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It is a family joke that my parents, especially my father, loved to dome shrubs when he was pruning.  I often despaired as to me the beauty of many shrubs is their ranging wide-spread form. Over the last few days I have been seeking solace in Christopher Lloyd’s The Adventurous Gardener and reading bits of mum which amuse me.  The passage entitled ‘Some Reactions to Cutting Back’ made her chuckle too.  In… Read More

I received my copy of Dear Christo from Timberpress to review with mixed feelings.  I discovered Christopher Lloyd just 18 months to 2 years before he died and have accumulated a number of his books which I found a breath of fresh air.  I looked forward to the biography of Christopher Lloyd by Stephen Anderton but I was a little disappointed.  The book certainly gave you a good record of Christopher’s upbringing… Read More

We have been invited by VP to hold a gardening dinner party and to share with her and our fellow bloggers who we would invite and why.  So here is my guest list: My first guest would be Daisy, Countess of Warwick. I first read about her when I read Virgins, Weeders and Queens .  She was one of a number of influential women in gardening history that I would love to have met…. Read More

Colour in the garden – what a challenge!  I have been a fan of Christopher Lloyd for a few years now and my copy of Colour for adventurous gardeners is well thumbed  However, getting it right isn’t that easy and what is right anyway?!  As Chistopher says in his introduction many gardeners worry about colour and about getting it right so it is easier to go for something harmonious and be seen… Read More