WELL-TEMPERED GARDENCHRISTOPHER LLOYD Book Number: 81427 Product format: Paperback
This is a new edition of the timeless classic that first appeared in 1970 and has been the gardener's must-have ever since. 'The great wonder, in gardening, is that so many plants live. I seldom get the opportunity to watch the private gardener at work. Privacy, indeed, is their watchword...They wait until the coast is clear rather than risk the onlooker's sharp intake of breath as their trowel chaws through the heart of an unexpected bulb or the guffaw that attends the stabbing of their shoe with the garden fork.' Christopher's friendly and knowledgeable style makes this a pleasure to read, whether you are worrying about your alliums 'Anyone who sets out to make a comprehensive collection of onions would be dotty, if pleasantly so. There are about 750 species...' to scented flowers 'There are some flowers we expect to be scented; if they are not they are out. Others, of which we do not demand this quality, may surprise us by producing it. 'Where does the scent come from? It cannot be that gladiolus', we say, while the gladiolus indulges in a quiet smirk at our expense.' With chapters covering such topics as planting, pruning, cuttings, grafting, bulbs, water gardening, annuals, hedges, colour, seasonal highlights, fruit and vegetables, and planned and unplanned garden effects, this is a fact packed book that delivers the harvest with a good dollop of down-to-earth common-sense. Christopher Lloyd loved his plants and his gardens, and it shows. Softback. 368pp. Two sections of colour plates.
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