Monthly Archives: October 2022

Gardening Advice from a Squint-Eyed Monk

I’ve written several posts on early gardening books, but today’s post goes back even further. It’s about the first gardening book in European history which dates from around 830-40AD. It  was written by a Benedictine monk who spent most of … Continue reading

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Margaret Waterfield

Some of the posts on here have been a long time in the making. Today’s is one such. When I was researching a post about garden writer Mrs Earle way back in 2015  I discovered that a piece she  written … Continue reading

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Early Garden Picture Books

When printing first reached western Europe books rarely had illustrations, and when they did they tended to be simple rather crude woodcuts which were few and far between. The quality of images improved gradually and by the mid-16thc books of … Continue reading

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Know Your Onions….

Let’s start with a startling fact. What’s the world’s most global food crop? Is it Wheat? Rice? Potatoes?  or even the tomato that I wrote about recently? It’s nothing so obvious, rather it is the humble brown, red or yellowish … Continue reading

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Fontainebleau

France is famous for its  grand gardens such as Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau  which  are the living proof of the superiority of man over nature and -only half in jest – of France and the French over everybody … Continue reading

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