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Books to while away the dark days.

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By anget

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I have been self-gifting again. My OH and I no longer give presents on birthdays or Christmases because as we get older it’s easier to choose what we want ourselves. And so, here I am with 3 new reads: 2 new books and one ‘pre-loved’. I am very much looking forward to getting into them. I can’t justify buying any more plants, sadly! (No room).

I’m hoping these will rekindle my enthusiasm and give me new ideas to help achieve the look I want.
Are any of you tucked up with gardening books too just now? All recommendations gratefully received.

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Hi Anget, they look good, I haven't bought any new lately but was watching Bressingham Gardens and Carol Klein which made me look at the website (which I have bought a couple of plants from before) and came across and was tempted by Adrian Bloom's signed book Best Perennials and Grasses :-)

15 Jan, 2022

 

I find it a bit 'hit-and-miss' finding good gardening books if you can't see them first, D'lily. Most bookshops don't seem to keep much of a range, so most are ordered on trust here. Whether theyll give me the info. I want, in the depth I want it is another matter! I think at least one of these will be with Oxfam very soon..
Good luck with the Adrian Bloom. At least you can rely on his knowledge!

15 Jan, 2022

 

They look very attractive books,Ang....hope you gain some practical knowledge from them. If you are anything like me,after flicking through them,they find themselves sitting pretty in the bookcase.I tend to learn more visually.You tube is very helpful with specific areas of gardening.

15 Jan, 2022

 

I have shelves of gardening books, Meadow. I like Youtube, it feels like an outside equivalent of interior designers much of the time (which I could do with)! I am hopeful that these will give more all-round info. on how to grow what I am thinking of. Who know? It's pot-luck much of the time..

15 Jan, 2022

 

Ange, I used to have 42 gardening books until we moved house and I had to do a cull 🙂.
Daylily, I do have Adrian Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, and it’s very good. I also love Anna Pavord’s Border Book which I bought secondhand many years ago for £4! which helped me with my Garden Design course (planning the planting, not the shapes of the borders).

I can’t leave out Keith Wiley’s Wildside as he writes so beautifully!

15 Jan, 2022

 

I have a bookshelf full of gardening books Anget and I very seldom look at them.
The Jungle Garden looks interesting as I have no experience with any of these "exotic" plants growing outside . When I tried, I failed....probably from lack of knowledge.
Hope you will find what you are looking for (or few ideas) in these books and share your findings with us..

15 Jan, 2022

 

They certainly look good. I'm sure you'll enjoy browsing through them on a bad weather day & hopefully you'll get a few ideas , then off to the charity shop perhaps they'll go, so more people will benefit from the sale. :-)

16 Jan, 2022

 

Hi Ange, looks like you're all set for winter!
I have to say, I don't buy gardening books, sometimes a magazine, but, I tend to Google or get all the wonderful advice from a lovely bunch of people on GoY 😊
I usually tend to buy books of the thriller/psychology type.

16 Jan, 2022

 

I love gardening magazines too … such a variety of information. But I don’t subscribe, preferring to make a different choice each month (especially if off on holiday!).

16 Jan, 2022

 

Thanks for your comments, ladies. Magazines are obviously the way to go!

17 Jan, 2022

 

Ange, I used to subscribe to a lovely magazine for our local western Canadians called Gardens West. It had lots of beautiful pictures and advice from gardening community from around this part of the world but eventually it became an advertising platform . Less and less gardening and more advertising, so I unsubscribed.The magazine does not exist any more.
I feel that internet is becoming same. Although, we do have an option to stop some of it .....but not all.
Seems to me that you have lots of gardening programs in UK.

17 Jan, 2022

 

I love browsing through garden books, I have several, and some of them are many years old. It's always good to get some new ones too.

17 Jan, 2022

 

Hi Ange, those books look really good! You aren't going to have a jungle garden , are you! lol
I love looking at gardening books this time of year to give me more ideas, well if I had the room !

19 Jan, 2022

 

Yes, Klahanie, we have some gardening programmes here in the UK, but I feel that I'm at an age where I've seen them all before! And there is an increasing number of makeover shows which sort out 'problems' in 5 minutes by throwing cash at them! Dull stuff indeed.

Hywel, I have too many. I promise myself I will have a clearout soon (the same with cookery books. I hate cooking and always have... ).

I like the idea of an 'enclosed' garden, Rose. Don't think I can bring it off here, though. I can dream..

19 Jan, 2022

 

Inspired by you Ange (again!) I have just put up a photo of my new gardening book which has just arrived courtesy of Royal Mail ... I will report back :)

20 Jan, 2022

 

Just seen it, Sheila. It looks lovely!

20 Jan, 2022

 

Thanks Ange!

20 Jan, 2022

 

Just revisiting your blog Ange, wondering how you are enjoying your new books … were any 10 out of 10?!

19 Feb, 2022

 

The Book of Patterns is on its way to Oxfam, Sheila, as it's a gazeteer and not much help to me.

'The Jungle Garden' was pretty but not sure how much it will be used. Useful for the gazeteer of plants about which I know very little. Doubt many will go into MY garden as I'm a lazy one and can't see me dragging plants under cover or wrapping them up every winter!'

'Shape, Line and Texture' has yet to be studied well but is very informative. This is a second-hand copy.

You will see they were purchased 'on spec'. It would be so much more helpful if bookshops had much more comprehensive gardening sections. Next purchase is a book on acers. How are your new purchases proving?

19 Feb, 2022

 

Thanks Ange, that’s interesting. My book on beautiful gardens was a bit disappointing … some were in different countries without a lot of relevance to my own plot. So not quite the inspiration I’d hoped for. Probably my fault for speculating 🙂.

19 Feb, 2022

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