Abbey Gardens Quiz

This page is part of  COLLECTING BOOKS and MAGAZINES, Blue Mountains, Australia
Updated 11th January, 2015.

The descriptions below come from the more common Abbey books so most of you should have them.

See how your knowledge of the gardens in the Abbey books holds up!

Write down the book, what garden it is & whose it is.

At a recent NSW Abbey meeting we decided that picking the book was TOO HARD  so we just answered the other 2, even then the top score was only only about 30 out of 44.

Many thanks to Nancy & Mary Bull for letting me use their competition here.

1. A tiny garden, full of early flowers – pansies, wallflowers, late daffodils, lilac- with narrow paved paths among the flowerbeds.

2. The passage led them to a smooth sunny lawn with old gray walls and broken arches and ancient doors and windows closing it in.

3. If you come back in the summer, you shall go up on the roof and see our garden. We’re going to grow hops and have a sun-screen. We plant things in tubs. They don’t always grow.

4. Her eyes were on the almond trees around the lawn, each a miracle of soft pink cloud, almost too faint and fairy-like to be blossom – on the sheets of daffodils spread below the green tipped branches of lilacs and laburnums – on the snowy prunis trees with their crimson leaf buds just opening, on the green dancing floor, and the hyacinths around its border.

5. As a lake, it was all that could be desired. It stretched away among the trees, reflecting pines and hawthorn; but at the lower end, there were open grass banks, and beds of rushes and a low islet in the middle, covered with flowering thorn bushes round one big oak tree.

6. It’s a beautiful place; look at the lake, and those rhododendrons and azaleas on the banks.

7. The pool is only a few inches deep. The flowerbed is to protect the lawn, so that no baby can roll off the grass into the water. We have only children’s flowers growing here; red and white daisies, and pansies with big faces and marigolds - bright colours.

8. It set them down in a green quadrangle… where the lawn was marked out in two tennis courts.

9. The park is out there, acres of it, with hills and woods and deer, and a lake with swans and peacocks.

10. Here’s thyme, and pimpernel and marjoram: it’s a mass of herbs, all matted and run wild.

11. It had a wooden fence and a small gate, and a little garden was gay with blue and white hyacinths and a big bush of flaring orange berberis.

12. The yard in front of the cottage was paved with big slabs of stone, and in the cracks between them were tiny rock plants. The tall blue lupins and larkspurs were massed in borders beside the low walls, in green tubs standing on stumpy pedestals were pansies in every colour.

13. It was a great grey house, with pillared front and long rows of windows, looking upon a lawn with fine old cedars and then down a wide valley to the land below the hills.

14. Fruit! Where we have paving stones and flowers – gooseberries and currants, and millions of rasps. and logans…. The path from the door to the green gate was bordered by forget-me nots in great banks of pale blue…. Behind the cottage was a tiny lawn with long grass, three apple trees, and a tangle of loganberries on two sides, while on the third the line of raspberries was continued to the end of the garden. On the walls were old plum and cherry trees.

15. The stones were grey, but covered with brown and yellow lichen; and here and there grew clumps of golden or brown wallflowers.

16. …and she wandered up and down gravel paths among beds of low bush roses, and at every turn found the garden bordered by line of pines and firs, which broke the force of the gales and gave it its air of sheltered peace.

17. The drive led through fields and buttercups, unfenced, but bordered here and there by bushes heavy with white and red may.

18. The long narrow field stretched up the hill, with knee-high grass and buttercups and sorrel. The path within it led down a bank to a single plank which bridged a swift little stream; an oak tree by the brook stretched its arms over the lower field and gave the only shade.

19. Behind the house the slope was cut into terraces, one of them a lawn, one given up to fruit trees and bushes, the higher ones aglow with colour all the year round. At present they were gay with asters and dahlias and the second crop of roses.

20. The path from the gate led through heather and bracken, then wound through a tangle of rhododendron bushes and silver birch trees, till unexpectedly a dark pool appeared. On the farther side was a hill, crowned by pine trees which were mirrored in the pond. The path ended in a boat house where a punt lay moored.

21. Come and look at our garden! The rockeries are called Wirral and Windermere; those are where the stones come from. Don’t you like our hyacinths?

22. Enclosed by the rock walls at broad level was a lawn, with a shallow pool in the middle. The rocks were sprinkled with heather and gorse and golden stone-crop, and the low wall between the lawn and the road had harebells growing in the crannies…. The vegetable beds and plots of perennials were edged with bushes of lavender.

23. The beautiful old house stood on a terrace with a stone balustrade, above smooth lawns bordered by flowering trees. The chestnuts, red hawthorns and laburnums were not yet showing their colours, but the beds below the terrace were ablaze with tulips.

ANSWERS! See how you did.

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