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My Garden World: the Sunday Times bestseller

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he notices the little things that so many of us 'gardeners' and outdoor people notice and gives lots of interesting extra facts. The book is a Season by Season, month by month journal of sorts, cataloguing the observations of plant and animal life as they emerge and appear over the course of a year. Some creatures are present in his book on a number of occasions, whilst others fail to appear at all, although they might be the stars of somebody else’s garden.

This book is an amazing naturalists account of all the many birds, plants, and mammals that are to be found at different times of the year and in all the many places, in and around farms, gardens, woodlands and environments both familiar, and unfamiliar. If I’m honest, I’m not sure I’d have chosen this book for myself, but I was given it so felt obliged to read it. As familiar as a cup of tea and similarly as heartening, Monty Don is something of a gardening legend. My only criticism is I wish it had been purposefully written in a

If, in our own modest back yards, we can help preserve and treasure our natural world then we will make the world a better place -- not just for ourselves but for every living creature. But over the past 20 years, their appearances have become increasingly infrequent, increasingly brief.

My Garden World is Monty Don taking us through the year in his garden and farm, made up of tasty vignettes and morsels. I'm an avid watcher of Garden's World and while I like gardening, I know little about it which is why this book was ideal - I know perhaps I should read a boo about gardening. I paid much more attention to their behaviour this year as I learnt what to expect on a monthly basis. Dedicated to ‘Nigel, 2008-2020’, it pensively follows with the opening lines of ‘Afterwards’, by Thomas Hardy. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.He doesn't hold back from being blunt about the decline and endangerment of so many species, or about the reality of country life and pursuits like hunting or shooting but most of all, it is an ode to the natural world and the wonder and joy it so obviously brings to our lives, if we just take a minute to stop and look around us. I have used the calendar months because these fit in with the rhythm of my gardening year ~ I always begin each January with a sense of hope and optimism because the garden is starting to wake up after the slow descent down to the end of the year.

Already 400 pages in paperback, I suppose a possibly 1,200 page doorstopper if pictures were included might not have been possible though.Divided into sections, each one headed by the main subject of the piece, I really like the style of writing that is often nostalgic. Overall this is an easy book to dip in and out of as well as one you can throw yourself into for a lengthier session of quiet escapism. I particularly enjoyed his heartfelt tribute to his beloved Nigel,So very moving and the book contains some lovely photos too.

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