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The Cottage Garden (DK Living) [Paperback]

Christopher Lloyd , Richard Bird
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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8 April 1999 DK Living
Covering both basic and more advanced information , this book on the cottage garden includes a clear explanation of the subject, equipment and preparation. Detailed step-by-step photographs and instructions take the reader systematically through all the techniques.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (8 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751307025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751307023
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For many people, the English cottage garden is a small, and emotionally charged, glimpse of heaven. Intimate, informal, colourful, romantically luxuriant, it also seems to embody a tradition of timeless simplicity and self-sufficiency--a kind of naive art. Christopher Lloyd and Richard Bird also point out in The Cottage Garden that the cottage flower garden tended historically to be a low-maintenance enterprise: by necessity, since the exigencies of rural labouring life allowed little leisure for its cultivation. The flowers planted would have to be able to look after themselves, the vegetable garden claim most of the time available.

The Cottage Garden is a comprehensive manual for the creation of this idyll, whether it be solely devoted to flowers, or a full working garden with soft fruits, rotation crops, bees, a pig, ducks and chickens. Plans are given for different garden layouts, with information on the best plants to choose, their cultivation and flowering or fruiting seasons. There is much sound advice on the features which add to the character of the cottage garden: gates, walls, hedges and fences, paths, ponds and pergolas. If your dream is to create such a garden, "a tidy mess" as the authors call it, The Cottage Garden makes an ideal starting point. --Robin Davidson


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but disappointing 25 Mar 2007
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I love Christopher LLoyd's writing, but found this book disappointing. It lacks the discursive, personal voice that makes his descriptions of plants and planting so invigorating to read, and skims over too much ground in too little detail to be useful as anything other than the most basic introduction (a page on bee keeping, a page on preserving, a few pages on vegetables ...). The range of plants described is severely limited, and the whole thing feels as if it has been written to a tight design brief developed by a non-gardening editor. Not vintage Lloyd.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive but needs support 19 Aug 2002
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This is a very visually attractive book, with inspiring photographs and satisfying page layouts. It is not the place to find extensive information on individual plants, but works well to give an idea of this approach to gardening.
I think it is very good value, unless you are an expert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for small gardeners 5 Feb 2014
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excellent book for all those who have a small garden and need to use the space to the best effect
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