It is always exciting to get an email from Frances Lincoln Limited asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book due to be released. This time it was The Crafted Hour written by Louise Curley with photographs by Jason Ingram. Louise Curley, also wrote The Cut Flower Patch, a book I reviewed in … Continue reading Book Review: The Crafted Garden
Thank you Frances Lincoln Press for sending me The First Ladies in Gardening to review. I am a little late with this post, the book was published on 5 March 2015.The first thing that struck me was the fabulous photo of Himalayan blue poppies and purple aquilegia on the end papers. I wanted to stop before I … Continue reading Book Review : First Ladies of Gardening.
The idea of a secret garden is fascinating, and to be given the privilege of actually viewing a secret garden is all the more exciting. "Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds - a Personal Tour of 20 Private Gardens" opens the gate for us to sneak a look at gardens. Thank you Francis Lincoln Publishers for sending … Continue reading Book Review: Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’
If you are anything like me, you probably take a lot of time deciding what to buy someone as a gift, whether it be for birthday, Christmas or just to say thank you. However, do you spend as much time in selecting the wrapping? I know I don't always do this and just use any … Continue reading Book review: Giftwrapped by Jane Means
There is nothing more evocative than a scent, it will remind us of people, places and events. Our olfactory senses work overtime with recognised smells. They can bring back a flood of memories, affect our mood and even help us relax and sleep. Some of us can't abide the perfume from lilies, chlorine from … Continue reading RHS Companion to Scented Plants : Book Review & Give Away
It is interesting that so many famous gardens were owned by or are closely connected to authors: Virginia Woolf and Monks House. Rudyard Kipling and Batemans. Beatrix Potter and Hill Top. John Ruskin and Brantwood. These and many other writers obtained inspiration from retreating into their gardens. How many of us, as visitors, drink in … Continue reading Win This Book: The Writer’s Garden