|Just some pretty flowers from before it dried up here.|
Earlier this summer I started reading mysteries by Agatha Christie, particularly those that feature Miss Jane Marple as the detective/sleuth/mystery solver.
I was lured into reading the first Miss Jane Marple mystery, Nemesis, by a co-worker who said I should read it because it involved a garden tour.
As though my criteria for whether or not I read a book, any book, is whether or not it involves something gardening related? (Absolutely!)
I took the bait and accepted the suggestion to read Nemesis. I did enjoy it as it did involve a garden tour.
Then I received a second suggestion to read Sleeping Murders because this also involved a garden of sorts.
At this point, I realized I had read the last two Agatha Christie mysteries featuring Miss Jane Marple. That seemed a bit incomplete to me, so I started reading all of them, this time reading them in chronological order. (No, not all at once, one at a time.) So far, I’ve read The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, and The Moving Finger and am currently reading A Murder is Announced.
I’ve been stuck on the last book, A Murder is Announced, for several weeks. Or rather I paused my reading of it to read Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters 1940-1949 edited by Julia Eichelberger.
Halfway through reading Tell About Night Flowers I wanted to grow camellias, at least one or three, even though they are not hardy here. In fact, over the weekend, I put three camellias in an online cart and almost hit the “buy” button. But I didn’t. I decided if I still have a hankering for camellias in the spring, I’ll buy one or three then. (An open invitation to southern gardeners to convince me to at least try to grow a camellia or three!)
Having finished reading Tell About Night Flowers, I am back to reading A Murder is Announced. It has a few nice quotes about gardening and gardeners in it. All the Miss Jane Marple murder mysteries seem to have nice quotes about gardening in them.
There’s this one: “...remember that an elderly unmarried woman who knits and gardens is streets ahead of any detective sargeant.” Well, now. I just need to first get a little, really a lot older and second learn to knit and I’ll be able to solve all the mysteries in my neighborhood.
And this one: “But it’s gardening that’s needed here. And that isn’t learned in a day. Gardening, that’s what this place needs.“
Isn’t that the perfect line to use when someone asks you, a gardener, to look over their yard and tell them what to do with it? They want it to be a nice garden, right now. Just place your hands on your hips and state loudly, “it’s gardening that’s needed here. And that isn’t learned in a day.” Then they’ll know there are no quick fixes when it comes to a messed up yard. “it’s gardening that’s needed here…“
There are more quotes related to gardening throughout the Agatha Christie mysteries feature Miss Jane Marple. But that’s enough for one post. I’m going back to reading now, reading all about how Miss Jane Marple solves mysteries, while knitting and of course, gardening.
“It’s gardening that’s needed here.”