Six on Saturday-Agatha Christie

I have just finished reading Agatha Christie’s murder at the vicarage. Within Christie’s work gardens and gardening come up again and again. Miss Marple is an avid gardener enjoying the opportunities it gives her to observe the comings and goings in her village. Garden parties are a regular setting. Christie herself even had a rather lovely rose named after her. In Miss Marple’s final case we know she is getting on as she is advised not to exert herself gardening. So I thought this week I would look at six Agatha Christie gardening links.

1. Deadheading the roses

I understand, Miss Marple that Mrs. Protheroe passed this way yesterday evening?

Yes, she did. I called out to her, and she admired my roses.

Miss Marple spends much time tending her roses. This gives her ample time to be a busy body observing her neighbourhood. My roses are doing very well but I am now having to start on my deadheading. Lots more blooms coming through. I have a mix of repeat flowering roses and old roses.

2. Secateurs

Miss Marple favoured bypass secateurs for her pruning as do I. I’m sure she’d appreciate the gold leaf gloves as well.

3. Poison plants

Agatha Christie worked for a period as a dispenser and had a knowledge of poisonous plants. Torre Abbey even has a garden dedicated to the poisonous plants of Christie’s novels. In Postern of fate, foxgloves were planted in amongst sage the murderer knew would be collected for the evening’s meal. My foxgloves are going over but they have held up well through rain and wind.

4. Ferns

I am developing several areas with ferns. The corner near the shed has the most established. One of the supposed highlights of Christie’s garden, though I’ve never visited, is the fernery. I have found myself giving more space over to ferns and the front garden is going to be largely ferns and hostas.

5. Rocks

“Yes.” she said, it must have come as a very nasty shock for him to come across you just then. But her turned it off very well-pretending he was bringing it to me for me for my rock gardens. Only-Miss Marple became suddenly very emphatic. “It was the wrong sort of stone for my rock gardens! And that put me on the right track!”

Even the wrong sort of rock can set Miss Marple on your case. I’ve dug in a few rocks we had spare to go in the front garden. I’d like to look at cultivating the moss for a more natural look. Natural yoghurt mixed with compost is supposed to work.

6. Mystery plant

Christie wrote great mysteries so here is one for all of you. My mum gave me two of these seedlings but didn’t know what they were. Gardens hour suggested morning glory but now we have flowers I can see that was wrong. Anyone solve the case?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this literary-themed six. Any other good gardens out there in literature? Now I finished one Christie I face the problem of what to read next as everything seems inferior after.

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20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday-Agatha Christie”

  1. Great SoS! I always worry about foxglove seedlings amongst the mint. Have you tried the Plantnet app on your mystery plant?

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  2. Your title intrigued and the post did not disappoint. What fun! Thank you!
    The mystery plant looks almost certainly like buckwheat- can you ask your mum if the seeds were pyramid-shaped and glossy brown-black?

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    1. Thank you. Nice writing. I will ask my mum. See if we can come closer to solving the mystery. Not sure why she’d have buckwheat though. Does it have any ornamental purpose or food purpose on a small scale?

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    1. I’ve started on the body in the library and straight away found more gardening references.

      “Selina Blake is the nicest woman imaginable. Her herbaceous borders are simply marvellous; they make me green with envy. And she’s frightfully generous with her cuttings”. This is given as a reason why her son can’t be a murderer.

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  3. Love the theme! What a nice change on the sixers. I have been to Greenway and it is a lovely woodland garden leading down to the river Dart with ransoms and bluebells, camellias, azaleas and rhodies in the spring. The house is interesting too.

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  4. An enjoyable read plus some beautiful flowers. I hope your mystery is resolved. As to more writers who use gardens in their work, I suspect you’d have to stay w/mid-20th century or before, when gardens were a part of everyone’s daily life. Flannery O’Connor wrote a story about her peacocks, if that’s of interest.

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