Pick of the Week
Derek Jarman's Garden is my first pick of the week - pick of the week being a new thing I started tonight - because if one book characterizes the library this is close to perfect. This is the last book Jarman wrote and it's a record of how he tended an inhospitable piece of coastal shingle, close to the Dungeness nuclear power station in south Kent in England, into a happy garden that shows how it is possible to grow a whole seed catalog of plants in the most unwelcoming of landscapes.
It includes the notes from his diary as he slowly built the garden from 1985 to 1994 - which includes fence posts from WW2 (when it was thought the Germans would land at Dungeness and the area was mined and wrapped in barbed wire) and all manner of stuff the sea washed up - his poetry, the strangely haunting The Sunne Rising by John Donne, which was installed on the side of Prospect Cottage (you can see it on the first photo below), references to his many friends who died from Aids-related illnesses, and the most wonderful descriptions of the flowers that grew, and grow, in shingle and salt water. It's the book I look through when I'm wondering what to do next.
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