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We Made a Garden

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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. 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. We Made a Garden is the story of how Margery Fish, the leading gardener of the 1960s, and her husband Walter transformed an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden, still open to the public at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset, England. 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.

Gardening books are always wonderful and, as ever, I came away with notes of new plants to try and new techniques. I had to pull out my phone so many times to Google them to get an idea of how they looked; a visual glossary of some sort would be a nice addition. 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.At the time of purchase, I didn’t know that almost opposite, hidden in the lightly wooded valley below, down a long wooded driveway lay the Priory. We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there is something for every literary palate. Even if it is a garden you know by heart there are twelve months in the year and every month means a different garden, and the discovery of things unexpected all the rest of the year. My philistine of a husband often told with amusement how a cousin when asked when he expected to finish his garden replied ‘Never, I hope.

Mrs Woolf, wife of the manager, is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Galsworthy. I particularly loved hearing about the areas where they failed or struggled – it’s always heartening to know this doesn’t just happen to you. I also noticed how overbearing her husband was, and how she enjoyed doing things her own way later on when she gardened by herself.I have put in a few dozen irises and both the thymes and sages seem to have survived recent planting. First published in Britain in 1956 and never before available in America, We Made a Garden is the classic story of a unique and enduring English country garden.

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