Near the side entrance to the house, located on the opposite side of this picture, this plaque is displayed near a small garden, and tells the reader what flowers each of the daughters preferred to plant in their own garden spaces.
"As spring came on, a new set of amusements became the fashion, and the lengthening days gave long afternoons for work and play of all sorts. The garden had to be put in order, and each sister had a quarter of the little plot to do what she liked with. Hannah used to say, "I'd know which each of them gardings belonged to, ef I see 'em in Chiny," and so she might, for the girls' tastes differed as much as their characters. Meg's had roses and heliotrope, myrtle, and a little orange tree in it. Jo's bed was never alike two seasons, for she was always trying experiments. This year it was to be a plantation of sun flowers, the seeds of which cheerful land aspiring plant were to feed Aunt Cockle-top and her family of chicks. Beth had old-fashioned fragrant flowers in her garden, sweet peas and mignonette, larkspur, pinks, pansies, and southernwood, with chickweed for the birds and catnip for the pussies. Amy had a bower in hers, rather small and earwiggy, but very pretty to look at, with honeysuckle and morning-glories hanging their colored horns and bells in graceful wreaths all over it, tall white lilies, delicate ferns, and as many brilliant, picturesque plants as would consent to blossom there." --Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
I found these absolutely charming vintage paper dolls here.
|Meg loved roses|
|while rambunctious Jo preferred the cheerful sunflower|
|Amy chose the morning glories|
|While sweet Beth preferred old fashioned flowers like sweet peas and pansies|
|I love the fragrance of sweet peas!|
Here's a lovely flower poem by Louisa May from the 1855 collection Flower Fables. I hope you have a beautiful start to your week, and maybe where you live it's warm enough to peek in your garden and see signs of spring!
BRIGHTER SHONE THE GOLDEN SHADOWS
by: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
- righter shone the golden shadows;
- On the cool wind softly came
- The low, sweet tones of happy flowers,
- Singing little Violet's name.
- 'Mong the green trees was it whispered,
- And the bright waves bore it on
- To the lonely forest flowers,
- Where the glad news had not gone.
- Thus the Frost-King lost his kingdom,
- And his power to harm and blight.
- Violet conquered, and his cold heart
- Warmed with music, love, and light;
- And his fair home, once so dreary,
- Gay with lovely Elves and flowers,
- Brought a joy that never faded
- Through the long bright summer hours.
- Thus, by Violet's magic power,
- All dark shadows passed away,
- And o'er the home of happy flowers
- The golden light for ever lay.
- Thus the Fairy mission ended,
- And all Flower-Land was taught
- The 'Power of Love,' by gentle deeds
- That little Violet wrought.