Margery Fish Henry Boyd-Carpenter
- Title: We Made a Garden
- Author: Margery Fish Henry Boyd-Carpenter
- ISBN: 9780571131419
- Page: 245
- Format: Paperback
Inspiration for gardeners everywhere Margery Fish s classic work on creating a cottage garden is back in print in a brand new edition In the 1960s, Margery Fish and her husband Walter decided to transform an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden The beautiful and timeless We Made a Garden recounts the trials and tribulations, successes and failures, of herInspiration for gardeners everywhere Margery Fish s classic work on creating a cottage garden is back in print in a brand new edition In the 1960s, Margery Fish and her husband Walter decided to transform an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden The beautiful and timeless We Made a Garden recounts the trials and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humor from choosing the most suitable hyssop for the terraced garden to battling with her husband on the best approach It has been hailed as everything from a blueprint for the creation of a modern cottage garden to a feminist manifesto Fish s good sense, practical knowledge, and imaginative ideas will inspire gardeners everywhere.
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Do you water your plants in satin pumps straight after dinner? Do you mourn your garden-boy's demise in the trenches purely because he was so useful? Yes?You need to read this now.
Interesting ruminations on the making of a garden with advice on some details.
Reading this is a real reminder that "the past is a foreign country". On every page, and in every sentence that doesn't deal specifically with what type of cyclamen grows best in acid soil next to a gate, the writer's attitudes to class, to the family, to domestic servants, to the world in general, are plain and almost unrecognisable now. But I didn't but it for that, I bought it because it's a beautiful, beautiful book and because I wanted inspiration for my allotment. Well, it wasn't much help [...]
These lines from the last chapter say it all:'We all have a lot to learn and in every new garden there is a chance of finding inspiration - new flowers, different arrangements or fresh treatment for old subjects. Even if it is a garden you know by heart there are twelve months in the year and every month means a different garden, and the discovery of things unexpected all the rest of the year.'That's what this book is all about. Learning and sharing experiences. That's how all gardeners should b [...]
This is a charming little book by Margery Fish, offering anecdotal history of the choosing and planting of a home garden in England. According the the introduction, Fish passed decades ago but her garden has recently been restored. He credits her with how we grow our gardens. I think he must be right. My yard used to be given over to our Afghan Hounds, but as our children grew we let the dogs go. That is, we did not show or lure course, breed or buy more dogs. They gradually aged and died, and t [...]
So much knowledge in such a charming voice. A bit focused on walled gardens for my needs, but a fun, concise read. It's more inspiring than overwhelming in terms of what one person/couple can accomplish (with a steady stream of 'garden boys,' of course). The amount of work over a long stretch of years is impressive & it's described in an upbeat manner with a few lightly humorous references to the tension between the author's and her husband's gardening priorities. She favored year-round inte [...]
Do not be fooled by the serious-looking photo of the author on the back of the dust cover; instead look carefully at her eyebrows. One curves nicely and is well-behaved, the other arches out erratically towards her temple. Margery Fish has a wonderful sense of humor, especially when talking about the differences she and her husband had over what a garden should look like. Their ideas always seemed diametrically opposed, though she often allowed that he was right in the end. In this book she desc [...]
Margery Fish's 1956 account of the creation of her and her husband's Somerset, England garden is an example of a perfect Modern Library re-release. I am so glad that it was given another chance at the light. Walter, Margery's husband was a cantankerous, bossy gardening partner and her retelling of their many garden battles makes for entertaining reading. I cracked up when she explained how much gardening she got done in the winter when Walter was unwilling to get cold and damp and she was able t [...]
A gardening classic, We Made a Garden details the creation of a cottage garden in the UK by Margery and her husband Walter. She recounts everything from creating walls to trying to create a water garden. She refers to plants by both their common and Latin names. Some of the names have changed over time and there is a large list in the back giving both old and new names for reference. I am a gardening novice, but have found that I really enjoy it. However, I think this book would be more readily [...]
"So Walter taught me a lesson. He put into action all the exasperation he felt at a pigheaded woman who just would not learn." In this way, Margery Fish describes how her husband corrected her method of staking plants by mutilating her flowers, tying ropes around their stems so tightly "that they looked throttled" (31). With the flowers (which her husband considered the least important part of the garden) dead, perhaps Margery would pay more attention to keeping the paths neat.Scenes like this o [...]
Bought this when it came out as a reissued paperback in 2002. Bought it because I liked the idea of him/her/garden but it really was mostly mention of him. So many plants we can’t grow that it makes reading it confusing and boring. On my shelf I discovered Timothy Clark’s book about the history/current garden at East Lambrook Manor so that helped, esp. as it has a drawing of the layout. Have to decided whether to totally read this one now or just dip in and out as I have been doing. Given I' [...]
The only gardening book that I've read which deals with gardening with another person when your views of what you want in and from the garden evolve over time, and compromises are needed. Or you can wait until one partner dies (as Fish mostly did), or just get a second garden (our solution). Many out of favor cultivars are mentioned (this was published in 1956) that deserve, or are getting a second look.
A book of inspiration, I loved her loose approach to design and the storytelling. I wished I could grow her favorite flowers, but like most english authors, many of them simply would not grow in my harsh American climate. Nevertheless, the soul of a gardener proves influential and I found this book influenced me greatly. The great joy to be found in growing a garden remains more than ideas on which plants to put together.
Margery Fish is bij vlagen hilarisch, bijvoorbeeld als ze impliceert dat een bepaalde plant op het kerkhof fantastisch bloeit omdat 'ie wellicht iets speciaals in de grond vindt. 't boek zelf begint sterk maar wordt op een gegeven moment eerder een opsomming (ze was een kenner) van planten dan een boek over haar tuin.winterlief/2016/0
Her husband was a tyrant. She used only proper names of the plants so I had to read at my computer to see what she was writing about. Did not finish this book as it was so irrating. But enjoyed talking about it at my Garden Book Club meeting.
Utterly boring. I guess Beverly Nichols is an act impossible to follow. As a gardening American Anglophile, I am familar with many English cottage garden flowers but almost none this woman wrote of. Her husband was a bully and it wasn 't funny.
What a great book! I read the edition from the Royal Horticultural Society, so I missed the extra intro by Michael Pollan.
Had to keep looking up most of the plants mentioned! Interesting stuff, her marriage seemed a bit strained - but at least they had a sense of humor about it, or at least she did.
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