Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Gardening Books

Infomaniac Bitches are known for their green thumbs.



So we assume that you enjoy leafing through gardening books with those green thumbs of yours.

We here at Infomaniac would like to know what types of gardening books you enjoy perusing.

Do you read gardening books for instructions, inspiration or both?

Mistress MJ enjoys all sorts of gardening books but especially those that show the whimsical side of gardening. You know the sort of thing...garden art from recycled and found objects such as old coffee tins, teapots, birdcages, mason jars, and shoes, for example.

This sort of thing...


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But NOT this sort of thing...


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Let us know what sorts of gardening books you enjoy.

27 comments:

  1. Just the reference books to verify the growing zone and any special care requirements.

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  2. For reference, I'm a devoted disciple of the Lazy Gardener. (in French only, sorry)

    And I enjoy any other type of books especially those showing us beautiful garden around the world like the Jardin Aux Quatre-Vents. (in English. YAY!)



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    1. HUGGY JON: I clicked on “Livres” and the Lazy Gardener has books in English too.

      I like his motto: 'Un pissenlit vivant vaut mieux qu'un rosier mort!'

      Thank you for the link to Jardin Aux Quatre-Vents.

      I love the Pigeonnier!

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  3. I like gardening books for inspiration, instructions and fantasy - You know, looking at gardens one can only dream of visiting, nevermind owning and actually gardening in. Not to mention the gardener...

    Ooh, look! Here's one I read earlier

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    1. MR. DeVICE: Is it The City Garden Bible that you like or Matt James himself?

      I’ve just Googled one of his gardening video clips.

      Crikey, what’s that accent?

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    2. I'd have to say Matt James himself as I can barely remember the book!

      As for the accent, I think its some sort of Essex/London hybrid with a smidgeon of West Country sprinkled in for good measure.

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    3. MR. DeVICE: I usually enjoy an English accent but that one’s a bit rough on the senses.

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    4. Unfortunately the "chav accent" is all-too-prevalent on telly over here these days - blame bloody Jamie Oliver. Jx

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    5. JON: I thought that accent was a result of Jaime Oliver’s thick tongue.

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  4. Okat Fine. I'll say it again:

    FIRST TO SAY FIRST!

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  5. Wheelbarrow man is well known at the pink allotment for his brown fingers!

    I only own one gardening book called The Gardeners Enclopedia of Plants and Flowers. I once grew some house leeks from seed, but not in a pair of shoes before.

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    1. MITZI: Try growing houseleeks in a pair of wellies.

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  6. and here i was hoping for
    some fabulous gardening tips-

    just not that one.

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    1. NORMA: Shove it up yer arse is always a good tip here on Infomaniac.

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  7. I must admit we don't pay much attention to gardening books here at Dolores Delargo Towers - but TV gardeners, on the other hand... Jx

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    1. JON: Is that a courgette in Monty’s basket or is he just happy to see you?

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    2. JON: ♫It's such a lovely colour, and nice and round and fat
      I never thought a marrow could grow as big as that! ♫

      This makes me want to pick up a copy of that “Born Brilliant” book you’re reading.

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    3. Makes me want to pick up this. Jx

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  8. Recently, I received from a dead lady, "The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening" (just under thirty volumes), so those have been keeping me quite busy.
    I've always used strange objects in my assorted gardens & landscapes. The one easy one that comes to mind right now is repurposing ugly lamps, ceramic, glass, plaster, table, floor, swag, it doesn't matter. Just take off the hardware and chop, chisel, break & fill with soil, upside-down, sideways, half-buried, hanging or just stuck in a tree. And, there is always an ugly lamp in someone's trash...

    Truly a pity that I never photographed the crap that I've done.

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    1. WALLY: Your "New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening" in 30 volumes gives new meaning to the word, “unabridged.”

      Your lamp idea is right up my alley. I also fancy a chandelier in the garden.

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  9. Crocs make excellent planters because they will not decompose for 10,000 years! Unless of course there is a nuclear war, then they melt like that Nazi guy in Raiders Of The Lost Ark...wow this is good nighty-night juice.

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    1. DONN: I want to see a “Fahrenheit 451” type of movie in which CROCS are outlawed and burned.

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  10. In books, I mostly like gardens in the context of Great Country House coffee-table volumes; I like the idea of sweeping out of the French doors of the Morning Room onto the regency terrace and thence to the parterre installed by the sixth Duchess.

    It makes cleaning up after the damn dogs and packing yet another box just that little bit more tolerable...

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    1. MUSCATO: And yet you still have the chickens to feed.

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