A ‘guest post’ from the evergreen Miss Austen
Well, who would have thought that Jane Austen would have written my Tuesday Tree post for me? We think of her as foremost a commentator on society; yet the more I re-read her, the more I appreciate her acute observations on all aspects of life. I never expected, however, to discover that she has something to say even about conifers.
This quotation comes from Mansfield Park, chapter 22, courtesy of Talk Like Jane Austen Day.
‘ “The evergreen! How beautiful, how welcome, how wonderful the evergreen! When one thinks of it, how astonishing a variety of nature! In some countries we know the tree that sheds its leaf is the variety, but that does not make it less amazing that the same soil and the same sun should nurture plants differing in the first rule and law of their existence. You will think me rhapsodising; but when I am out of doors, especially when I am sitting out of doors, I am very apt to get into this sort of wondering strain. One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.” ‘
Rambling fancies on common natural productions pretty well sums up Dancing Beastie. Good old Jane.
In illustration of Jane Austen’s point, you might enjoy Autumn under the Douglas firs.