Quite some time ago I realised that I was not going to be able to stop buying gardening books.

So, to try and at least restrict the amount of purchases, I only buy certain categories. 

One of those is books by the late Graham Stuart Thomas. 

Yesterday I picked up a copy of his Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. 

It’s a whopper, running to nearly six hundred pages and weighing almost a kilo and a half, which is 3lb, 2oz in old money. 

Of course size isn’t always everything, but this is Graham Stuart Thomas we’re talking about added to which it was a bargain, coming in at about a pound a pound.