"The wren, the wren the king of the birds!" was our childhood rhyme for St. Stephen's Day. The tiny wren won his title by being the one which flew highest - after a piggy-back ride on the eagle. However cold weather has no respect for king nor achievements and I was saddened to come on … Continue reading Long Live the King!
"Orchid Summer" by Jon Dunn A copy of Jon Dunn's "Orchid Summer" arrived in this morning's post. It is a book which has been well flagged on social media among native orchid enthusiasts – an account of orchid-seeking journeys around Great Britain and Ireland from the southern coast chalk downs of England to the moorlands … Continue reading A Preview rather than a Review!
We gardeners really so often live in a trance of self-delusion with green-tinted rather than rose-tinted glasses, I suppose! The last book I read and reviewed (below) was a celebration of the beauty that may be found in the garden in winter with colourful bark on trees and shrubs featuring vibrantly. It painted a delightful … Continue reading Winter Gardening
The winter garden is an opportunity for imagination, surprise and great beauty and Cedric Pollet’s book, Winter Gardens - Reinventing the Season, will certainly open your eyes to the possibilities, inspire you and move you to no longer think of winter as the closed season but as another vibrant time in the garden. … Continue reading Winter Gardens
For many years I walked and enjoyed the wildness of a deserted railway line close to my home. The interaction between the industrial hard landscape and the gradual but persistent encroachment of nature is always fascinating and it was such a scene in New York which inspired the development of the High Line, one of … Continue reading Gardens of the High Line