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Gardening at Longmeadow

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I consider myself to be an experienced gardener now but I still take great pleasure in looking to Monty’s books and TV programmes for inspiration and ideas. It was made as a celebration of all the good things relating to our jewellery business in the 1980’s and all the colours are jewellery or metallic in some way and the tone just like the 1980’s - brash, extravagant and high maintenance! Following the cycle of the seasons, Gardening at Longmeadow is a year-long diary of Monty’s gardening wisdom: from the earliest snowdrops of January and the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, to the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden and the autumn harvest in the orchard.

I read many of Monty’s books already and therefore decided to savour this particular one as it’s so beautifully divided into 12 chapters that correspond to the 12 months of a gardening year. My only criticism is there was a degree of repetition when talking about some plants or tasks if they featured in several months but I think this is inevitable in gardening books. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. Although viewers of Gardeners’ World see parts of the garden every week, it still felt that the book was giving me an insight into a private space. The various areas of long grass and wild flowers are rich with crocuses that are soon followed by narcissi, fritillaries and camassias.The Chalke History Festival announces a new name, new look, and tons for history buffs to get their teeth into! I would certainly recommend this book, Monty’s enthusiasm is infectious and you don’t need to watch Gardeners’ World to find this book useful and a good read. A journey through beautiful Islamic gardens across the world, with photographs by the acclaimed Derry Moore. There was one tree - the hazel in what is now the Spring Garden – and everything else was rough grass, nettles and brambles. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.

It will inspire you to achieve a balanced, healthy garden of your own, one that’s spilling with produce and full colour all year round. But it’s been the private garden – and passion – of Monty and his wife Sarah for 30 years, created from a bare field of rough grass with a lot of energy and imagination.The Spring garden was made to relish every possibility of the season and wave after wave of flower push forward culminating in mid May with the earliest species roses and the cow parsley which then takes over completely. Monty Don invites you into Longmeadow, a place that has become synonymous with Gardener's World, to show how he creates and tends his own garden, and how you can bring some of that same magic to our own.

I liked the added touches of a page where he talks about foraging and how the book finishes with Christmas and what are the best presents for gardeners. Monty’s garden at Longmeadow is among the most famous gardens in Britain, thanks to its starring role every Friday evening on Gardeners’ World. Invites us into the garden at Longmeadow to introduce us to the garden from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens. Gardening at Longmeadow by Monty Don takes readers and gardeners through a year at the famous garden. A firm favourite with viewers, Monty's infectious enthusiasm for plants, attention to the finer details of gardening technique and easy charm have seen the ratings soar.Great review, I so enjoyed the opportunity of watching Gardener’s World last Friday although I was actually rather disapointed at the content, seems that they were short of things to say – strange in spring. Yet from early January the signs are there with snowdrops and aconites appearing and the catkins on the hazels yellow with pollen. But over the past ten years it has slowly evolved into a traditional, but essentially floral, cottage garden, filled with blowsy, soft colours but also containing fruit trees, rhubarb, gooseberries and some herbs all mingled in together. We do our best to ready the garden for winter by the end of November, protecting tender plants and clearing the decks and then hunker down in December and January before work begins again in earnest in February and the gardening year swings around again. Monty, currently President of the Soil Association, the main body for organic regulation in Britain, has always been a passionate advocate of organic gardening and working with nature.

What began as an act of homage, almost an academic exercise, has become an important and much loved part of the garden. There is a a real sense of the garden coming magnificently into being but still rich with the promise of more to come. The sumptuous photographs in the book of kitchen garden abundance and stunningly beautiful flowers could not be better adverts for both policies.

All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! Our fundamental horticultural belief is that you should never force or cajole a plant of any kind, edible or decorative, if it doesn’t want to be there. This year has given us the enforced opportunity to learn more about the fascinating natural world around us. Describing the magic of each area at different times of the year, Monty will explain the basics of what to do when and how to get the most from each plant. is the story of a creative partnership that has weathered the greatest storm, and a testament to the healing powers of the soil.

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