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I don't recommend this if you are looking for useful accurate information
on 23 June 2016
I'm sorry if this offends Geoff Hamilton fans, but this book is a waste of time!
It has some nice pictures of suitably messy cottage gardens, which is a great comfort to me as they look just like mine! However, the information is either actually wrong (calling Artemesia Powys Castle "Southernwood", which it is not) or missing (Lists of old and new apple varieties omitting Cox's Orange Pippin!) or simply too sparse to be of any real use. I don't like the way he sets the information about the various plants out: they aren't set out clearly in paragraphs clearly separated from each other (although there is an index), and there is too much necessary information about the plants he has missed. I also don't like the way most of the photos have a key to tell you which plants you are looking at, but some of the photos don't have a key or miss out some of the plants which I'd like to know about.
This book is typical of those produced by famous gardeners who sell the book purely on their name, rather than thorough research and exact detail.
Sorry Geoff - but the pictures are nice