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A Friend, a Book, and a Garden

The first ever Festival of Garden Literature opened yesterday in Hertfordshire. Ever since I got wind of this event, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I can’t quite understand why it has taken so long for a … Continue reading

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Of Books and Gardens

     In honour of the Chelsea Flower Show, which is taking place this week (and oh, how I wish I were there!), Cornflower has launched a new garden-themed meme. All you have to do is complete the sentences with the … Continue reading

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The Enchanted Castle, by Edith Nesbit (1907)

          Reading The Children’s Book this summer transported me to Edwardian England and the golden era of children’s literature. Even before I’d finished it, I was dying to delve into the titles Byatt mentioned – classics I’d grown up … Continue reading

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Andrew Marvell and The Serpent’s Kiss

     A few days ago I watched “The Serpent’s Kiss”, a 1997 film directed by Philippe Rousselot. A story about the creation of a seventeenth-century garden could not fail to be appealing to me. The cast, too, seemed very promising: a … Continue reading

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The Peacock Spring, by Rumer Godden (1975)

          British author Rumer Godden (1907-1998) is a writer I am growing to admire immensely. One of my favourite books when I was growing up was her children’s novel Listen to the Nightingale, which tells the story of ten-year-old … Continue reading

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Did you know… the meaning of “Rosa mundi”?

     It all began with the word rosarian. A week ago, I was flipping through the pages of my latest purchase, when there it was, in the short biographical description of the author. Among other things, it seemed the novelist … Continue reading

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Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen (2007)

     This year, January has turned out to be a more than usually lean month. Garden Spells, however, was a book I simply had to have – it would be my one extravagance, my one post-Christmas treat. I discovered it … Continue reading

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