Lyndsay Meager &
THE authors - residents
of Waiheke Island - have put together a clear, entertaining handbook
focusing, in the main, on the weeds that mar their Hauraki Gulf
As their introduction
says, most weeds are plants that are easy to love a first sight.
and most gardeners have proudly cultivated new plants that later
turned out to be pests.
Sections detail various
"families" of weeds: vines and climbers, grasses, groundcovers and
perennials; shrubs and trees and so on. Each species is marked clearly
with a tick or a cross, leaving the reader in no doubt whether it's
friend or foe.
While the book's focus
is firmly Waiheke Island, there is much that will apply and appeal
to gardeners (and "non-gardeners") elsewhere.
Notes from a Non-gardener's
Diary can be obtained from the Hauraki Branch, Royal Forest
and Bird Protection Society, PO Box 314, Ostend, Waiheke Island.
Gardener, Issue 135, 2003, Page 32
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH