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Tulips


Tulips in a Staffordshire Vase by Dora Carrington.
Carrington is best known these days for her infatuation with Lytton Strachey and her suicide after his death. Let other pens dwell on Bloomsbury boringness. What interests me is that she was mad about tulips and filled her gardens with them so that she had plenty for the house and for painting.

I love this picture and found it in an old copy of The English Garden, a superior magazine which I don't buy because it is too expensive and full of advertisements for things I can't afford. If I do buy a gardening magazine these days it will be good old Amateur Gardening. I have been turning out because it's the end of the NCCPG season. I run a book stall for the grouip and a lot of what we are given is really unsaleable to our highbrow membership, so I have filled six carrier bags with books for charity shops and shall have more space over the summer. All gardening books are hard to sell, even the good ones, as I am learning to my cost on eBay.
Tags: dora carrington, gardening books, gardening magazines, tulips
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