Musings From a Country Garden, By Bernard Storer
Book Available from Mike Starkey: 50 Monmouth Road
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When I visit my local libraiy, I usually look at the gardening section. There are lots of books which tell the reader how to garden, how to plan, how to prune, how to choose suitable plants and so on. These are all instructional books to be consulted rather than read through.
What I look for is a book, or books, about gardens that I can read; rather than consult; read through from beginning to end. It should be enjoyable reading, giving me facts and fancies to think about but in a light-hearted way - ideal bed-time reading.
I'm sure I am not the only gardener who looks for this type of book, but since these books are so hard to find, I have written my own, combining reminiscences, odd bits of information and quite a bit of speculation. Much of it has come to me when doing some sort of routine jobs in the garden; the mind may be started off by a 'garden' thought but it wanders off down all sorts of trackways. At various times I have, in my mind, revised the NHS, improved the national transport system, and frequently done a better job than the PM!
Perhaps I should add that some of these musings are based on my memories, and my memories may not be all that accurate. I could have checked times, dates and so on with my note books but turning pipe-dreams into reality can be disheartening; after all, does it matter if bubbles of thought occurred in 1974 or 1978?
However, I must apologise to the experts in the fields that I have only dabbled in. I am sure that a serious garden historian would find that my ideas on the subject to be amateurish and probably misguided. But, like most gardeners, I am not an academic historian; these articles are intended as light relief and not serious studies. For this book, I have limited myself to thoughts about gardens and the local environment. I hope that readers will share and enjoy these garden inspired ramblings