Quip- A Witty Remark

WELCOME to the 2014  #AtoZ Blog Challenge

Inspired By My Pinterest Boards:  This Year’s Category is GARDENING

images-90Garden Writer, Beverly Nichols

Beverly Nichols’ name should be in the dictionary after the word Quip. He is known for his garden wit and wisdom found in the book Rhapsody in Green, Edited by Roy C. Dicks. Nichols is a celebrated English author whose books have thankfully been rereleased by Timber Press. I have collected most of them. I have laughed my way through Nichols’ adventures, fondly regarded his cast of characters, and marvel at the fun Nichols brings to the subject of gardening. If you have missed him, don’t delay in entering his world that will bring you joy. Here are a few examples of his quips…

The only real expense lies in the upkeep – (a generalization which applies not only to plants but to people, in friends, and to lovers.

The prettiest definition of a weed that I ever read was coined by a learned director of Kew Gardens, Sir Edward Salisbury, who wrote, ‘A weed is a flower in the wrong place.’ Or, more generally, ‘A plant growing where we do not want it.’

Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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12 Responses to Quip- A Witty Remark

  1. I’m all for disapproving of people who speak sharply to cats 🙂
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  2. I wonder whether he meant geraniums or pelargoniums, which are commonly referred to as geraniums in England. Sue

  3. celticmama36 says:

    I like the definition of a weed. However, I am so desperate for a color other than green in this yard, that I do want the weeds, especially the yellow ones referred to as dandelions. I’m not opposed to the color green at all. I just like to have the other colors in there, too.

    Have a blessed Easter!

  4. LOL Thank you for introducing him. I was not aware. Loved the quips you shared 🙂

  5. Barbara Williamson says:

    So funny. I love flowers but have always disliked geraniums. I resonate with this one!

  6. I love wild flowers and so know just what he’s talking about!

  7. Vidya Sury says:

    Stepheny, I was smiling as I read the last paragraph! I dream of a garden gone wild. During my childhood, I lived in a home with an overgrown, but lovingly tended garden!

    Loved your choice of word for Q – and enjoyed the post! Thank you!

  8. Me too! I’m a weed–a flower in the wrong place!!!

  9. Pat Hatt says:

    Damn, i speak to cats, screwed

  10. batteredhope says:

    I just discovered your blog as I am doing this challenge as well. I don’t know a lot about gardening but I will start reading your blog posts. I am writing about dogs for the 26 days — hope you can stop by as well.

    Carol @ Battered Hope

  11. Very interesting! Now I want to look this man up and check out his books. I’m following you via my WordPress site and I’ll be able to keep up after the Challenge. Looks like we are both Illinois natives! My parents were married in Evanston.

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