Description : Grow into a better gardener with Chris Beardshaw; BBC TV’s Flying Gardener – now in paperback From cutting and grafting to fending off bugs and pests, Chris Beardshaw, BBC TV’s Flying Gardener and two-times Gold Medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, explains how understanding nature will make you a better gardener. Ever wondered why some plants favour light and others shade? Or how pollination works, or why soil is so important? Discover how gardening folklore, handed down through generations can be applied to your plot. Once you know what plants need to thrive it's easy to create a garden to be proud of.
Description : We all know that ladybirds eat aphids but did you know that a sexually mature female lays 500 eggs in a summer? Or that she lays them close to aphid colonies so the ladybirds are ready to devour them as soon as they hatch?Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem - what she calls her 'living jigsaw' - really does produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects - and even slugs - your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched.The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. By using tried-and-tested techniques you will be well on the way to developing a healthy garden ecology. This book not only champions natural gardening, but explains why it works and in doing so provides a compelling reason to make your garden chemical-free.
Description : Georgian landscape gardens are among the most visited and enjoyed of the UK's historical treasures. The Georgian garden has also been hailed as the greatest British contribution to European Art, seen as a beautiful composition created from grass, trees and water - a landscape for contemplation. But scratch below the surface and history reveals these gardens were a lot less serene and, in places, a great deal more scandalous.Beautifully illustrated in colour and black & white, this book is about the daily life of the Georgian garden. It reveals its previously untold secrets from early morning rides through to evening amorous liaisons. It explains how by the eighteenth century there was a desire to escape the busy country house where privacy was at a premium, and how these gardens evolved aesthetically, with modestly-sized, far-flung temples and other eye-catchers, to cater for escape and solitude as well as food, drink, music and fireworks. Its publication coincides with the 2016 tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's greatest ever landscape gardener, and the book is uniquely positioned to put Brown's work into its social context.
Description : Featuring images produced on a flatbed scanner, showcases the colors and forms of over two hundred seaweed specimens gathered from the California and Maine coasts, accompanied by personal observations and scientific facts.
Description : It all began when James Peterson was a camp counselor and two children, watching him meditate, described the colors they saw around his form: “…we saw colors coming out of his stomach. And the outside was purple, then it was blue, then it was yellow, then reddish and light yellow in the middle.” Studies indicate that almost seven percent of young children have such psychic experiences. For the most part, they don’t tell anybody about them for fear of being ridiculed. But the author believes it would be psychologically healthy for them to relate such occurrences to adults if they feel the need. In this book Peterson has put together a charming collection of case-histories about such psychic episodes. He believes they should be accepted as factual: that frequently they emanate from the “wisdom of innocence” present in youngsters. The question of the secret life of kids is examined by Peterson from the point of view of philosophy, occultism, and child psychology. He suggests why and how such experiences manifest, and their potential value to the child’s growth pattern.
Description : Most people have heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy, and of The Secret Garden. Yet few people realize that the same woman wrote both books, 25 years apart, and was considered, along with Henry James, one of the leading writers in America on the strength of the adult novels which made her name in the 1870s and 1880s. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s favourite theme in fiction was the reversal of fortune, and she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated with her family to Tennessee at the close of the Civil War. On the surface, her life was extremely successful. She played the roles of Famous Writer and Fairy Godmother with enthusiasm, but happiness eluded her. She was always waiting for the party, but it went on in other rooms.
Description : Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Description : The Secret Life of Siegfried and Roy reveals the touching, little-known story of how two youngsters founded a friendship, a franchise, and a tempestuous on-and-off love affair that would last a lifetime.