Letter from Gertrude Jekyll to Mrs Furze [?Mrs Furse]

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Written from Munstead Wood, Godalming, [Surrey]. Manuscript

She is not surprised Furze took her Uvularia grandiflora for her streptocarpus; she thanks her for the pieces sent; she can see no difference between them except in the proportion of the leaves and size and number of lobes of the seed pod; she is fond of this class of plant including the maianthemums; the large maianthemum or Smilacina racemosa is beautiful and interesting with its heavy-swagging head of autumn fruit, and she likes the tall Maianthemum verticillata; she has some Maianthemum bifolium in her copse; she will never forget her delight when, at the age of 11, she saw it for the first time in woods in Bavaria; she was glad of Furze’s recent visit and hopes she will come again, though she tries to deter idle or curious visitors; she wishes she could visit Furze in Camberley but her eyesight is affected by the exertion of trying to see in any new place; she has had to give up going away and be content with the quietest home life