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"Gardening in your Nightie"

Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,259
I'm gutted as a talk by Helen Yemm I was going to next week has just been cancelled. Has anybody else got her books?  I'm just re-reading her book of the above name and it's a very funny but sensible book especially for beginners. Well worth trying to get hold of a copy. She also writes for the Daily Telegraph and has written books based on her articles  "Thorny Problems". I think she's brilliant.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589
    edited November 2018
    She presented a series on the Beeb years ago showing people how to renovate and revitaise back gardens.  I really enjoyed it as she gave sensible, clear advice and instructions for how to get plants healthy and under control and no complete makeovers costing a fortune.

    I ued to buy the Saturday Telegraph for her articles when we still lived in Blighty.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,259
    Hi Obelixx, I didn't know she'd also had a TV series, I'd love to see it. Her articles in Saturdays Telegraph are the first thing I turn to.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589
    It would have been late 80s or early 90s I reckon so long gone.  Good tho.   Got to like a TV gardener who is clear, concise, demostrates the how to and explains the why not to and what esle is possible.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,664
    She also writes for Saga magazine and I often come across her great articles searching for various plants. OH always brings the Telegraph over from London work visits, because it’s broadsheet format is the best thing for making into ‘croissants’ for lighting the log burner, but I always make sure I read Helen’s column before it’s consigned to the flames.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,259
    I've got three of her books, the Thorny Problems ones are a selection of her articles so handy for reference on particular problems.
    Nollie, I remember making "croissants" for young friends of my daughters on a narrow boat in Oxford one winter - they didn't have a clue how to light the log burner - and they were very impressed!
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,664
    Young ‘uns eh, Lizzie! I remember being taught how to make ‘concertinas’ by a friend whose Scottish Gran insisted this was the only way, croissants being for amateurs in her opinion. Roll the broadsheet page diagonally into a tube about an inch in diameter, flatten, then fold 90 degrees in the middle, then keep folding over each end of the tube over the join in turn, tucking in the end. Origami for firelighting. Something very therapeutic about making a basket of them to sit by the fire in readiness.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589
    Like the idea of croissants and concertinas.  Might try and find a Saturday Telegraph.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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