Friday, 5 September 2014

Sarah Raven's 'Cutting garden journal'

Over the past week or more I just haven't given a damn. I push myself to make things and to try and do bits of housework but in actual fact all I want to do is sleep. The flu, depression, constant anxiety and self hatred take it out of a girl. I'm exhausted.

One thing that has helped is the lovely book I was sent to review on cut flower gardening. Not too much reading, gorgeous photography, plans, projects and inspiration for next year's 14b flower patch.

I may have fallen in lust with this fabulous Sarah Raven's 'Cutting Garden Journal'. Sarah is a goddess of all things cut flower and I just love that she has written a easy, go to book helping people like me to be more confident in her area of expertise.

First off, it is an absolute joy to the senses; the touch of the paper, the layout, the photography. It is sort of a cross between a coffee table book and a how to manual, so stylish but full of great know how and precise instructions.

For us it is going to be a guide to getting our beds right and full of exactly the right plants. Raven even tells you the best variety of the best plants to grow; how to grow them, where they'll grow best and how long the stems should be cut for the best look!

This is the saviour of 14b (yes we were talking about it again, keep it or get rid....). Now we can have the room we want for vegetables and such but know exactly how much room my flowers need too.

A great book to look over again and again, especially now the dull darker days are creeping in.
It was released yesterday, so now you can rush out and get your copy ;)

Hugs and Love
Carrie

16 comments:

  1. An good review about what is clearly an excellent book that will appeal to many both for the subject matter and it's author. Flighty xx

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    1. thank you Flighty, I do love the book and you can't really go wrong with Sarah Raven, can you? xxx

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  2. I hope you cheer up soon chuck, been pretty bloody crap myself and some day it's just hard to face the world. Big hugs x

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    1. Oh Julee, I hope that by now you are feeling a little brighter. You are so right though, it is hard to face the world some days, most days xxx

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  3. Sounds like a lovely book. It's the perfect time to make plans for next year I think, isn't it. I do hope you're feeling much better soon, in mind and body. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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    1. It's great timing for a book like this to come on the market, though in saying that, the publishers probably knew that, haha. I don't have the flu anymore but still exhausted from it. I hope all is well with you xxx

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  4. wishing you a great bunch of home-grown flowers to get you thru the next bit!

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    1. eeek! you got your wish! Andrew brought me a huge bunch of flowers from the allotment :) xxx

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  5. I need to get that book!!! It sounds like it has a wonderful format! And you hang in there sweet girl...I am sending you positive energy and wishing you all good things! Nicole xoxo

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    1. I love the book and I mean that, I would recommend it xx I felt your energy as I conquered the flu and am actually writing today for the first time in ages. So...thank you xxxx

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  6. I'm having a bad time too. Going to work is tiresome and uninteresting and when I come home I just want to be a blob. My house and garden are suffering from my disinterest.

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    1. Oh darling, I do think that it is so easy to get into a rut in life and just not know how to get out of it. I have been making myself go out on mini coffee dates with the hubby to cheer up the evening. The house is a mess and I don't really care, I just try to do a few little things a day - it's not like the world is going to end. And if you need sleep - take it be a blob and in time you may get your energy back. Remember you are loved!!!

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  7. What a beautiful book and I liked how you said it grabs the senses in different ways. As I'm late to post, I hope things are better for you and if not, will be so soon. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and be patient...easier said than done, right?

    Anyway, this was an excellent review!

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    1. I do love me a proper book, I love the feel of the paper and the smell and the font type and binding - I'M A GEEK and proud. I love that you wrote even you are 'late to the post', thank you! I am feeling a little better today and have got a few things done. Going with the flow is bloomin' difficult for me but it did help.
      Big hugs xxx

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