|Positive ||spklatt ||On Nov 6, 2004, spklatt wrote:
This is a great book for reference, for planning, for inspiration or just as a scenic tour inside some beautiful home conservatories, ranging from the simple to the elaborate. It's written specifically for the United Kingdom's climate, and this should be kept in mind when it discusses temperature levels - but I think it would be easily adaptable and of interest to any plant lover, in any climate.
This book is organized into one chapter per calendar month. Each chapter starts off with some inspirational reflections, and general impressions of which plants are doing well that month in a typical conservatory. The chapter then goes on to list tasks for the month and provides details on several featured "plants of the month". Each chapter includes at least one easy practical project (such as building a wooden potting bench, caring for fruit in the conservatory or building a barrel pond). There are also some general reference resources scattered throughout the book, such as instructions on how to propagate lilies, and a list of common pests & diseases. The book does not assume expert knowledge; there is plenty of anecdotal experience shared by people starting up their conservatory, and lots of practical advice on things such as ventilation, temperature control, humidity, etc.
The book is filled with excellent line drawings, both black-and-white and colour, and many excellent colour photographs. Thoroughly enjoyable, whether for casual browsing or deliberate, sequential instruction throughout the year. Highly recommended.