Friday, January 4, 2013

"OPEN HOUSE": Wintertime Means A Stack Of Garden Books



Welcome to "Open House"  where other bloggers are invited to come link something they have posted regarding home, decorating,      
sewing, crafting, DIY, antiquing  etc.  Did you bake something fabulous recently?  - share that!  You get the idea!






Now that winter is here, we have time to slow down and for me that means pulling out old books and magazines to glean some inspiration.  I have gone through all the old January Victoria Magazines. I am looking 24/7 for garden tips and ideas and new recipes.  I found a book in my own library on English Gardens produced in l990 by Victoria's Secret (yes, who can believe it???)  The pictures are incredible - like a dream really.









I also have a recipe to share for "FIRESIDE COFFEE" from the 1987 addition of Southern Living Recipes:



 FIRESIDE COFFEE


2 Cups of non dairy coffee creamer, 1 1/2 cups of hot cocoa mix, 1 1/2 cups instant coffee granules, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg.  Combine all and mix well.  Store in  airtight container - makes 6 1/2 cups     Spoon 2 Tbs and 1 Tsp in a mug - add 1 cup boiling water

Much inspiration can be gleaned from the books about the late gardener, Tasha Tudor:





My favorite photo of Tasha is in the book above from 1994.  Tovah Martin wrote the text and said: "The secret garden will one day be dominated by the roses, no doubt.  But for now the foxgloves reign supreme, with a little help from frequent and generous applications of manure tea."











Happy dreaming!

I am linking this post:
 Show and Tell Friday and Fresh Cut Friday
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19 comments:

Penny Phillips said...

Thank you for hosting...have a great week end! Hugs, Penny

janice15 said...

THE ROMANTIC ENGLISH GARDEN BOOK LOOKS LOVELY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HAPPY FRIDAY AND WEEKEND WITHLOVE JANICE

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, I didn't see the linking tool today. I enjoyed your post and I adore Tasha Tudor's foxgloves. I know you are fond of them as well and have beautiful ones in your garden. Thank you for hosting Open House, Bernideen.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Thank you for hosting your nice meme, the first of 2013. Happy new year and have a great weekend.
FABBY

Stacey said...

This time of year is just perfect for dreaming about the garden, isn't it? I've been going through old pictures from our last house and making new plans. :)

Sarah said...

I'm forever dreaming about English gardens. ;-)
Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year! ~ sarah

Lavender Cottage said...

The garden plans that evolve from our dreams happen best when the ground is covered in snow. Books and lists and sourcing plants is a favourite pastime in the winter.
I'll link again in a couple of weeks Bernideen as I'm organizing this week and vacationing next.
Judith

Liz Hockamier said...

Makes me want to get my books out!
It takes a lot of work to get an English Garden here in Phoenix. :)

This is a great post. Thank you for sharing it at FCF! Have a great weekend!

~Liz

Martha said...

When one can't garden one can PLAN gardens -- love those books -- I have several of them as well. Tasha Tudor is also a love (one reason we have a corgi!)

Martha said...

Do you have her cookbook? It's a great cookbook -- simple but really good recipes.

KathyB. said...

Bernideen, I to do the same things in January. I love Tasha Tudor's book and own it, and re-read it.Tea time & gardening are universal bonds of friendship, aren't they?

Yes, it is hard to believe the lovely book was from Victoria Secret, definitely a well kept secret until now!

KathyB. said...

Bernideen, I to do the same things in January. I love Tasha Tudor's book and own it, and re-read it.Tea time & gardening are universal bonds of friendship, aren't they?

Yes, it is hard to believe the lovely book was from Victoria Secret, definitely a well kept secret until now!

KathyB. said...

I am your 675th follower, and happy to be so.Awhile back you visited my blog and asked me to join your "Friends Sharing Tea", and I am anticipating doing so in the near future. What fun !

Susan said...

Gardening has always been a part of my dreams. It brings back beautiful memories with my mother and grandmother and with Kelly, who found getting your hands dirty was so rewarding. I have both those books and they inspire me to always find beauty in nature. XOXO

Marilyn said...

Love browsing garden catalogs this time of year too. Thanks for mentioning Tasha Tudors book, I love that one and need a gift for someone that is focusing on gardening this year. This would be perfect.

HolleyGarden said...

I had no idea that Victoria's Secret had a garden book - and it looks like such a beautiful book! I am swooning over just the cover photo! Thanks, too, for coming by my blog!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Bernideen, I didn't know that you did a Friday party. Happy to be joining in! I too have been browsing books. Looking for inspiration for Spring! I love Tasha Tudors gardens. Oh, if I could grow Foxgloves as gorgeous as hers! The English Garden book looks fabulous also.
Hugs,
Jann

Angela McRae said...

Bernideen, I am doing the same thing, reading garden catalogs, old magazines and books and dreaming of this spring's tea garden!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Thanks for sharing; the English Garden book looks very dreamy...may have to check into that one! I love this part about winter...