A refreshingly simple and free-spirited approach to making a garden for pure pleasure
Forget "bones" Forget "structure." Forget trees, shrubs, and perennials. As James Fenton writes, "This is not a book about huge projects. It is about thinking your way towards the essential flower-garden, by the most traditional of routes: planting some seeds and seeing how they grow."
In this light-hearted, instructive, original "games of lists," Fenton selects one hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. Flowers for color, size, and exotic interest; herbs and meadow flowers; climbing vines, tropical species-- Fenton describes one hundred readily available varieties, and tells how to acquire and grow them.
Here is a happy, stylish, unpretentious and thought-provoking gardening book that will beguile and inspire both novice and expert alike.
This is a small book of 125 pages packed with James Fenton's 100 easy to grow from seed annuals. According the book, the majority of the seeds are self sowers. I looked up every plant in Plant Files and yes, WELL over 90% of the annuals listed self seed based on my research. I also cross checked the list on Thompson and Morgan to see if they were truly "easy" to grow and the T&S website confirmed the ones I could find there (which was most of them). I find myself picking this book up again and again to reference something. I suggest considering adding this to your reference shelf for "at your fingertips" information on self sowing annuals. I'm very pleased with this book.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the quality of the writing in this book was as good as the information presented. It turns out that the author is a professional poet which explains why the book is such a gem. It presents one hundred of the author's favorite flowers which can be grown from seed. A fun read.