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Interesting but needs an editor
on 13 December 2015
The topic is interesting for a non botanist. The reason for not a higher rating is because of the writing style. At times it is like the author is trying to show off with all the knowledge he has. Even though it is not directly related to the title, or it can also some minor detail, irrelevant for the main theme.
At one point I wondered if the author is a scientist. On page 156 he makes the point that how cherry trees know when to blossom is because of the winter chill. There is a day in the spring and another day in the autumn that has the same day length. The reason the tree will not bloom in the autumn is because the tree "remembers" the winter chill. That may be so, but it is stupid not to factor in the tree sensing the gradient of each day has more and more ( or less) sunlight. To think that the only thing that matters is that the tree is looking for a day with a precise day length to bloom is the thought of an enlightened child, not a scientist.