Bril­liant and Wild:

A Gar­den From Scratch in a Year

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening News - By Lucy Bel­lamy (Pim­per­nel Press, £20)

AL­THOUGH this is an ideal book for novice gar­den­ers, or own­ers of a new-build home who are start­ing a gar­den from rock bot­tom, there is plenty here for the more ex­pe­ri­enced who fancy a shake-up in their bor­ders.

Bril­liant and Wild is

bro­ken down into chap­ters on plants (with va­ri­eties di­vided into ‘spires’, ‘dots’, ‘flat­heads’ and so on), plant­ing, look­ing af­ter wildlife, gen­eral main­te­nance and keep­ing your plot look­ing good af­ter its first year.

You can read it chap­ter by chap­ter, or dip in when you fancy a read or if some­thing needs re­search­ing fur­ther.

The book is beau­ti­fully pho­tographed by Ja­son In­gram. My only quib­ble is, was it re­al­is­tic to pic­ture the author gar­den­ing while wear­ing a leatherette miniskirt and gold wedge san­dals?

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