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Only two of the principals, the author's father and mother, Clive and Vanessa Bell, are given anything like a full potted biography; and the last third of the book runs to seed among minor figures such as Ethel Smyth, Lawrence Gowing and Anthony Blunt who are only tangentially Bloomsbury at all, and belong properly, as the author admits.
Basil and chervil stay neat and compact, but coriander becomes rather leggy and soon runs to seed, so it is important to keep picking its leaves before flower heads form.
The one problem is that it runs to seed quickly in summer, with the leaves becoming tough and coarse, so to keep up the supply, wait until one crop is showing a couple of leaves and sow a few more.