"The biggest reason to have a kitchen garden is for your own happiness" writes author, Nicole Johnsey Burke, and I suggest that the best place to start for those who wish to have a kitchen garden is with this book. There is an approach in this book seldom, if ever, seen elsewhere - that the … Continue reading Kitchen Garden Revival
It works! Britain’s Ferns is intended to provide a practical and functional approach to the identification of ferns, and it works! I put it to the test with a number of local ferns and one horsetail and the identification keys, which are at the heart of the book, guided me through the process in simple … Continue reading Britain’s Ferns – A Review.
Yes, I went on a bee hunt. You know the story – Long wavy grass, deep cold river, thick oozy mud, big dark forest, snowstorm and…no, there was no narrow gloomy cave and no bear! I did say it was a bee hunt! It was a short hunt, just to the garden to a patch … Continue reading We’re Going on a Bee Hunt!
The Story of Trees and how they changed the way we live is an informative and fascinating presentation of the most interesting trees in the world. It intertwines the botany and history of these 100 trees, their uses and benefits to mankind, their place in folklore, religion and culture with their place in the modern … Continue reading The Story of Trees – A Review.
Small changes in our gardening can make an enormous difference to our world – The “Act locally, think globally” concept could never be applied so effectively! We can each, in our individual gardens, make small changes which will be beneficial to our environment, to the pollinators of our country and its ecology without, and this … Continue reading The Pollinator Victory Garden…A Review.
Modern Plant Hunters – Dr. Sandy Primrose. Plant hunters have given our gardens the most wonderful range of plants; we are greatly indebted to these brave, courageous and daring people and Dr. Sandy Primrose’s account of our modern plant hunters is gripping and informative reading for all gardeners and plant lovers. Plant hunting is not … Continue reading Modern Plant Hunters – A Review.
Fragrance lost its importance in our gardens. We drifted away from an appreciation of scent; became more visual in our judgement and selection and nowadays rarely include scent in a description of a plant. We have fallen out of the practice of appreciating one of the central and important aspects of our gardens, the fragrance … Continue reading The Scentual Garden – A Review.
This is a remarkable book, a book of extraordinary depth and of marvellous inspiration. Olivier and Clara Filippi have run a nursery, specialising in Mediterranean plants, in the south of France for over thirty years. They have travelled the world to study the plants of dry-climate regions and have made an in-depth examination of … Continue reading Olivier Filippi – Bringing the Mediterranean into your Garden.
Isabel Bannerman describes scent wonderfully: Witch hazel has a clean sanatorium smell of pure alcohol and Elastoplast. The crushed gourd-shaped seed pods of Wintersweet, if crushed, smell of dusty cloves, spiced wines and the depths of unused drawers. The rose, ‘Rosarie de l’Hay’ smells of cucumber, tea and laundered tablecloths laid at a table on … Continue reading Scent Magic!
How to Grow Native Orchids in Gardens Large and Small Enthusiasts of our native orchids might well fear that a book on growing these precious and nowadays scarce plants in the garden is simply another threat to numbers in the wild but the very first few pages of this book will reassure them that … Continue reading How to Grow Native Orchids