As I mentioned last Sunday I’ve just read Of Rhubarb and Roses – The Telegraph Book of the Garden edited by Tim Richardson.
This 450 page, slightly smaller than A4 size book is an anthology of gardening articles that have appeared in that newspaper over past years. They cover a fascinating range of subjects as diverse as How to dig by Fred Whitsey from 1981, through Topiary masterclass by Roy Strong which is undated to Secrets of the magic mollusc by Germaine Greer in 2012.
Unfortunately the articles are not listed and the two content pages only show the 18 sections that they’ve been divided into, which isn’t very helpful when looking for a specific article.
One other minor criticism is that the back outer dust cover shows a black and white photo of two young children carrying large celery stems but there is no caption giving any details about this delightful picture.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which I’m sure I will take off the shelf fairly often to reread some the articles. It is, as the dust cover blurb says, the perfect book for an afternoon’s reading in a deckchair as the shadows lengthen across a newly mown lawn.
At £25 it may seem slightly expensive, especially as it has no drawings or pictures, but it’s a book that I would certainly have considered buying for myself had I not won a copy.
As to the title of this post they’re the last few words from the article Get cracking by Ursula Buchan in 2003 – then I will be proud to say that I am completely nutty.
Have a good weekend!