Since I don’t have enough to do, I picked up a few titles at the library:
I love garden writing, and love discovering new authors to read. The book atop the pile, Writing the Garden by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, surveys a wide variety of garden authors, organizing them by approach (teachers, correspondents, philosophers, and so on). Allen Lacy came well recommended from multiple sources, so I picked up a few of his books, including some coauthored with Nancy Goodwin of Montrose. A Rock Garden in the South by Elizabeth Lawrence is in the pile–her writing is delightful, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s tailor-made for my area. Finally, I grabbed a fascinating book on bulbs by Janis Ruksans (how do I add those diacritical marks?) that describes his adventures, including some run-ins with the KGB, sourcing and growing bulbs from behind the iron curtain.
Wishing a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all my US-based friends—
Reading about gardening is almost as good as doing it — even better, sometimes. Good to see those library books with the 635 Dewey numbers (I work in a library). Happy Thanksgiving!
It is wonderful, isn’t it? You are right, it can be better than gardening itself–especially when it’s wet, cold, and muddy outside.
We had a great Thanksgiving; thank you. And congratulations on your novel’s printing. 🙂
I have Janis Ruskans’ s wonderful book, it is a delight. Some years ago he came to speak to my garden club and held us all mesmerised with his adventures and photos of the most amazing plants. I particularly remember his gorgeous hepaticas.
What a fascinating speaker he must be! How wonderful that you got a chance to hear him. His book so far is quite engaging.
I haven’t yet gotten to any of his writing on hepaticas, but I’ll be on the lookout. They are another plant I’ve never grown but find enchanting. I am not sure whether they will grow well in my climate.
🙂 I just started the Ruskans book last weekend and it’s an eye opener to be reminded of what an adventure new plants can be! What a difference from my point, click, and enter credit card info botanizing. We’re up to a foot of snow this morning and reading will again be on the schedule, Happy Thanksgiving to you to.
Hope you are staying warm and that you had a good Thanksgiving!