Three New Gardening Books

Here are three new recommendations for all you gardening lovers:

A BUZZ in the MEADOW, The Natural History of a French Farm
by Dave Goulson Picador, New York, 2014, $25.00

The author relates the story of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France.  His previous book “A Sting in the Tale, is about his lifelong study of bumblebees.  So this new book is the accounting of the creation of a place for his beloved bumblebees.

This book is a wake-up call for all nature lovers like myself to protect life in every form.

This is a wonderful book, if you have ever dreamed of living the bucolic life in France, this book is for you.


The Plant Lover’s Guide to FERNS
by Richie Steffen & Sue Olsen, Timber Press, Portland, London, $24.95

Being a fern lover, I have many kinds of ferns in my garden.  They add detail and texture to shady landscapes.  There are rich tones of gold, green, copper and bronze.  The knowledgable authors offer astute advice on how to get the most out of these versatile plants in the garden.  This is a colorful encyclopedia of ferns and a welcome addition to a gardener’s library.

In a future post, look for pictures of the beautiful ferns in my garden.


HIGHGROVE  H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, An English Country Garden
by Bunny Guinness, Rizzoli, New York, Paris, Milan, London, 2015  $50.00
Photography by Marianne Majerus,  Andrew Butler and Andrew Lawson

This gorgeous hard-covered coffee table book presents a personal tour through each of the seasons, month by month, during which HRH the Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness describe the thinking behind the planting and discuss mistakes, triumphs, and future plans.   The book is beautifully presented with photographs that capture the light and detail of the space.

I feel inspired, because I have learned for instance how to do a stumpery, something I never thought of introducing to my garden.

December is gorgeously captured in the book with the snow covering the formal gardens, oh it is delightful!

There are plant listings at the back of the book, another brilliant idea.


Please share with me some photographs of your garden and tell me what you think of HIGHGROVE.

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