Harriet Rycroft might well have named her book, The Pots in my Backyard, for it has a homely, unassuming tone running through it which is very endearing. There was no styling of pot arrangements for the many photographs which illustrate this book, no photoshopping of images to add a touch more colour or contrast to … Continue reading Pots
How fortunate we are in life to have among us those rare, to be loved and treasured people, those genuine garden experts and high achievers who don't seek the high ground of "personality", nor assume a cloak of great importance but retain the simple and pure enjoyment of gardening and of plants and whose love … Continue reading A Little Bit of Wonk
Was it by design? Did this book know which page would have immediate appeal to me? Perhaps the author had something to do with it or was it simply a moment of serendipity? Mark Roper has just had a new book published, Beyond Stillness, and it arrived in this morning's post. Mark's book are for … Continue reading The Book Opened at this Page
It was in 1997 that there was great commotion and hullabaloo over the "amateur" gardener who was awarded a gold medal for the garden she built and designed at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. It seemed that the previous twenty two years she had gardened at her home, Helmingham Hall in Sullolk, did … Continue reading A Garden Well Placed
Decay is at the heart of the garden and Julian Doberski's The Science of Compost - Life, Death and Decay in the Garden is the most insightful and informative book on the topic I have read. It is important, so as not to mislead, to point out from the outset that this is not a … Continue reading A Ferment of Little Rotters!
Following World War II, Japan went through a period of huge redevelopment and change in traditional ways with the expansion of electrical, gas, water and sewage services, the building of railways and expressways and the consequent move away from the traditional firewood and charcoal to the use of fossil fuels. The satoyama forests, that area … Continue reading Tokachi Millennium Forest
Containers in the Garden – Claus Dalby Claus Dalby has gained a well-deserved international reputation for the beauty and flair of his arrangements of potted plants and also as a person who has excellent communication skills so we are all able to benefit from his years of experimentation and experience. This book is lavishly and … Continue reading Containers in the Garden
We know that bees are amazing creatures. They can build hives of architectural and structural complexity which astound us. They live in perfectly organised, efficient and hard-working communities. They can communicate with each other - a bee which finds a good source of pollen is able to tell fellow members of the swarm its direction … Continue reading Bee Amazed!
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when as you read the first few pages of a new book you realise you have hit on a treasure and that there are hours of pure bliss and enjoyment stretching wonderfully in front of you. This is how it was for me with Miss Willmott’s Ghosts from Sandra Lawrence … Continue reading Miss Willmott’s Ghosts
There is hardly a teacher who has not been a little irritated by George Bernard Shaw's "those who can, do and those who can't, teach" in his 1903 drama, 'Man and Superman'. It has certainly lasted the years and the test of time and there may, I concede, be a certain grain of truth in … Continue reading I Wasn’t Rodin’s First Choice!