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We Made a Garden

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I allowed the orange montbrecia and carmine escalonia that do so well on the coast, but also a richly scented old white rugosa rose, rosemary, and blue ceanothus. 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. Yes, she absolutely does have a sense of humour, particularly over her own mistakes – such an attractive trait in both life and writing! It's just so lighthearted reading full of good ideas based on long time gardening experience and of course witty remarks about the relationship with her husband, their disagreements and who actually got it right.

Eventually, a bit sweaty, a bit breathless, not very Thor-like, I’d made a hole big enough to peek through. One day, sink sorted, kitchen painted, Jim was weeding along the side of the house and noticed angled bricks at ground level, similar to those above all the windows. The independent-minded quarterly magazine that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Discover the joy of reading with us, your trusted source for affordable books that do not compromise on quality.

I am a novice gardener and the vast array of latin names for plants that I don't recognize was not really helpful to my objective. Sometimes in the summer my heart softens when I see its really pretty flat pink rosettes, but most of the time it is war. My grandmother's purple primroses are long gone and I cannot seem to get replacements to settle, but there is always salal, a native bush much-loved by florists for its leathery leaves, and loved by my family for the berries I use like blueberries in muffins.

Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it's more like having a well-read friend than a subscription to a literary review. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. Almost twenty years later, in 1956, Walter’s wife looked back and chronicled what they did with their two acre plot in the classic gardening book We Made a Garden by Margery Fish. I often wonder why some zealous gardening relation did not slay me with fork and spade in my unenlightened years.In this beautiful and timeless work, she recounts the trails and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humour. That house holds so many memories and Sunday trips and pub lunches with you and Andrew are way up there. In this beautiful and timeless work, she recounts the trails and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humour.

Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). As others have said before, this book reveals not just the story of making a garden but also a somewhat disturbing portrait of a seemingly unbalanced marriage. They seem to have spent a lot of time building drystone walls, terraces and courtyards all over the garden, which sadly (perhaps) is not an option for most of us, and therefore not so interesting.Intrigued and excited, I ran to a neighbour’s, borrowed a sledgehammer and, Thor-like, pounded a hole through the only wall, in an under-stair cupboard, which could possibly conceal a staircase. As another reviewer noted, in the words of LP Hartley, "the past is a foreign country; they do things differently there," and perhaps it is those glimpses into the domestic life of a far off land that compelled me to keep going: a lady in her long dinner dress and satin slippers perched precariously, balanced with a watering can to water the tops of her walls where trails of greenery fall. 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. In this way, Margery Fish describes how her husband corrected her method of staking plants by mutilating her flowers, tying ropes around their stems so tightly "that they looked throttled" (31). Her many articles and books inspired garden enthusiasts with her easy read knowledge and observation.

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