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Inspiring and realistic at the same time,
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This review is from: The Ivington Diaries (Hardcover)
Purchased a couple of copies of this to give as presents (including to my wife, so I read her copy). A nicely produced book in hardback, on quality cream paper and with plenty of artistic colour photos throughout. In diary format, but with entries from several years for each month (so covers both the creation of the garden and its subsequent development through to maturity).
Very easy to dip in and out of, with lots of advice and inspiration for anyone creating or developing a garden embedded in the entries. This is not, however, a traditional gardening manual/book; while the advice and inspiration is there to be found, this is a book to read on evenings and days when the weather is not suitable to be out in the garden. One of the people I gifted the book to commented that Monty's prose is rather florid - not a view I subscribe to - but if you a looking for a straight-talking manual this isn't it.
This is also very much about one family's relationship with their land and garden and how that relationship develops with the seasons and the years - quite personal - and as such why I titled this review as both "inspiring and realistic". We see a number of highs and lows through Monty's diary entries.
Would commend this to anyone looking for an inspiring *narrative* about gardens and gardening to dip in and out of. Also recommended for anyone with a good size plot, looking to create a garden from scratch. As I've commented above this is neither a how-to nor a garden design manual, but could be an interesting adjunct to either.