Friday 2 May 2014

The bedside book of the garden - by Dr D.G.Hessayon

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The bedside book of the garden is on my bedside right now, and it occasionally joins me in the bath too. I find it the perfect companion for bath-time because if I have the window open I can see the garden from the tub ... and occasionally the neighbours too (ohh-err missus!) Turns out, it is about gardening but it focuses more about where the garden came from, and the people that gave it to us. It also gives us practical tips such as; How to press flowers, make wine, floral perfume, hops pillows and so much more. It's just a lovely read, and if you love flowers and gardening, I've no doubt you'll love this. This following explains it better than I can ... 

How very true ... the wise words of Dr D. G. Hessayon

"There are times when we simply wish to read about our hobby and not be badgered by advice. If you enjoy reading about plants whether or not you can grow them, or enjoy discovering gardens you may never visit and could never hope to match, or are keen to learn how people gardened in the past and what they have contributed to our gardens today, then this is the book for you. It includes sections on the great gardeners in history; extraordinary and surprising plants; remarkable gardens around the world; key gardening moments in history; the wildlife in our gardens; things for the plant lover to do indoors, and other 'this and that' trivia, statistics and fascinating things you never knew, all illustrated with charming line drawings. The perfect bedside read for a nation of gardeners."
JM x

A lovely bedtime (or bathtime) read. Did you know
Napoleon's Josephine is responsible for our 'Rose gardens'?

The bedside book of gardening


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  1. Thank you for the lovely recommendation! This book has been on my bedside since Christmas, and it also joins me for the occasional bath. I love reading your posts and am so so delighted to have found another kindred spirit!

    1. What a lovely message! Thanks Eligia, so glad you enjoyed the book and the blog :-) if you liked that one I reckon you'd love 'Cider with Rosie' if you haven't already read it, it's just lovely ... xx