As I said on Tuesday, I'd never make a good journalist - I don't have the right sense of timing and probably not much of a nose for a good story. Take the above picture - see that lovely book on the left? I took the photo on April 3rd, read the book on April 4th and have planned to tell you all about it ever since. Not anymore, the lovely Emma T scooped me to the review today (click the link and then look in the Comments). Not only that, she's said pretty well all the things I wanted to say, only much better. So if you like gardening books, don't wait for me to review them here, hop on over to the Garden Monkey's Book Flange instead, add your views and put even more of them on your must read list!
But it's even worse than that. NAH was up north a few weeks ago and frantically phoned me one morning to tell me the National Trust's garden survey project I'm volunteering on was being featured on Breakfast News and Radio 4. Sure enough, Killerton was awash with people busily recording plants, photographing them and trying to look like they knew what to do with GPS equipment. The Head Gardener gave an eloquent summary of why the garden survey's important - the Trust only has 5% of its plants documented at the moment, lots of them are of historical interest (e.g. collected by famous plant hunters), many of them are rare etc. Did I race to my blog and tell you about it then? No. Did I race to my blog to tell you when Landscape Juice did a really good feature about it on his blog a couple of days later? No - I just left a very limp comment on there instead. Did I tell you about it the week after when I went into Heelis to find the Parks & Gardens Team were inundated with enquiries from around the world? Did I heck as like. No, I'd earmarked National Volunteer Week i.e. this one to tell you about it and that's where it's stayed. So I'm telling you about it now - when the story's stone cold dead.
Exit VP, hanging her head in shame.
Update: Oops, I'd temporarily forgotten that GM outscooped us all with a review in March, just as the book came out. So I've delved deep into the archive to bring you this link.