Growing, showing and gladioli

Ups and downs in the garden and around the shows


Something I have always found interesting is looking through and reading gardening books, both newly published ones and those classics dating back many years. Here are some worth a read!


Joe’s Allotment – I really enjoyed reading through this book of Joe Swift’s attempt at cultivating an allotment. He got some criticism, I know, for being there one minute and then going the next; however, reading through his book you do get a sense of how he managed his allotment and he shares both the successes and failures. He also speaks with a lot of enthusiasm about his allotment which is infectious.


Sweet Peas: An essential guide – Roger Parson’s new book (2011) has been a real source of great up to date information for growing sweet peas. It has many interesting chapters on sweet peas not just about their cultivation, but also their history and development and other Lathyrus species.


The complete Guide to Sweet peas – A much older sweet pea book but one of the classics on them. I read Bernard Jones’ book many years ago and despite it being dated it is full of nuggets of information. Even though Roger’s book above is up to date in many ways the cultivation of sweet peas for show has remained unchanged and the passages in the Jones’ book are just as relevant. Many of the varieties mentioned have been superseded.


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