The Gardener's Year
Karel Capek's The Gardener's Year is a timeless classic of wit and wisdom, sure to capture the heart and imagination of every gardener—indeed, everyone who has pursued any hobby with a passion that occasionally overrides good common sense. Originally published more that fifty years ago in Czechoslovakia, it transcends the years with grace and ease. Whether Capek is talking about the lack or surfeit of rain, the fruitless search for space to plant just a few more perennials, or the unfathomable mystery of the green thumb, his words strike chord upon chord within every gardener, in every time and place. Fifty-eight sprightly drawings by Karel Capek's brother Josef Capek, lend themselves perfectly to the artful simplicity and humour of this book.
Through the year, Capek does battle with the garden hose, learns the value of patience in spring, prays to the Lord for rain (but only on certain parts of the garden, please), buys far too many plants at every opportunity, curses raspberry canes that invade from his neighbor's garden, routs stones from the soil (they seem to grow from spores), and agonizes continually about the garden while he is on vacation in August. In short, Karel Capek is a gardener, timeless, with all the frailties, hope, and boundless optimism necessarily shared by all gardeners. After the sun sets, he leans on his spade and sighs with deep content: "I have sweated today!"
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HOW LITTLE GARDENS ARE LAID OUT
THE GARDENERS JANUARY I
on the art of gardening
the gardeners march
THE BLESSED RAIN
ON MARKET GARDENERS
A BOTANICAL CHAPTER
ON THE CULTIVATORS OF CACTI
ON THE BEAUTIES OF AUTUMN
ON GARDENING LIFE
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Acaena alyssum asters astilbe autumnal aster beautiful begins birches botanical breathe brushwood bulbs burst bushes cacti cactus maniacs campanula chrysanthemums cold conifers cultivate curses dahlias damp delphiniums dianthus dictamnus digging dung earth Echinocactus Echinocactus Myriostigma English lawn everything faded feverfew finger flora flowers forsythia fragile frost Garden of Eden gardener knows GARDENER'S gentian germination green ground grow hand heap heavy holiday of labour horse-radish humus kind kohlrabi leafmould leaves lily little garden look loosen manure March millimetres month mysterious Nature neighbours nice nurseryman peat perennials perhaps phlox plant plant-lice poke pots primulas Pyrethrum rain raspberries real gardener rock garden roots roses sand saxifrage says the gardener seed seedlings shoot smell snow soil somehow spade spring sprinkled sprouting stick stones sugar-beet sweat tell thing thistle tiny transplant treading trees twigs wait warm weather weed wind winter