Letter from G. Jekyll [Gertrude Jekyll] to William Robinson

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Written from Munstead, Godalming, [Surrey]. Manuscript

She has been planting about 300 pyrolas which form a carpet in the alpine garden; they are planted deep and firmly in a hard slit in the ground and she doubts if anything was ever planted so firmly; she would have yelled with delight and done a war dance if she had been there on the occasion of his find, but she wonders why they flower so late; she suggests he send thousands to ‘go into nursery’ for future use and asks him to dig them with roots; she and Harris were at the mixed border and yesterday they worked on the square garden which may be good next year; tomorrow she goes for hollies if it is fine; Coreopsis lanceolata is abundant and she will send some to Penrhyn Castle; she suggests Convolvulus soldanella and Scilla autumnalis for the sand hills; the tin had the wrong lid and so was left behind in disgrace; Max Leichtlin sends her some treasures including Tritonia nobilis and leichtlini [now Kniphofia]

Dated ‘Nov 1st and dahlias not yet cut off by frost’, no year [?c.1882-1883; Jekyll was writing about the ‘alpine garden’ in other letters to Robinson in 1882 and 1883]