Orchids by nature are inclined to be variable and identifying them accurately can be quite a challenge. Those who come to an interest in orchids from a non-botanical background quickly find that their previous experience of colour-organised identification guides is now of little relevance as their search for identification moves from colour to morphology – … Continue reading Britain’s Orchids – A New Book!
I'd be sipping my glass of wine - I imagine it might be a Beaujolais nouveau; it's what I fancy at the moment, anyway - and I'd be holding the book open, at page 130, and wandering the room. Everybody is happy, cheerful, as everybody is on occasions such as this. Everybody is cheerful, positive, … Continue reading We’re Launching!
Hot off the presses, An Irish Nature Year, is a collection of 365 short, quirky and fabulously interesting articles from Jane Powers. This is Jane's third book and is, by and large, a selection of her nature notes from The Times. She is the one who cannot pass a wildflower, insect, bird or whatever without … Continue reading An Irish Nature Year.
I recently read Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History by Carol Gracie and thought it one of the best wildflower books I had ever read and, very significantly, it was one with perfect relevance to readers at this side of the Atlantic as we grow many of those very same wildflowers in our gardens. … Continue reading Not Once, but Twice!
Lavish praise, a very generous book review, can be counter-productive for there is within us all that little streak of cynicism which says it may be too good to be true. This is my predicament with Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History by Carol Gracie for I fear that you may be inclined … Continue reading Flowers – Wild and Garden!
Reading Tom Curtis and Paul Whelan's book, The Wild Food Plants of Ireland, has brought another layer, a greater depth of interest, to my wildflower wanderings along our road in recent days. The damsons on the boundary ditch of the garden have set well but I'll have to wait for them to ripen before picking … Continue reading Dining on the Long Acre – The Wild Food Plants of Ireland
"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.