Friday, January 25, 2008
Yes I know it's the dead of winter. The wind is blowing, the snow is falling, and the books that come into the library are icy cold. It's enough to make a gal give up her shovel and hoe. However help for the garden addict is at hand. Along with the many garden catalogs that have started to arrive in our mailboxes, the library also has many books to inspire and appease your garden jones. Now is the time to plan and dream and unlike the catalogs-it's free. One of my all time favorite books to linger over during the winter is Tasha Tudor's Garden by Tovah Martin. The beautiful photography and the hope that one day if I'm very good, work hard and keep up spinal strength and strong knees I too might have this garden keeps me going back every time. Another book with wonderful pictures is Cox's Landscape with Roses. The Reader's Digest Country Garden by Charlie Ryrie and the Perennial Gardener's Design Primer are also full of ideas. If you are into herbs, a fun book to dip into is Phyllis Shaudy's Herbal Treasures. Lots of projects, planting ideas and recipes. If you really want to take a step back from reality, a fellow gardener suggested The Gardens of the National Trust. (Procrastinators and lazy gardeners need not apply) Here you will find pictures of the famous white garden at Hidcote and many of the lesser known gardens. Also that a huge mound of yew is called a tump. Who knew? A bluebell woods anyone?