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We Made a Garden

We Made a Garden

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A good gardening book with plenty of handy tips, plant suggestions (some albeit a bit dated) and admissions of mistakes to let you avoid the same pitfalls! Very enjoyable read of an English couple creating a garden in a forsaken plot of land, in 1940s England. Even if it is a garden you know by heart there are twelve months in the year and every month means a different garden, and the discovery of things unexpected all the rest of the year. From the secret to cultivating the smoothest lawn to the art of lifting and replanting tulip bulbs to the landscaping possibilities of evergreens, the diverse elements of successful gardening—and delightful writing—are bound together by Mr.

We Made a Garden is the story of how Margery Fish, a leading gardener of the 1960s, and her husband Walter transformed an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden, still open to the public at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset, England. The battle with horsetails will never end, the butterfly bush mostly feeds bugs, the escalonia requires a firm hand to prevent it taking over the world. No treasure chest, no skeleton chained to a wall, no ghostly dancing lights… but hey, an extra room is always going to be a good enough find, even if the ceiling wasn’t high enough to stand upright. First published in Britain in 1956 and never before available in America, We Made a Garden is the classic story of a unique and enduring English country garden. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition.Topics covered are colourful and diverse, ranging from the most suitable hyssop for the terraced garden through composting, hedges, making paths to the best time to lift and replant tulip bulbs. Eventually, a bit sweaty, a bit breathless, not very Thor-like, I’d made a hole big enough to peek through. Fresh starts, hidden rooms, difficulties that turn into assets, wicked landlords, fairy godmothers who compost. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page.

I had no idea that when it settles down in a place it not only starts raising a family but goes in for founding a dynasty as well. The Rayburn heated the kitchen and most of the downstairs, gave us scalding hot water, cooked most of our food and warmed our buns.Being so very historic, you’ll need to excuse the quality of these pre-digital photos – or don’t, if you’d rather not). In winter, heating of sorts, came from unwilling-to-give-up-their-warmth night-storage heaters, open fires and a marvellous 1950s Rayburn solid fuel range. Fish, i often found myself running out to the garden right after reading something smart to put in practice.

They had married in 1933 after working together at the Daily Mail and while Walter had had gardens of his own in his previous homes, this was the first one Margery had ever been involved with. Before us, an elderly lady had rented the house from an unpleasant London Company and they, having only recently bought the freehold, did little to improve her lot. Slightly Foxed brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed and Plain Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and highly individual.

That house holds so many memories and Sunday trips and pub lunches with you and Andrew are way up there. I started reading this book with the idea of garnering inspiration as I begin planning this year's garden. I thoroughly enjoyed it (though was terribly jealous of the two acres she had to play with compared to my non-existent space).

Sometimes in the summer my heart softens when I see its really pretty flat pink rosettes, but most of the time it is war. The previous owner grew her vegetables here and, for decades, she’d dug in compost and she’d dug in manure. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. But, as her health deteriorated, tending a big kitchen garden became too much for her and the plot slipped into neglect.Still, I feel for Walter, wanting to have his own preferences and experiences considered – after all, it was his garden too. For younger bookworms – and nostalgic older ones too – there’s the Slightly Foxed Cubs series, in which we’ve reissued a number of classic nature and historical novels. Now with a space of her own, Margery threw herself wholeheartedly into the making of a cottage garden, making up in enthusiasm and energy what she lacked in knowledge. Probably the least popular review on my blog, which still draws ire to this day, is Elizabeth West’s Hovel in the Hills, which I disliked because she had no sense of humour and really just wanted to record how wonderful she was. But then, I’d stumbled into a vast and smiley world of strange expertise and Latin names; of pH and soil types; of grafting and pruning; of annuals and perennials and biennials; of seed sowing and cuttings; and, and… stuff.



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