Sat Apr 26th This morning a man came from the shops
to spade my flower garden & hoe the currant
bushes Miss Foss Susan & self rode to Edwin Manlys
to speak for some plants and then went to Mothers
got there about half past twelve. Brought
home some Horseradish, Carraway roots & some
few plants Made the skirt to Susans green
borage Delaine Miss Foss has finished the two shirts.
At last, gardening in earnest. A shovel shop employee was taken off his usual task to go up to the Ames homestead to turn over the soil in Evelina’s flower beds. He used an Ames shovel, no doubt, and also an Ames hoe to loosen the dirt around the currant bushes behind the house.
Evelina celebrated the spring day with her daughter Susie and boarder Orinthia Foss; the three took a wagon, most likely, north to the home of Edwin Manly. At the time, Manly lived close to the town line with Stoughton, and was employed at the shovel shop. He was obviously interested in plants and kept an informal nursery on his farm, raising flowers to sell. His green thumb brought in customers like Evelina. Not too long after this, however, he hurt his hand and had to leave his job at O. Ames & Sons. Fascinated by biology, chemistry and science in general, he studied medicine at Harvard, became a physician and set up an office in North Easton in the early 1860s. Later he moved to Taunton, where he worked as the town librarian for a number of years. Eventually, he moved to California.
Flowers weren’t all that the women brought home in the wagon. They drove south to the other end of Easton to visit Evelina’s mother, Hannah Gilmore, at the Gilmore farm, where they picked up the horseradish and caraway roots and “some few plants.” That Evelina and Orinthia had time to sew after all that riding around says a lot about their stamina and work ethic.