on 22 August 2013
A different slant on weeds, should you remove, and if so how; or do you leave? Written with depth of knowledge and experience. The book itself is a pleasure to hold, feel and read, nice layout with good illustrations.
on 3 July 2015
A very interesting book if you need to know your enemy when it comes to gardening.
It takes you through the evolution of weeds in Darwinian fashion but also explains how to rid your garden of them. If you have weeds in your garden that are referred to as brutes, be afraid.... very, very afraid.
Will be using this many, many times in the future and it's so handy to know the names of the arch enemies that I spend half my life battling with.
on 4 October 2015
Brilliant... I read this cover to cover, which is not something I expected from what is essentially a serious botanical work. Edmonds tells a great story about Darwin's ideas and his observations in and around his garden at Down House in Kent, told through a discussion of 100 weeds that take the reader through the "tree of life" from primitive algae, ferns and horsetails to the most highly evolved flowering species. I found the chapter on weeding much less interesting than the rest, but the rest is superb. This is not an weed identification book, but one likely to expand your knowledge of plants in general.