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.
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