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  • Thanks Fairygirl, DOH! should have gone to specsaversimage LOL. Yes I like to re-read garden MAGS bound to have missed something important. I'll check out the bookimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,987

    Christopher LLoyd's earlier books are lovely reads. Not so keen on some of the later ones, the pictures are good but the edge has gone from the writing

    Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden gets some re-reads, it goes well with my garden style.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,268

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    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,244

    Love Colour for Adventurous gardeners. Also continue to read his newspaper columns put together as a diary and Monty Dons diary. As well as being good reads they help to remind me what I should be doing each month. Shame I havent finished Augusts jobs yet!

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,987

    don't worry pd, I haven't finished last winter's jobs yet

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I have got to dig up my Pelargonium and get them ready to overwinter as well as help my wife decorated the hallwayimage

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Neville Randall's book describing his experience of taking over a desolate plot and trying to make it into a garden used to make me laugh. Written in the 1960s , it was called "Thou Bleeding Piece of Earth" after the speech by Mark Antony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "Oh pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth....."

    it was "lost" during a house move, the way things are. I miss it.

  • My favourite book at the moment is 'The Natural Gardener ' by Val Bourne common sense and some great photos.

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411

    My favourite book, which I first read over fifty years ago, is a story based in a hamlet on the Cotswold/Chiltern borders, about rural life, and self-sufficiency, the poverty of the farm workers, and the optimism that most of the inhabitants clung to. Lark Rise to Candleford, written by Flora Thompson, in 1946, when she was an old lady, and based on her childhood in the area, is just so uplifting.

    I have walked the area where Flora lived, and the book springs to life - the TV programme never conveyed the magic of Flora's words. 

    When I walk her lanes, or dip into the book, I am transported back to that evocative age - I feel the need to get out and get my hands dirty, and make sure that I can grow enough food to put on my plate to last me through the year, just as Flora and her parents had to.

    Whatever you thought of the TV series, if you haven't read the book, then please give it a try!

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,326
    Flora thompson spent her early twenties in our village, working as the post mistress - she wrote a book about it called Heatherley. Fascinating read if you know our area. We even have blue plaques marking the places she lived !

    I live Katherine Swift's Morville books, and Monty Don's Prickotty Bush (before he was famous) is one of my favourite books EVER !
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