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A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed Paperback – March 31, 2005
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This book is obviously not a treatise on growing flowers. You'll need to refer to other books unless you have a lot of experience. (I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this information until I'm told that Mr. Fenton has a fulltime gardener.) Additionally, there are no color photographs here of the various varieties. Mr. Fenton's list is highly subjective. He tells us why he eliminates some flowers and includes others; there are no cottage pinks, for example, because they all have been either bought or given to him as plants.
What I was hoping for in this book I didn't find-- that the writer might somehow tie up poetry and flowers. He certainly didn't have to, but he does make interesting asides on occasion. He opines that one can tell from his photographs that Robert Mapplethorpe "loved flowers" but that we wouldn't have expected him to like plants. And in discussing false bishop's weed, Mr. Fenton intimates that all bishops are false!
You have to tip your hat to a poet who gardens. This little book would make an ideal and unusual gift for your favorite gardener.
I enjoyed the personal approach to gardening and plants, and also the relaxed random-ness of it. The snobbery of design and planning, of garden bones and vistas, does not hold this writer in thrall. He knows and loves plants, and he wrote these essays about them.
In truth there isn?t much substance here, but it makes a pleasing, quick read, and the book would make a nice little gift for a friend.
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This isn't a bad book, I just don't know who on earth this was written for.
It's not for a real gardener. I am a real gardener and I got absolutely nothing from this. Read more
A small treasure of information and fresh ideas. This author tosses plant snobbery out the window and selects 100 varieties, mostly annuals, which are easily grown from seed, he... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by RM McGee