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This is Christopher Lloyd’s most important book since the publication thirty years ago of his landmark The Well-tempered Garden, representing the fruit of his lifetime’s study of perennial plants. Genus by genus, he has set down everything he has learned, thought, seen, tried, likes or regrets about them, individually or in combination.
Ever the scholar among professional gardeners, he is formidably knowledgeable, iconoclastic, sometimes dyspeptic or even rude, and always entertaining. He makes us see and he makes us think. In his own words, "for good or ill, here you have the voice of an individual rather than the omniscience of a faceless team of contributors…I love plants: at least that must be clear – perhaps even infectious." The lively text is supplemented by breathtaking photographs, most by Jonathan Buckley.
Christopher Lloyd is a witty , informative writer. He doesn't just reel out the old phrases and jargon that many writers do.
He tells it from his point of view, warts and all, which is very refreshing .
Reading his books are like listening into a discussion, he tells the pros and cons of the plants, including his failures with some.
A great book just to dip into for information, or to simply curl up with in the winter, in front of a roaring fire, with a mug of hot-chocolate ...bliss!!!!