They used to wander round the high wall when their lessons were over, and talk about the beautiful garden inside.
Only in the garden of the Selfish Giant it was still winter.
For the main garden, I do not deny, but there should be some fair alleys ranged on both sides, with fruit-trees; and some pretty tufts of fruittrees, and arbors with seats, set in some decent order; but these to be by no means set too thick; but to leave the main garden so as it be not close, but the air open and free.
But it is nothing for great princes, that for the most part taking advice with workmen, with no less cost set their things together; and sometimes add statuas and such things for state and magnificence, but nothing to the true pleasure of a garden.
Those five years were spent in a flat in a town, and during their whole interminable length I was perfectly miserable and perfectly healthy, which disposes of the ugly notion that has at times disturbed me that my happiness here is less due to the garden than to a good digestion.
And then the evenings, when the workmen had all gone and the house was left to emptiness and echoes, and the old housekeeper had gathered up her rheumatic limbs into her bed, and my little room in quite another part of the house had been set ready, how reluctantly I used to leave the friendly frogs and owls, and with my heart somewhere down in my shoes lock the door to the garden behind me, and pass through the long series of echoing south rooms full of shadows and ladders and ghostly pails of painters' mess, and humming a tune to make myself believe I liked it, go rather slowly across the brick-floored hall, up the creaking stairs, down the long whitewashed passage, and with a final rush of panic whisk into my room and double lock and bolt the door!
It looked as though some person had been walking all over the garden
in a pair of clogs--only the foot-marks were too ridiculously little!
Perhaps it led into the garden
which no one had seen for ten years.
Strange, gentlemen," he said as they hurried out into the garden
, "that I should have hunted mysteries all over the earth, and now one comes and settles in my own back-yard.
But the snow came earlier than usual that year; and although the old lame horse hauled in plenty of wood from the forest outside the town, so they could have a big fire in the kitchen, most of the vegetables in the garden
were gone, and the rest were covered with snow; and many of the animals were really hungry.
Seen from above the garden
was certainly shabby; but I perceived at a glance that it had great capabilities.
Evidently, he desired this prick of a trifling anguish, in order to assure himself, by that quality which he best knew to be real, that the garden
, and the seven weather-beaten gables, and Hepzibah's scowl, and Phoebe's smile, were real likewise.
The farewell warning of Crayford in the solitudes of the Frozen Deep, repeated by Clara in the garden
of her English home
If you are a child of the Gardens
you must know the chestnut-tree near the bridge, which comes out in flower first of all the chestnuts, but perhaps you have not heard why this tree leads the way.
So fond of babes was this little mother that she had always room near her for one more, and often have I seen her in the Gardens
, the centre of a dozen mites who gazed awestruck at her while she told them severely how little ladies and gentlemen behave.