Virginia Barton

19 August 2013: Border talk

I love the intimacy between gardeners. Each knows instinctively that the other would love a little slip of this, a few precious seeds, or a cutting of that. Even the authors of the catalogues share in the conspiracy: “This is a dandy little border favorite, always a winner.” That’s exactly what I need to hear! Let’s have a couple!

Honorary OUS Gardener’s Notes, April-May 1991

The place crawling with plain clothes men as Kenneth Baker was speaking at 1:30 and Leon Brittan later on. I told them they should search my bags as I could easily be a subversive gardener, but they were more interested in litter bins.

Much fancied alphabet of nature

If more people read books like this we might learn to take more care of the world we share with animals and plants – in the words of the Russian cosmonaut quoted in the Epilogue: “It’s a world that is – ‘small and fragile’”.

10 May 2013: For the birds

The robin became so tame he not only ate out of my hand in the garden but would sit on the kitchen table for his breakfast. Grated cheddar was his preference. Once I found him upstairs where he left a small dropping on my side of the bed!

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