on 15 January 2006
Picking up this book off the bookstore shelf you will be enhanted by the photos and the promise of this book.
The aim is high, to bring together the worlds of the "natural" meadow and that of the garden. Some of the effects that have been acheived in Lloyd's garden at Dixter are great and his ability to champion the need for a little wild in the average garden is admirable.
However, the fact that the Lloyd's dug up native orchids from the British countryside and planted them in his own garden is deplorable, made worse by the fact that he is not apologetic of this. Perhaps we should all take a trowel to Dixter and reclaim the wild from him.
His knowledge of natural meadows is pretty minimal, and no indication of an understanding of the ecology of meadows is revealed. Fine if you have a lifetime of upper-class dilly-dallying around, but meadows can be formed in a relatively short time.
So in the end a book for the non-critical gardener, who is low on ethics.
on 29 November 2004
Any book by Christopher Lloyd is a welcome addition to my bookshelves and this is yet another characterisitcally informative, beautifully written and beautifully illustrated title. Even though I don't possess a field in which to practice some of what he preaches, it's still a fascinating book and inspires me to take even some elements on board and to think a little harder about our environment and natural meadowlands. I'm also inspired to head down to Dixter with new admiration for the meadow there...