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'Giggles, gardens and good grub - I love these girls and I love this book' Davina McCall Rhubarb Rhubarb collects the witty, wide-ranging correspondence between Leiths-trained cook Mary Jane Paterson and award-winning gardener Jo Thompson. Two good friends who found themselves in a perfect world of cupcakes and centrepieces, they decided to demystify their own skills for one another: the results are sometimes self-deprecating, often funny, and always enlightening. Jo would find herself one day panicking about what to cook for Easter lunch: a couple of emails with Mary Jane and the fear subsided, and sure enough, a delicious meal appeared on the table. Meanwhile, Jo helped Mary Jane combat her irrational fear of planting bulbs by showing how straightforward the process can be. The book is full of sane, practical advice for the general reader: it provides uncomplicated, seasonal recipes that people can make in the midst of their busy lives, just as the gardening tips are interesting, quick and helpful for beginners. Mary Jane shares secrets and knowledge gathered over a lifetime of providing fabulous food for friends and family, while Jo's expertise in beautiful planting enables the reader to have a go at simple schemes with delightful results.
'Exquisite...should be read by every gardener in the country' Observer The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens and parks, between the gaps in the pavement, and in the soil beneath our feet. Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating and sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn and diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings and hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world. For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.
Desperate to use this time to get out into your garden but don't know where to start? This is the book you need! 'An easy read with no gardening know-how required . . . Hart's enthusiasm flows from the page . . . Up-to-date thinking on wildlife, wellbeing and no-dig cultivation pop up too, which are applicable to gardens big and small, making this a perfect introduction to gardening without the fear of doing something wrong' Gardens Illustrated Are you frightened of your garden? Terrified of accidentally bringing death to a sap-filled friend? Put off by the overwhelming number of species of plants and their baffling Latin names? Whether your garden is a sprawling country plot or a kitchen windowsill, gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. Yet just the thought of picking up a pair of secateurs can strike fear into even the bravest of hearts, meaning we often don't make the most of our personal Edens. Charlie's 'no fear' approach to gardening will help you find the easy path to beautiful borders and jampacked vegetable beds. A reassuring, simple-to-use handbook, No Fear Gardening is aimed at all budding gardeners and anyone who might be missing out simply because they don't know how and where to start. Whatever the reason, this book will answer all your questions. From digestible lists of what seeds to plant where, guides to pruning and how to cope with difficult spots to Charlie's favourite vegetables to grow (and, more importantly, eat) and essential pieces of kit, Charlie has condensed a wealth of gardening know-how into easy-to-follow and practical tips. With its unique, liberating approach, No Fear Gardening will inspire you to dust the cobwebs off your watering can and get your garden blooming, whatever the weather or season.
This is the story of one woman's journey through time, accompanied by the most beautiful flowers; trees... even weeds, including: Lagerstroemia, saga tree, magnolia, kumquat, balsam, petunia, lilac, flame of the forest, chempaka, peony, narcissus, queen of the night. Interwined with her memories are plant lore and things botanical. Plants bookmark the memories and milestones of my life. As an only child in a household of adult, plants became my friends. As I grew up and wherever I wandered, there was always a plant to cheer me up, a flower to keep my life connected. In San Francisco, an old Japanese garden sage taught me how to utilize light and shade, when to water, and how to get the best out of herbs and vegetables. In Hong Kong, an accidental weed visited my window sill and comforted me while I deliberated the future. It was plants that finally connected me with my husband in China. I'm an ethnic Chinese whose grandparents left the mother country. He was a descendant of Manchu princes and was sent down to Inner Mongolia as a teenager to toil in the potato fields during the Cultural Revolution. Yet both of us connected through our love and knowledge of nature and our gardens.