Welty on Wednesday: Tell About Night Flowers

The recent release of Tell About Night Flowers Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters 1940-1949, selected and edited by Julia Eichelberger, was cause for a celebration.  Tuesday afternoon a reception, book signing and reading was given at the Eudora Welty House and Garden.  In spite of the rainy weather there was a lovely turnout for this exciting event.

Julia Eichelberger is the Mary Belle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature at the College of Charleston and is the author of several other publications.  She was welcomed and introduced by several other authors and Welty dignitaries.

Tell About Night Flowers

Tell About Night Flowers

Tell About Night Flowers

One of the letters Julia chose to read…

June 12, 1942

“Dear Diarmuid, (….) There has been much hard work in the garden, and it is a hot steamy rainy time with beautiful long-lasting sunsets and soft black nights with wind from the gulf coming in the south and the cardinals and mockingbirds singing all night again.  Every evening between 8 and 9 you can watch the Calypso daylily opening – it is a night daylily – palest pure yellow, long slender curved petals, the color of the new moon.  To see it actually open, the petals letting go, is wonderful, and its night fragrance comes to you all at once like a breath.  What makes it open at night – what does it open to?  in the same progression as others close, moment by moment.  Tell about night flowers.  Yours, Eudora”

daylilies, Welty, garden

Dayliies in the Welty Garden

Throughout the Education and Visitors Center were beautiful flower arrangements made from flowers cut fresh from the Welty garden that morning, and with descriptions next to each one naming the flowers contained in the arrangement and references to the inclusion of some in Miss Welty’s writings.

Tell About Night Flowers

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Tell About Night Flowers

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Tell About Night Flowers

Tell About Night Flowers

Appropriately, tomato sandwiches were served…

Tell About Night Fl;owers

The reception was set up right under the mural of the Mississippi State Fair painted by Eudora, using up all the little cans of house paint that she found left over from previous projects.  The mural was found in the basement of the house…

mural, state fair, Eudora Welty

I am looking forward to reading this collection which I am sure will open up yet more of the personality of the wonderful Eudora Welty.

Go grab a copy and let’s read!

 

 

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Comments

  1. lovely! the arrangements are so summery. I am off to get the book. pgt

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Oh good, let me know what you think. I feel like her personal letters reveal so much about her personality!

  2. Lee Anne Bryan says:

    Marsha! You always take the most beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing with everyone. LAB