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David Culp’s writing transports his readers, even those at the other side of the Atlantic, to an enjoyment of his garden in Pennsylvania, USA. It is a gardener’s garden and a gardener’s book, written for fellow gardeners who will understand so very well the happinesses, dreams, successes, trials and errors and great fun and enjoyment … Continue reading A Year at Brandywine Cottage
If you were starting out in gardening you would be very well served by this book. It could very well be considered the essential guidebook to the beginner and to anybody gardening in a small space who wished to have plant interest throughout the year. Originally, the cottage garden style was one of informal design … Continue reading The Modern Cottage Garden
Outstanding! Excellent! Beautiful! Another wonderful project! Sceitse is the fourth in a series of publications from the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and continues the high standards of material, design and production of Aibítir – The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art (2014), Plandaí Oidhreachta – Heritage Irish Plants (2016) and Éireannnach – Celebrating Native Plants … Continue reading Sceitse
This is the second edition of Britain's Habitats, A Field Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Great Britain and Ireland by Sophie Lake, Durwyn Liley, Robert Still and Andy Swash, another excellent title in the WildGuides series from Princeton University Press which will be a valuable resource for anybody with an interest in our wild … Continue reading Getting into the Habitat.
This rather odd title - for so it struck me - is proved by the golden thread of the artist's insightful and revealing commentary on her work which runs through the narrative. 21 January, 1997: "I have been in intense and exhausting contemplation with leaves and stems, light and shadow, with changing tone and colour; … Continue reading Thinking The Plant
Yes, I can be slow, slow for things to strike me, for the penny to drop, to eventually come to the realisation of what has been nagging at me for some time. It happens sometimes when I visit a garden. I walk around with that feeling that something is now right, something about the garden … Continue reading The Penny Drops…Eventually!
Anne Repnow is a "snowdrop friend" living in Germany. We met some years back, across the internet, in various Facebook groups where snowdrop enthusiasts share photographs of whichever cultivars are currently in flower in their gardens, where people share experiences, ask for advice and, generally, chat about snowdrops. As well as participating in several other … Continue reading For the Love of Snowdrops.
With this book Sissinghurst has received what it so deservedly merits, an author whose writings do it justice, for reading Tim Richardson’s book has been an enjoyment comparable to visiting Harold Nicholson’s and Vita Sackville-West’s garden. Both are simply superb. The garden’s creators are no longer with us; the garden has been in the care … Continue reading Sissinghurst, The Dream Garden
Few of us could identify what inspired the design of our garden. Generally, we have muddled along as our garden developed, adding a bed here, a border there, a feature, a seat, a specimen tree, a vista, the lawn, the general planting etc. etc. However, there is absolutely no doubt about it, we each and … Continue reading On Psyche’s Lawn: The Gardens at Plaz Metaxu