I love books that teach me knew things especially from a perspective I might not be familiar with. There is always something new to learn about gardening and these two books taught me alot. I have not paid for these books and my words and opinions are as ever my own.
Luke says "It is time for a book like this. We humans desperately need to stop, slow down, and reflect on how we can be partners with the natural world." (p. 3) I can only agree wholeheartedly with this.
I loved reading this book, I learned a lot and it made me think.
The Druid Garden by Luke Eastwood is published by John Hunt Publishing
The section on mystery plants is very interesting too. These are plants that are referred to in historical documents/accounts and yet cannot be clearly identified. The Laughter Leaf referred to by Pliny is one such example (with an interesting suggestion of what it might be.....)
Similarly the appendix on Devilish Plants, plants that have common names that link them to the devil, is interesting and fun to read.
The illustrations by Sharon Tingey and Jacqui Pestell really add to the joy of this book, though there are not enough of them, I would have liked to have seen more.
This is a wonderful book, full of interesting knowledge. I really enjoyed reading it.
Plant Magic is published by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.