Yesterday morning I’d just got home from the library with a handful of books and was having a cup of tea before heading off to the plot. Typically it started raining and showed little sign of stopping which was when I realised just how little plotting, pottering or even pondering I’ve done recently, especially compared to how much time I’ve spent browsing for books at the local libraries.
This morning at the trading shed there were only a handful of people who weren’t committee members or helpers. When we did talk about gardening it was somewhat desultory and half-hearted. I was kindly given several old gardening hardback books including Geoff Hamilton’s Paradise Gardens and The RHS Gardeners’ Calendar (1987, 375 A4 pages) both of which I shall enjoy reading.
However for me the real gem is the 750+ page A5 hardback The New Illustrated Gardening Encyclopedia, which was reprinted in 1948 so it’s almost as old as me. It goes from Aaron’s Beard via Formaldehyde, Momordica and Shoddy to Zygocolax. Oh yes, and it has that lovely old book feel and smell, that I’m quite sure that no ebook can ever match!
Have a good week!