Tuesday, 4 March 2014

A favourite book!

This is one of my very favourite gardening books, bought long, long before I had the interest in gardening that I have now.

Create a Cottage Garden It isn't in print any more but you could easily pick up a second hand copy if you wish. It is one of those books I can sit with for hours gazing at the pictures & the recipe list included to enable you to establish something similar.
Sorry I can't seem to rotate the picture. In fact you're all lucky I could take any photos, stupid camera! I was pressing all sorts of buttons at one point trying to stop the glare.

Some of my favourite images from the book, there are many more but I had to stop clicking somewhere.



I have been deciding on incorporating a few of the designs in the front garden, I am particularly find of the bottom one for a tiny narrow strip of soil in the front. There are just so many to choose from!

I've read somewhere that being cold can help you lose weight. It crept back into my mind this morning as I have no wish to put the heating on while the sun is shining outside. I had a sudden craving for a sausage & bacon sandwich. Now if being cold can help you lose weight surely it will help prevent you putting it on! The frying pan is sizzling as I type (it was left out after pancakes this morning) with a couple of sausages & some streaky bacon. The bread will be toasted & spread with butter & English mustard. It saves me going upstairs for a cardigan!

Enjoy your day

28 comments:

  1. Too much ideas, all look so interesting for me. Please, make me so confuse... really beautiful

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    1. Thanks, there are lots of designs to choose from.

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  2. I like your thinking. Yes, if you're cold you can't possibly put any weight on can you ... now where is my chocolate bar ;-)

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    1. You're correct, see a move to cold North Wales does have some benefits!

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  3. You've got so many plans for your front garden, I can't wait to see them all come together. You're making me hungry with tales of your sausage and bacon sandwich, yum yum. I forgot it was Pancake Day until I read it on another blog. I've already planned cottage pie for tea so Eleanor will have to have pancakes for supper, I'm sure she won't complain.

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    1. Lots of plans, I'm glad I'm making a start on it to be honest. It was lovely just the thing I needed. Harry has had a countdown chart for weeks for Pancake day, there was no way of me getting out of it!

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  4. That looks to be a lovely book so no wonder it's one of your favourites.
    A sausage and bacon sandwich is my kind of breakfast, not that I ever do sadly. Flighty xx

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    1. It's a very gentle book, one you can sit with and daydream. By the time I had it, it was lunch, they are lovely every now and then.

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  5. Love your justification for the sausage sandwich! Are you going for a spring border for the barrow strip or changing it for summer

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    1. Good wasn't it, I was trying to talk myself out of it. I'd like something similar to the tulip & forget me knot one & then fill with bedding plants for the rest of the year.

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  6. What a lovely book, I like to browse garden books for inspiration. I've been outside planting things in my bare front garden this morning. It took me ages, as I had to scrape gravel off of weedproof membrane and cut through the membrane before I could dig the hole. Lots more still to do, but it's a start. It's useful to know that I'll lose weight if I'm cold. I'm turning the heating off immediately.

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    1. It is lovely, I spend hours looking at it & dreaming. Sounds a long, long job, I bet you're glad it's done now.

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  7. Hi Joanne,Thank you for becoming my latest follower and introducing me your lovely blog. I have had this book in my book shelf for many years and I too love the illustrations and the planting ideas. Sarah x

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    1. My pleasure, I'm glad you have the book too, it is rather lovely isn't it!

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  8. Well if being cold isn't an excuse for a bacon sarnie I don't know what is.

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    1. It's great isn't it, I'm hoping to shiver away the whole nut chocolate bar I ate last night. And it was the largest one.

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  9. Thanks for the tip, the book looks interesting- must see if I can get a hold of a second hand copy.

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    1. Oh do try, it really is a lovely book with recipes to re create the look.

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  10. I find it difficult to pass up on cottage gardening books. I'm trying to create something similar in my BC garden. The climate, fortunately, is similar to parts of England. My go to book is Creating a Cottage Garden in Canada
    by Stephen Westcott-Gratton. Keep up the good work with the bacon.

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    1. I've always loved that kind of garden, it fits my style quite well. Slightly lazy looking. I shall google a copy of the book you have.

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  11. Oh wow! Your inspiration up there is making me long for spring!! Looks like a fantastic book! I have been hoarding money away for the garden for months now in hopes that I will soon be digging in the dirt! And I have heard that cold weather weight loss plan too! Unfortunately I have been baking in this cold so the cookies have kept me from losing on the plan! HA! Happy week to you friend! Nicole xoxo

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    1. It isn't far away here Spring, it might even be Spring now. Good for you with money you can have a lovely splurge soon. Have a good week!

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  12. I love cottage garden books like this. I spend a lot of time in winter gazing and dreaming at them and planning for the following year.

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    1. I do too, curled under a blanket with a pile of books to see me through the winter & a note book full of plans!

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  13. Hi Joanne, I blog hopped and found you and wow you garden too and you live in N Wales.. hope I don't put you off but I was born and grew up in Porthcawl S Wales but live in Essex now.. I am planting my seeds today. Popped to a large garden centre yesterday and got some plugs of plants for my basket but all the flowers and veg we grow I do from seeds. It is such an exciting time!
    Happy Gardening
    Chris x

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    1. Hello Chris it s lovely to have you along, my fathers family came from South Wales but my mother is from North Wales. Saying that myself & brother & sister are the only English amongst a large extended Welsh family. I'm banned from visiting garden centres at the moment but it isn't long until that is up, happily I made some purchases in January to see me through.

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  14. Looks like a very inspirational book Joanne. I think I can see myself sitting under that pretty arbor dripping with flowers! Good luck with the front garden.

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  15. Hi Joanne, I have this book too! I've had it now for at least 15 years (probably going on 20) and it's one of my favourites, I just love the planting schemes. Some of the schemes in the container section work really well too. Have a lovely week in your garden.
    Jane x

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