Zoe has tagged me for a meme founded on a book. Sadly I think mine is going to be crashingly boring for anyone who isn't a gardening addict.
Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
The book which is closest to hand is Christopher LLoyd's "The Well-tempered Garden". It is one I read and reread, dipping in and out, sometimes just reading a chapter and putting it away again. He is, or I should say was, as he died last year in his late eighties, one of the world's great gardeners. it is astonishing to me that I somehow have not yet made it to Great Dixter, the garden he created, latterly with Fergus Garrett in Sussex. Still it is good to have ambitions. I want to go when it is not full of visitors so that means at one end of the season or the other. He is famed for keeping the borders flowering madly late into autumn so, although in my own garden spring is my favourite time, I think I should go in October in a golden Indian summer day.
He was a witty, generous man with a reputation for not suffering fools gladly. It is a great book to read for his opinionated, ascerbic style as well as for his bottomless fund of gardening knowledge. Along with the expected section on pruning and weeding and layering, he has a section called "Planned and unplanned garden effects" and best of all"The fallible plant" and "The fallible gardener".
Here is the extract from page 123:
"What do you call that? Rhubarb?" is a frequent question from jocular visitors. It jars a little with repetition. After all the rhubarbs are strikingly handsome plants too. In a sunny position Gunnera manicata grows only 5 foot tall with leaves of a 4 foot span, but it is probably happier in the sun.
You see what I mean: not a great extract for reeling in new readers. However if you are at all interested in gardening, give it a go.
I am supposed to tag another five people so I tag bodran, mountainear, laurie, kaycie and pondside if they would like to.