You know me by now, right?
Lover of plants, books and all things vintage.
So you’ll understand why I just had to share some photos of my latest haul with you. A haul of… wait for it… vintage. gardening. books. I know!
On our recent visit to Wisley, I couldn’t resist the lure of a second hand plant books stall and came away with some real beauties.
All for the grand price of £2.50.
The first is my favourite, this unassuming little green book:
It’s called The Gardener’s Chapbook…
“What’s a chapbook?” I hear you cry.
And I can reply, “I haven’t got a bloody clue.” There’s nothing within the pages that explains its bizarre title (the woman on the stall who, I assume, is something of an expert in gardening books also said she’d never come across the expression before…)
It’s not, as you might imagine, a book of gardening for chaps (“First, twirl your moustache, second prune the apple tree” etc etc) but contains an anthology of gardening prose and verse, followed by a few recipes and a few rather delightful black and white illustrations like this one:
The Book of Wild Flowers is another absolute winner in my eyes. I am a complete sucker for illustrations of plants and I am massively into “native planting” at the moment too (hard though it is to define what’s genuinely native) so these illustrations of British wildflowers are wonderful to me.
Finally, this one smacks of another era of vintage.
Such a very bold front cover! Published in 1979, this little book is one year younger than me. And for the grand sum of 50p, I now have a guide to help me with the tree identification I’ve pledged to carry out this summer (you can read more about that here: A love of trees).
I’m tempted to set myself the challenge to recognise everything within its covers by the time the year is out…
So, what do you think? £2.50 well spent?