I’m joining The Novel Bakers
for Beatrix Potter (and Bunny!) Week.
by Marta McDowell
Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England’s Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.
Richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.
I’ve been immersed in the charmed world
of Beatrix Potter, filled with flowers and gardens
and of course, Peter Rabbit!
I’m ready to break in a new pair of
gardening gloves & dig in the dirt!
So I took a day off from baking
to play in the Potting Shed. . .
It seemed fitting since my Potting Shed is as full
as Mr. McGregor’s fictional one with lots of places
for a bunny to hide . . .
” . . .a broom for sweeping, a spade for heavy digging, a trowel for transplanting. He has different sizes of flower pots: small ‘thimbles’ for starting seeds and ‘long toms’ for growing deep rooted seedlings.”
I filled a bunny planter for some spring blooms and to enjoy indoors until we’re past our freeze/frost date later this month, and can plant outdoors.
Purple Hyacinths and Muscari are blooming,
planted alongside violas, a bird nest,
and a few colored eggs.
“Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise. By the time she saw the first growing season progress through her garden at Hill Top she would be forty years old. In spite of a somewhat late start, the seeds of Potter’s gardening interests were planted early on.”
Part one in Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is her life as a gardener with chapters titled Germination, Offshoots, Flowering, Roots, Ripening, and Setting Seed.
Part two is a year in Beatrix Potter’s Gardens, divided by seasons, and part three is visiting Beatrix Potter’s Gardens.
Illustrated with naturalist sketches and paintings from Beatrix Potter’s work, this beautiful journal contains charts, record-keeping pages, seasonal planting information, and gardening tips from Caroline Kennedy, an experienced garden designer.
I did a little tabletop gardening,
landscaping the counter & arranging flowers
with Portmeirion Botanic Garden. . .
Planting flowers with dishes,
aka dish gardening :)
Enjoying the Lily Flowered Azalea. . .
Lilacs. . .
Narcissus. . .
And Hyacinths. . .
Along with blooming flatware . . .
“Every garden tells a story,
if you know how to read it.”
I’m joining The Novel Bakers
for Beatrix Potter Week. . .
Visit Jain and Michael Lee
for more Bunny/Beatrix Potter fun:
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