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Cassandra Austen (Greta Scacchi) & Mrs Austen (Phyllida Law) in Miss Austen Regrets

During my morning stroll I saw crocuses, snowdrops, pansies, and daffodils in bloom. What a difference two weeks make! Spring is in the air, and the robins are pushing north.

Columbine, Lilac, Small Daisy, Peony, Sweet Briar, & Mignonnette

It is time to think about the garden, and this year I am inclined to plant a few varieties that Jane Austen and her family grew. Jane wrote to Cassandra:

Syringa, Sweet William

Some of the Flower seeds are coming up very well–but your Mignioette makes a wretched appearance. Our young Piony at the foot of the Fir tree has just blown & looks very handsome & the whole of the Shrubbery Border will soon be very gay with Pinks & Sweet Williams, in addition to the Columbines already in bloom. The Syringas too are coming out — We are likely to have a great crop of Orleans plumbs–but not many greengages–on the sandard scarcely any–three or four dozen perhaps against the wall. – Christian Encounters:Jane Austen, Leithart, p75- 76.

Greengages, Gooseberry, Wild Strawberry, & Moor Park Apricot

The excellent article, Jane Austens Flower Garden, describes additional variety of flowers, fruits, trees and shrubs and the kitchen garden. “I remember the garden well,” writes Miss Lefroy. “A very high thick hedge divided it from the (Winchester) road, and round it was a pleasant shrubbery walk, with a rough bench or two where no doubt Mrs. Austen and Cassandra and Jane spent many a summer afternoon.”

Row of Beeches, Long grasses, Hedgerow, Potatoes

Kitchen Garden

Flowers, trees, and shrubs mentioned

  • Syringa
  • Lilac
  • Cornflowers
  • Columbines
  • Sweet Williams
  • Old-fashioned roses
  • Mock Orange
  • Hollyhocks
  • Philadelphus
  • Pinks
  • Small daisies
  • Sweetbriar
  • Syringas
  • Laburnum
  • Currants
  • Gooseberry bushes
  • Raspberries
  • Wild strawberries
  • Hedgerow
  • Gravel Walk
  • Orchard with plum tree
  • Long grass
  • Thick hedge
  • Oaks
  • Row of beech trees
  • Quickset hedge
  • Kitchen garden
  • Potatoes
  • Philadelphus, Currants, & Plum


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