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Chibiabos83

A Good Reed

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think. That's right, isn't it?

Lots of people here love the world of nature. Perhaps we should have a group read. But which book to choose? Some thoughts:

James and the Giant Beech

My Sister's Creeper

The Inheritance of Moss

King Solomon's Pines

The Quince and the Pauper

Anemone of the People

A Prayer for Owen Peony

Ripley's Bayleaf It or Not

The Three Stomata of Farmer Eldritch


Add as (in)appropriate.
Mikeharvey

Congratulations on ANEMONE OF THE PEOPLE

All I can come up with are

THE ASPEN PAPERS
THYME AND THE CONWAYS
LILY LIAR
THE FLOWER AND THE GLORY
BRIGHTON STOCK
PRIVET LIVES
county_lady

Laughing
Beets, Shoots & Leaves
A Story of the Daisies to Come
Red Thrift
TheRejectAmidHair

Let us not forget The Inheritance of Moss.
Chibiabos83

Thistle probably be an unwelcome contribution, but I did mention it in my first post.

One I did forget:

At-Swim-Tu-Lips
TheRejectAmidHair

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Thistle probably be an unwelcome contribution, but I did mention it in my first post.



Damn! I feel like a right fool now!

I'll think of a few in good time, I'm sure ... Once I stop feeling brain-dead after another mind-sapping day in the office...
Chibiabos83

I think it just proves that great minds think alike Smile  I wonder now if this was a bad thread to start. I've been trying to think of more and my mind's utterly blank. I'm sure someone can help me out.
Chibiabos83

Lichen-d Psmith

That may be inexcusable.
Castorboy

Chibiabos83 wrote:
One I did forget: At-Swim-Tu-Lips

If record labels are allowed then Apple is my pick. Anyway back to the books which won’t win the Orange prize.

The Weed in the Willows

A Journal of the Plague Pear

Parsnips and Old Lace

The Grass Menagerie

To Till a Mockingbird

Ulypeas

Summoned by Bluebells

The Hound of the Boskervilles

Our Mutual Frond

Billy Buddleia
Mikeharvey

After a brain-numbing session I managed these:

ALYSSUM IN WONDERLAND
THE TELL-TALE ARTICHOKE
OH WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YEW MY LAD
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER-BEAN
TheRejectAmidHair

You're all too good! Very Happy  I really have to think about this seriously...
Chibiabos83

I think Our Mutual Frond may be my favourite so far. Bravo, Castorboy!

Perhaps related somehow to The Fern of the Screw...
Castorboy

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Perhaps related somehow to The Fern of the Screw...

Chib, I have to respond with

Tendrils is the Night and as I am on a (garden) roll-er

Jekyll and Hydranga

Day of the Jacaranda

Lady Chatterley’s Clover

Primrose Progress

Spades in the Wood

Roses and Juliet

Der Rosencoriander

Seven Pillars of Wisteria
 
To the Greenhouse

And that is my allotment Laughing
TheRejectAmidHair

To the Greenhouse! I love it!  Very Happy
Sandraseahorse

Fantastic Mr. Phlox

Adam Weed

Barry Linden

Plus The Sage of Innocence
Chibiabos83

Oh, Fantastic Mr Phlox is a lot better than The Phlox of Delights, which is what I'd come up with. Mind you, The Box of Delights doesn't need changing.

And The Sorrel Island.
Chibiabos83

Cedar with Rose
Hector

The Scarlet Lettuce by Hawthorn
TheRejectAmidHair

Thyme and Punishment by Dostoyesky
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner Bean by Alan Sillitoe
Lily Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Chibiabos83

Not a title, but I believe "'Allo, Vera" is the opening of Testament of Youth.
Mikeharvey

With half my attention on the TV last night I managed to come up with these.

WESTWARD HOE!
EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMUS
GRAPE EXPECTATIONS
PUT OUT MORE FIGS
MULCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
FERTILIZER OF LAMBETH
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MANURER
BANANA KARENINA
Chibiabos83

The Count of Monty Don
Sandraseahorse

John Ford's revenge drama "Tis A Pity Tree's A Haw".
Chibiabos83

The Mower and the Glory
The Sum of all Shears
Terra Cotta and the Deathly Marrows
Chibiabos83

A Pear of Blue Eyes
The Lady of the Rake

anything by John Trowels or Edgar Allan Hoe

and surely every melancholic gardener buys the Hardy Annual around this time of year.
Mikeharvey

PETER PANSY
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA CREEPER?
FEVER PEACH
THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMSON
Caro

How very clever you all are!  I can only come up with a couple of old classics:

Jane Pear by Charlotte Browntree
Nicholas Nicked-a-bee by Charles Dioxin
David Copperspray - ditto.
Older-Burr Twist by Charles Dock-out.
Gardening by the Moonstone by Milky Cottons.
Briar and Bread Juices by Rain Mossy Tin.
Mikeharvey

I think I'm now scraping the bottom of the barrel.  

WHAT MAIZE HE KNEW
THE PRUNE AND SIXPENCE
A LA RECHERCHE DU TOMS PERDU
THE QUEEN OF SPUDS
EUGENE ONIONGIN
THE RAPE OF THE LEEK
THE KREUTZER TOMATO

There's a play by Mike Harding called 'Fur Coat and No Knickers' which might be transmogrified into

FIR CONE AND NO KNICKERS
Mikeharvey

THE FIRST MELON IN THE MOON
THE THIRD MANGO
MAJORAM BARBARA
I AM A CAMELLIA
THE RED BADGE OF COURGETTE
THE WYCH ELMS OF EASTWICK
THE OREGANO OF SPECIES
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS BRINGS RICE
Evie

I love 'What Maize He Knew' and 'A La Recherche du Toms Perdu'!
Mikeharvey

LENTIL by Isaac Bashevis Singer
mike js

It is my obligation to follow tradition and offer the following ...

Marshland Thyme Slip - Philip K Dick

The Three Tomatoes of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick

Grow My Pears, the Policeman Said - Philip K Dick

We Can Build Yew - Philip K Dick
Green Jay

Caro wrote:
How very clever you all are!  I can only come up with a couple of old classics:

Jane Pear by Charlotte Browntree
Nicholas Nicked-a-bee by Charles Dioxin
David Copperspray - ditto.
Older-Burr Twist by Charles Dock-out.
Gardening by the Moonstone by Milky Cottons.
Briar and Bread Juices by Rain Mossy Tin.


Dear me, Caro, you're not an organic gardener, are you?  Wink
Green Jay

Evie wrote:
'A La Recherche du Toms Perdu'!


Story of my gardening life!
Mikeharvey

CASTING THE PRUNES by M.R. James
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CAULIFLOWER
THE LIFE OF PINE
MIGNONETTE'S CHILDREN
THE SEEDS OF KRISHNAPUR
THE NAME OF THE HOSE
CRESS OF THE D'URBEVILLES
Hector

Mike

I love "Love in the time of Cauliflower" and "Cress of the D'Urbevilles"!

Hector
Chibiabos83

And any of the plays of Colley Dibber...
Mikeharvey

Did you mean to spell that CAULI Dibber?

I have been tormenting myself trying to think of variations on strawberry and broccoli. But failed.
Chibiabos83

I did, Mike. Thank you for your amendment.
Chibiabos83

All broccoli fans love Jean de Floret.
MikeAlx

Thyme's Marrow - Martin Amis
Memoirs of a Foxglove Hunting Man - Siegfried Sassoon
Digitalis in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Half of a Mallow Sun - C N Adichie
MikeAlx

Mushroom at the top - John Braine
Hotel du Leek - Anita Brookner
Flaubert's Carrot - Julian Barnes
Chibiabos83

I wonder if it might be possible to find an edition of Lord Arthur Savile's Lime illustrated by Straubrey Beardsley.
Green Jay

Cold Comfrey Farm
Alice Through The Quaking-Grass
Lord of The Greenflies
A Handful of Derris Dust

The House At Pooh Corner is obviously the shed next to the manure heap.
MikeAlx

The Old Man and the Seed - Turnips Hemingway
A Vine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
Elders and Betters - Ivy, Compost: Burn it!
Mikeharvey

Congratulations, Gareth, on Strawberry Beardsley.  Michael
Gul Darr

A few by Ian McYewan:
The Child in Thyme
Comfort of Hydrangeas
Yamsterdam
Allotment
On Chesil Beech
Jen M

War and Peas
The Regermination Trilogy - Pat Barker
Caro

I do like Ivy, Compost: Burn it.  

No one here much seems to read or have read Ivy Compton-Burnett, but we read quite a bit of her at university.  I wish I could remember our courses better - we read some modernish novelists and poets in reasonable detail - lot of Conrad, two or three Compton-Burnetts, Hardy, Gerald Manly-Hopkins, and others just one work - Muriel Spark, Gunter Grass, Saul Bellow, John Fowles (he may have only written one at that stage), so I am a bit confused now.  (To be strictly honest, I managed the course without reading Grass or Bellow or a couple of those other rather difficult obtuse writers.)  

Cheers, Caro.

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