The weather is very wet here in Ireland this week. If it wasn't for my polytunnel I don't know what I'd do. That would make another verse to Billy Connolly's "If It Wisnae Fur Yer Wellies" song".
Talking of wellies I stepped on a nail on a plank of wood the other week. Luckily I didn't injure myself but one of my wellington boot let's water in. Being a tight wad gardener my wet wellington foot now wears a plastic carrier bag.
Any road we went shopping in a local charity shop yesterday and I came home with these two hardbacks gardening books:
We paid the kings ransom price of two Euros each for them. They were thirty Euros/Pounds each when new.
Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Gardens is a a gem of a gardening book and I watched him avidly and he's one of my favourite television gardeners along with Geoffrey Smith, Monty and (dear old Nigel), Carol Klein because she's from Lancashire and eats and drinks gardening and Bob Flowerdew who I mentioned the other day.
The other book is Around The World In 80 gardens by Monty Don. There's lots of nice pictures of gardens from around the world. I would love to visit Sissinghurst next time in Kent.
My two favourite gardens in Blighty were Heligan in Cornwall and Cholmondely in Cheshire complete with its Italian sunken garden and quintessentially English tea rooms.
Over here in Ireland I would choose Muckross House gardens (completely free) and lakes, Bantry house, Garnish Island in Glengarriff. George Bernard Shaw wrote Saint Joan there. Dereen gardens in Lauragh over on Beara from us have wonderful Rhododendrons and seaside walks and Kells Gardens on the ring of Kerry. With it's magnificent tree ferns.
Which is your favourite garden to visit? I would love to visit Japan. Peasholm park gardens on holiday in Scarborough inspired me to like Japanese gardens.
Yes there's going to be some good coffee book gardening book browsing. I wonder if there's any carrot cake in the cupboard?