If you are looking for a garden book to keep you busy for awhile, this one may hit that target. It is a tome, and at over 1000 pages, it has information galore. In addition to the individual plant entries, it also includes a guide to using the book as well as some botany information that will make reading the book easier (as well as understanding the relationships between plants and how they grow). Color photographs are included throughout (though not for every single entry) and show either a close-up of the leaf, fruit, or blossom, or a full photo for larger plants like some trees. With over 15,000 entries, this book includes a really large number of the plants you might want to know about.
I have some holes in my gardens. Not so much in the dirt, but more in the passage of time through the seasons. Right off the bat in early spring I have some crocus, but then there’s a lag until the tulips come up, and then another lag until it gets consistently warm enough that most of the perennials start to actively grow and look sharp. This book ought to be quite helpful in filling in those gaps. I love that it lists plants in order of color, too, so I can focus on finding things that will complement the existing plants already in my gardens and go with my color schemes. I think this will be a good book to keep on hand as time goes by so I can look for ideas at the opportune times. Check out my post at CPL for more details.
This book is just lovely! It’s huge and heavy, but it’s worth it because there’s so much info inside. There are also some great patterns – I added a bunch to my queue already! See my post over at CPL for more.
I have thus far grown a number of herbs, but not done much with them. No more! This book has a ton of info on how to use them for a variety of purposes, and a lot of the ideas here are not even that complicated (read: even lazy me might be motivated to try them). Check out my post at CPL for more on this book.
I find this kind of book fun to flip through. I almost always find at least one thing to add to my wishlist. This time it’s Kale ‘Redbor’ – it’s gorgeous and I’ve been thinking that if I grow kale, I’d be more inclined to figure out how to prepare and eat it. Check out my post at CPL for more.