Friday, 21 February 2014

Book Review and Giveaway. "The Cut Flower Patch" by Louise Curley

Bloggers are often asked to review items and when approached last week by Francis Lincoln, the publishers of  "The Cut Flower Patch" by Louise Curley I was happy to say yes as I have a weakness for gardening books of all kinds and know it's a subject that many of you are keen on.


You may know Louise from her Wellywoman blog or magazine articles.   She has a cutting patch on her allotment and her passion for growing seasonal, eco-friendly flowers and other plant material is clear. ( Read her post about the book Here )

The book covers all aspects of making your own cutting patch, from design and maintenance to useful tips on growing plenty of annuals, biennials, bulbs, foliage etc.  There's also advice on foraging material from the hedgerows and garden.  

 The section on arranging your flowers has heaps of inspiration for creating beautiful, simple displays through the year and there's a useful list of some favourite suppliers at the end.

I haven't managed to read all of the book yet.  It's the kind that you can dip into and refer to for useful information as well as flicking through for the beautiful images (by photographer Jason Ingram)

All in all, a lovely book, that anyone who wants to grow their own cut flowers will enjoy.  It would make a nice gift for newbie gardeners I think.

Here's a couple of pics to give you an idea.




Francis Lincoln have kindly offered a free copy of the book as a giveaway prize.  If you'd like a chance to win it just leave a comment and I'll draw the winner at random on Monday at 12.00  noon.
Good luck.


To order The Cut Flower Patch at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG101.

Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to:
LBS Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB.

Please quote the offer code APG101 and include your name and address details.

*UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.


31 comments:

  1. I have been reading Susan Branch's book journaling her 2012 visit to England. I am really enjoying it. Your country is so lovely. I am a huge Beatrix Potter fan, Jane Austen and collect English tea cups, etc.

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  2. It does look like a great book especially as I keep wanting to try and create a good cutting patch - I wonder why I always get to review books that don't appeal?

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  3. Ooo lovely looking book. Count me in for the giveaway! xx

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  4. What a gorgeous book!! Along side my love of quilting is my love of gardens.

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  5. It's already on my wish list, it looks a wonderful book. Could you please put me into the draw. If I don't win I shall buy it anyway when I am allowed to.

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  6. What a beautiful book, the photography looks amazing! :)
    V x

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  7. Oooh, what a lovely book. I would love to win :)

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  8. A cutting patch is something I should dearly love but I'm not sure if a) my fingers are quite green enough or b) my small town garden lends itself to accommodating one. I'd love the chance to win the book, it may be just what I need to get going. Thank youuuuu! Heather x

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  9. Yes please - I'd love to be entered for the giveaway. I really need something to get me motivated to get out into the garden again; far too much rain recently! I love your blog by the way - amazing garden, fantastic quilts and the sweetest dog.

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  10. That looks a lovely book.. I would love to have that amongst my gardening books so please enter me for the giveaway.. thank you :o)

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  11. Oooooh! What a beautiful book! Fingers crossed! x

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  12. I will be planning a new garden soon so it would be great to have this book. Please count me in. Thanks.

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  13. As a collector of gardening books and a lover of cut flower arrangements from own garden, I am sure this book will be mine in the future. In May we go to England again and I always return home with a pile of books.

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  14. Wow I would love this
    Karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  15. Oh for spring.... Book looks lovely - please include me in the chance to win it. Thanks

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  16. Lovely. I love spring. Kisses. Olga

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  17. What a lovely book and that is my weakness too. I've three on laybye at the moment and all on gardening and we're supposed to be managing on a pension these days. I also love flower arranging and growing what I can for that, as well as veg. Must make a note and look our for it. Thanks for posting about it and take care.

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  18. ooh what a beautiful book. I love flowers what ever the time of year, from the garden or the hedges

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  19. looks like a gorgeous book ♥

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  20. Hi Debbie, I am big proponent of growing your own cut flowers organically, because of all the pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers that are used in the commercial cut flower trade. So this book is right up my alley! I would be happy if you would include me in your drawing, if you accept people from overseas! Warm regards,
    Christina

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  21. How nice for you to get this book! It looks wonderful.

    Sigrun

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  22. Hi Debbie,
    It's always good to get your post in my mail box, the books looks lovely, very inspirational, the garden and the flowers are so my style. I looked at Louise's blog and it's very interesting so thank you for the link, I see that she too is creative in the needlework and crochet section so I will go back and read her blog soon. Enjoy your weekend, hopefully the sun is shining with you - it is here and I think it's going to be a nice day.

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  23. Hi - I would love to be included please. I already have what is supposed to be a cutting patch - but I struggle to cut the blooms and end up leaving them in situ! Thanks x

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  24. This might sound ridiculous, but my mother had a book somewhat similar (though less comprehensive) book to this one, and it was my favorite book as a child. There is something so soothing about colorful pages filled with beautiful flower arrangements. Now that I'm an adult and I can appreciate the written content as well as the pictures, it only adds to the appeal of it all.

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  25. What a beautiful book. The photos look amazing. Please enter me into the drawing.

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  26. Such a gorgeous book! Please put my name in the draw too!
    Helen xx

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  27. Terrific book I'd love a chance to win one!
    Pauline


    Pauline Perry
    perry94022@hotmail.com

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  28. Please can you enter me. It is such a lovely book. Elisabete

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  29. Comparto contigo una gran debilidad por las plantas, es un libro precioso al igual que tu blog, besos desde España

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  30. That looks a great book. Yes please I'd love to take part
    Patricia x

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  31. This book looks lovely, I'll buy it just because of the cover: Sweet Williams are my favorite flowers!

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