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We Made a Garden

We Made a Garden

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Well, it wasn't much help as a source of practical inspiration, to be honest, but I enjoyed basking in the warmth of her love for all things green, anyway, and that was a kind of inspiration to take more care of the poor neglected patch of muck. 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 missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. 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. Mrs Woolf, wife of the manager, is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Galsworthy. But in spring and summer, the house was a fine – warm – place to live and for the first time, after living in London, Bristol and Brighton, I fulfilled a life-long dream: living in the country. What struck me is the amount of labor they put into the garden themselves, both because labor was scarce in WWII England, and because they truly wanted to do the work.Over the next few weeks, I levered up every brick from the non-cemented floor and carried them up the stairs, through the kitchen and all the way out to the back garden. Clearly none of us are ever going to achieve a Margery sized garden or house without a lottery win, but you can still dream!

After mulling over which long-distance path to walk for my 2017 hiking holiday, I decided to revisit my first love, The Ridgeway. But I didn't but it for that, I bought it because it's a beautiful, beautiful book and because I wanted inspiration for my allotment.I have put in a few dozen irises and both the thymes and sages seem to have survived recent planting. This sounds lovely — reminds me of my mother who is an avid gardener and is happiest when pottering. Fish negotiate the terrain of their garden, by turns separately and together, often with humorous collisions. All used books might have various degrees of writing, highliting and wear and tear and possibly be an ex-library with the usual stickers and stamps.

With the flowers (which her husband considered the least important part of the garden) dead, perhaps Margery would pay more attention to keeping the paths neat. Still, I feel for Walter, wanting to have his own preferences and experiences considered – after all, it was his garden too. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. It was difficult to master but when we understood its foibles and demanding nature, it became central to our cold, wet and muddy life.A quirky classic, this book details her creation of a landmark cottage garden, as well as her battles with her husband in the process, who preferred the standard suburban approach. Very enjoyable read of an English couple creating a garden in a forsaken plot of land, in 1940s England. Delightful read on the creation from scratch of an English Garden on the site of an old farm house and surrounding farm yard/barton combining her husband's 4 elements of a garden: lawn, walls, paths, hedges and her love of flowers, especially in every season possible.



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