A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

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Macmillan, Apr 20, 2005 - Gardening - 144 pages
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"An engaging mix of the serious and the playful, and Fenton writes with a lightness of touch perfectly suited to the subject." --Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary Supplement

Forget structure. Forget trees, shrubs, and perennials. As James Fenton writes, "This is not a book about huge projects. It is about thinking your way toward the essential flower garden, by the most traditional of routes: planting some seeds and seeing how they grow."

In this light hearted, instructive, original "game of lists," Fenton selects one hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. Flowers for color, size, and exotic interest; herbs and meadow flowers; climbing vines, tropical species--Fenton describes readily available varieties, and tells how to acquire and grow them.

Here is a happy, stylish, unpretentious, and thought-provoking gardening book that will beguile and inspire both novice and expert alike.

  

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User Review  - Ursulawt Willaredt - Goodreads

Beautifully written, great ideas for a flower garden - if one only had time. Love the book, though. Read full review

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He goes on to define a flower garden and various logistical and practical issues of growing a flower garden. He makes suggestions and gives helpful hints about starting a basic flower garden. Finally ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Flowers and Their Colors
14
Flowers for Their Size
27
Flowers That Hop Around
31
Flowers for Cutting
41
The Perennial Prejudice
47
Useful and Decorative Herbs
55
The MicroMeadow
70
The Poppy Festival
79
g Climbers on Impulse
83
For the Tropical Look
91
As an Afterthought
99
The Rest of the Kit
109
When Raising Plants from Seed The Seed List
123
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

James Fenton is a poet, critic, and gardener. From 1994 to 1999 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, where he has created a noted garden. He writes about poetry, art history, and gardening for the New York Review of Books.

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