Every now and then news of a beautiful book catches my eye.
Not a novel or a best seller on a list, more a special book full of color and
information about a subject I'm interested in.........such as gardens
If you're in the UK I know those of you who are gardeners - probably
99.9% of the population - are also familiar with a special young
gardener named Arthur Parkinson.
His newest book is the The Flower Yard.
Arthur's gardens are done entirely in pots and unusual containers, think
dustbins and bathtubs.
Container gardening is the way to go for me in my own future gardening
years. My back has notified me that I can no longer dig and delve in
flower beds on my knees!
Mine will not be as awesome as his, especially enormous pots
which I would have trouble lifting, but perhaps a bit larger than what I've
used previously to fill in spaces in the spring and summer months.
I also will have to forego spectacular bantam hens trotting between my
pots. . . . . . even though I'd love them.
Arthur insists that it pays to go big with your pots for many reasons
including watering and feeding requirements. Setting a small pot in a small
space makes it seen even smaller - so place the biggest pot you can fit into
a small space to make it look better. Makes sense to me. . . . I definitely
need to start searching for larger containers!
Arthur's first book, The Pottery Gardener, focused on his earlier
years designing an acclaimed garden for British pottery legend
Emma Bridgewater, for her Stoke-on-Trent factory, following his
training at Kew Gardens. He also works with Sarah Raven
in her renowned flower gardens.
This book arrived a couple of days ago. I've just started reading it and
looking at the beautiful photographs, also taken by Arthur.
It will be enjoyable on the dark and dreary days ahead when
looking for a good read, along with a cup of tea and a
shortbread biscuit, in front of the blazing hearth. . . . .after the
garden has been "put to bed" for the winter months.
Happy autumn gardening days to all.