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URSULA Buchan is a well-known
British gardening journalist, who writes columns for The Spectator,
Independent, the Daily Telegraph and Observer
newspapers, among others. This book is her second anthology
of columns, and follows Good in a Bed.
Both books take their
names from a famously quoted reference to a tea rose named after
Lady Hillingdon in 1917 (Hillingdon is otherwise known for revealing
in her diary that, "when visited at night by her husband, she would
lie back and think of England".) Her namesake rose was subsequently
described in a nurseryman's catalogue as "good in a bed, but better
against a wall."
The title of the book
hints at Ursula Buchan's wit, and certainly, it's a delightful read.
Don't let the hefty price tag put you off, because it's filled with
wry observations about gardens, plants and gardeners. An excellent
read - keep it by your bedside to dip into when insomnia strikes.
Gardener, Issue 133, 2003, Page 31
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH