What to sow, grow and do – A seasonal garden guide from Benjamin Pope. Benjamin Pope has worked in horticulture for over twenty years and is presently head gardener in a private estate in West Sussex where he cares for a large walled kitchen garden with extensive herbaceous borders and also manages meadows and woodlands … Continue reading What to sow, grow and do.
"Growing your own flowers for cutting is all about bringing the outside into your home, reconnecting with a sense of seasonality and nature. Flowers are food for the soul, and it's time to rediscover the beauty of blooms grown in tune with the season." Growing your own cut flowers brings the pleasure of creating beauty … Continue reading Cut Flowers
This Is a book of encouragement, of positivity, of giving it a go! Read it and realise it doesn’t take an expert gardener to create something of beauty, something which brings enjoyment, a garden that will enhance our lives and our environment. Almost to prove the point, the author tackles what most gardeners would consider … Continue reading Shade
The gardening tourist could have no better companion if visiting Somerset than this wonderful book from Abigail Willis with photographs by Clive Boursnell. It will be the perfect guidebook, providing a comprehensive listing of the most desirable locations, each temptingly described and illustrated and in these days of travel restrictions it will also provide hours … Continue reading Secret Gardens of Somerset
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
The English garden is admired around the world and anybody who wishes to gain an insight and understanding of these gardens will be well served by reading this updated edition of Ursula Buchan’s, The English Garden. It is possibly the most comprehensive, yet concise, treatment of the topic that I have read. Perhaps the defining … Continue reading The English Garden
There was love there too though! The gardens of the rich and famous are always an attraction to us; there is a curiosity value to them – we are curious! We want to see what money can do and, perhaps, imagine what we would do if we had the money! The Irish temperament would, of … Continue reading Though There was Dough There…
England is a great destination for garden lovers with a richness of gardens which guarantees enjoyment for the visitor. It is a very convenient destination for gardening enthusiasts in Ireland – a short ferry journey and the comfort of your own car to travel from garden to garden. Our preparation for these visits generally begins … Continue reading Thinking Small is Sometimes Best
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
Over one million people visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-on-Avon each year despite the not too often mentioned fact that the house was demolished in the mid-nineteenth century by the then owner as he was tired of the people who called to see it. They continue to come, especially on the 400th anniversary of his death, … Continue reading What does one say, Mr. Shakespeare?