Cottage Garden Flowers Paperback – 4 Feb 1980
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About the Author
The late Margery Fish was one of Britain's leading gardeners. She was a regular contributor to Amateur Gardening and The Field, and has written six other gardening books. Many thousands of visitors come to East Lambrook Manor, her Somerset garden, which is maintained very much as it was during her lifetime. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Margery Fish was, in her day, one of the most famous garden writers, and her garden at East Lambrook Manor in Somerset was an inspiration for a whole generation of gardeners. This book is her plea for gardeners to rediscover, and re-evaluate, the traditional hardy plants which had once filled the gardens of ordinary houses all over Britain. By 1961, changes in fashion and taste meant those same gardens were now filled with bedding plants and dwarf conifers, and many of the old favourite flowers were in danger of becoming extinct.
This is an intensely personal account, and the author's style draws you in, building a picture of the plants and gardens more colourful (and fragrant) than the colour photographs the book obviously lacks. The black and white illustrations are mostly portraits of particular gardens, the cottages shown in the background; we are used to seeing this sort of thing in glossy magazines, but today's gardens have been restored to cottage style by gardeners influenced by Margery Fish; by the time the book was published these were rare and genuine survivals, not the trendy weekend homes of bankers and architects.
From this book you'll reap the benefit of a lifetime of experience; the cultural details and useful tips that most gardening books ignore. Here you'll also learn all about the folklore of the plants, their sentimental associations and traditional uses - plus a lot about the social background of the cottagers' way of life.Read more ›