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Quote of the Day: Agatha Christie

December 11th, 2018

“To be fair, he was attached to his employers, humored their fancies in horticulture (so far as no actual hard work was involved) but vegetable he knew to be the real stuff of life; a nice Savoy, or a bit of curly kale; flowers were fancy stuff such as ladies liked to go in for, having nothing better to do with their time. he showed his affection by producing presents of the aforementioned asters, salvias, and lobelia edging, and summer chrysanthemums.”

Agatha Christie in The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side

I always get a kick out of gardening references in books, Agatha Christie books are no exception. Perhaps she enjoyed gardening, perhaps it was just her British roots that made her mention gardening and plants in many of her books, either way, I always enjoy those passages.

This one was quite humorous to me, I like both flowers and vegetables, but vegetables definitely take top priority for me.

Do you prefer growing vegetables, flowers, or do you find a happy medium between them both?

Friday Favorite: Agatha Christie

December 7th, 2018

I’ve been reading Agatha Christie books since I was a girl. My mom had copies that she had been given by her aunt when she was a girl. I read, and reread those copies. In the last few years I’ve been reading through her books again. Most recently, I found this lovely set of vintage books published by Heron Books back in the 70’s. I was able to find an almost complete set, there are only 3 volumes missing as mine contained 38 volumes with 2 books in each one. I’m only missing 3 volumes to complete my set.


I decided to start with the Miss Marple series, so I’ve been reading through the books in that series. I’ve picked them all out from the volumes that I have. No doubt this will keep me in reading throughout the winter.

I’ll be looking through an noting which ones I’m missing then be on the lookout for those. Until then, I’ll be reading through these beautiful books and enjoying every moment of it! If you’re a fan of mysteries and haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend them!

What are you reading this winter?

Quote of the Day: Annejet van der Zijl

June 8th, 2018

“Perhaps this was Allene’s greatest achievement, above her wealth, her titles, her many houses, and her impressive guest book: that despite everything she’d experienced and endured, she always clung to her ability to enjoy life and be grateful for it.”

Annejet van der Zijl in An American Princess

In the summer, I don’t get much reading in, but I try to get my free Kindle First Book (you get to choose a free kindle book each month from a selection if you have an Amazon Prime membership“>) every month and get through it. I chose this book a few months ago and have enjoyed it. Since I don’t have large chunks of time to read in the summer, I need books that don’t require too much time at each sitting.

I’ve always been a tactile person, so I thought a Kindle wouldn’t be my thing. Then Mr Chiots got me one for Christmas three years ago and I LOVE IT!!! It’s so convenient to have lots of book on hand (I have 150 books on mine currently). I got one for my mom when she was sick and had a hard time holding heavier books and she really enjoyed it as well. She was able to read a lot of book in her last months of life because of the Kindle.

What books are you reading right now? Any great books to recommend?

Quote of the Day: Monty Don

June 3rd, 2018

“But the gardener must try not to be blindly selective about what constitutes acceptable ‘wildlife’. Slugs, moles, rabbits, urban foxes and mosquitoes are all wildlife, too. Many creatures that seems harmful to your immediate garden might be an integral part of the food chain, enable to the more obviously beautiful birds or mammals to exist.”

Monty Don in Down to Earth



Inspiration

May 16th, 2018

Typically, I spend all winter reading about gardening and looking through my collection of various gardening books. This past winter, I was busy with a lot of things and spent most of my time reading novels. As the weather warmed, I found myself missing my garden reading.

I’m a huge Monty Don fan, which means that I purchased his new book ‘Down to Earth‘ and have been reading through it. It’s fantastic, as are all his books (‘Gardening at Longmeadow‘ and ‘The Ivington Diaries‘ are my two favorite gardening books). On my stack this week, I also have ‘Earth on Her Hands‘, an older, out of print book that highlights the gardens of many different women. It’s one of my favorites it look through each winter, as the gardens aren’t show gardens, but real gardens made by real women. ‘Gardens of Spirit and Place‘ is another favorite, though the gardens featured in this book are more designed and much more elaborate.

The New Homesteader‘ which features the beauty of Walnuts Farm in England is a feast for the eyes, especially if you love traditional English potagers. There are many more books that I’ve looked through and put back on the shelf. I’ll share some of those in the comings weeks. I find books about gardens are one of my favorite ways to find inspiration for my garden.

Do you have a favorite gardening book that you refer to frequently for inspiration?

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