on 10 March 2014
This is a very valuable addition to the literature on choosing and growing bulbs in the UK. It is packed with useful information on the types of environment that each species needs to perform well, written by an acknowledged expert in her field. Christine Skelmersdale's long experience of growing and selling bulbs is written up clearly, concisely and very helpfully. The book deals with rarer as well as commonly grown bulbs. The author generously shares her expert knowledge for anyone who is interested in growing bulbs, whether the common and garden type or the more rarified difficult types.
The book is structured by seasons, making it easy to choose the right bulb to flower at the time required. Cyclamen for excample pop up in all four different sections of the book, as species are differentiated by flowering time. In this the book differs fundamnetally from Anna Pavord's book Bulb, which is structured alphabetically by genus. This makes them into useful companion books.
My only criticism of this book is that the genus Arisaema is missing altogther. Whilst few people may grown them, and many that try fail, it is an increasingly popular genus, and I would have liked to know more about growing them successfully.