1912 Flower Gardens

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, June 24, 1912:  I got so tired a working today. I am about well nigh used up.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sounds like Grandma had a rough day. After hard days I enjoy relaxing in my yard and enjoying my flowers.

I know that Grandma enjoyed  gardening when she was older. Maybe she also enjoyed relaxing amongst flowers when she was young.

Here are some hundred-year-old drawings of flower gardens in the April, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

6 Responses

  1. “Well nigh used up” Now I just may have to use that phrase…like it. I certainly like your personal notes and photographs also, Sheryl.

  2. Ditto with the “well nigh used up.” I do love Helena’s vocabulary, she did have a way with words.

  3. “Well-nigh”…Well it has been along time since I have heard that expression. Little higher up the mountains they would have said “purt-near”

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