File This One Under ‘Run. Don’t Walk.’
I first watched Life In A Cottage Garden when it first aired a few years ago. It’s a 6-part series (each part is 30 minutes long) featuring a year in the life of Carol Klein’s massive and gorgeous garden near Devon, England.
I’m mentioning this series today because it’s available free on YouTube right now and these things can disappear as quickly as they appear.
February is a tricky month for us cold climate gardeners. There’s so much sunshine yet we have months to go before we can dig the dirt again. Shows like this one provide that wonderful combination of taunting and inspiration.
Books By Carol Klein
I also own and recommend several of Carol’s books. I bought them through Amazon.UK because I could not find them in Canada or the U.S. Incredibly, delivery to Canada took just 3 days!
by Carol Klein
If there is one key piece missing from gardening information in Canada (and perhaps the United States?), it’s propogation. Yes, people, we do not propogate enough. Or in some cases, at all. Here the tendency is to buy new plants at the nursery and leave propogration to the pros.
You can grow so many plants from existing plants. This book provides photos and instructions for a variety of methods (depending on the type of plant). It’s much easier than we’ve been taught to believe. Stop buying so many plants and make your own multiply instead.
by Carol Klein
This book is a companion to the video series. I bought it because I was punch drunk in love with the series. The book is a combination of garden journal, love affair with the whole process, and how to’s. If I could only choose one, I’d buy the book on propogation just because that information is hard to come by.