“Good Lord what humus!” So true…

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 | 2 comments


I find that a real gardener is not a man who cultivates flowers;
he is a man who cultivates the soil. He is a creature who digs
himself into the earth and leaves the sight of what is on it to us
gaping good-for-nothings. He lives buried in the ground. He
builds his monument in a heap of compost. If he came into the
Garden of Eden, he would sniff excitedly and say:
Good Lord, what humus!

– Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year, 1931


(Photos from Fall 2011, Larrapin Garden)

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  1. Hello,
    I was just wandering around Blogland and found you. I heard people say something was ‘larrapin good’ all my life, but this is the first time I’ve seen it written. Thanks for spelling it for me!
    I love the blue Garden sign. Looks really good on the red shed (chicken coop?) with the Fall foliage in the background.
    (I’m in north Mississippi).

    • Great to have you visit Lea. (I popped over to your blog – what wonderful photography!) I first heard the expression from my father in law and had to look it up. It’s claimed as originating from many southern states and texas too. Several readers have written to say their grandparents used the expression… I love it, gave me a whole theme to my garden. Thanks so much for your kind words.