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7 great books involving gardens and flowers

Today is Water a Flower Day, at least if you live in the U.S. so in celebration, I’ve put together a list of 7 great books involving gardens and flowers.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Intended for children, but still a wonderful read for adults, it’s the story of how the discovery of a secret garden healed two children, one of loneliness and arrogance and another of hypochondria, together with a grown man with a broken heart.
The Jewel Garden: A Story of Despair and Redemption by Monty Don and Sarah Don
This is part biography and part garden management manual. Both parts are fascinating.
The Gardens That Mended A Marriage by Karen Moloney
You might think that creating a Persian garden in a place like Spain would be easy enough. After all, the climates aren’t that different. According to Karen Moloney, however, you would probably be wrong, but the act of trying might make you a stronger person and might help you to understand and nurture relationships better.
The Country Dia…

10 fun questions on literary Edinburgh

This picture was taken right beside the entrance to an Edinburgh street used as the title of an Ian Rankin novel.Name the street/book.
Scottish surgeon, Joseph Bell, taught at Edinburgh University and was the inspiration for a famous detective created by Edinburgh-born author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Name the character.
Author Daphne Du Maurier and her family were the inspiration for the Darling family, created by Edinburgh-born author JM Barrie in what book?
What writer is based in Edinburgh but has a series of popular novels set in Africa?
The year 2018 marked 100 years since the birth of an author whose childhood in Edinburgh provided the inspiration for her most famous book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.Who is she?
Greyfriars Kirkyard is the last resting place of many Edinburgh residents including a Mr Tom Riddle, a famous author used it for help when creating character names.Who was she?
The author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde didn’t want to be remembered with a statue, but wound up…