The Gardener's Perpetual Almanac: A Book of Days

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Did you know that red herrings or garlic could rid your garden of moles? That sweet peas sown in bonfire ash will flourish? That in 1120 the Bishop of Laon excommunicated caterpillars? That you can fertilize peach blossoms with a rabbit's tail? That February is the best time to start a beehive? This little treasure of a book harvests the wit and wisdom of over four centuries of almanacks, herbals and gardening books, and is filled with quotations from the works of great garden-lovers from John Donne to Derek ...
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Overview

Did you know that red herrings or garlic could rid your garden of moles? That sweet peas sown in bonfire ash will flourish? That in 1120 the Bishop of Laon excommunicated caterpillars? That you can fertilize peach blossoms with a rabbit's tail? That February is the best time to start a beehive? This little treasure of a book harvests the wit and wisdom of over four centuries of almanacks, herbals and gardening books, and is filled with quotations from the works of great garden-lovers from John Donne to Derek Jarman, Thomas Jefferson to John Clare, Jane Austen to Vita Sackville-West.

Do you know the patron saint of gardeners? How about the uses for dandelions? Did you know that rosemary is supposed to make the heart merry or that Christmas Eve is the day to drink to the health of fruit trees? This little treasure book is full of illustrations from the 15th to the 20th centuries, drawing on the wit and wisdom of almanacks, herbals, and gardening books. 233 illustrations, 44 in color. 208 pp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402866876
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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