In this cooler and sometimes gloomier weather, it’s nice to snuggle up next to the fire with a good book and a glass of your favorite beverage, is it not? For me it certainly is. Fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. As long as the read keeps me engaged and interested chapter after chapter, and maybe learn a thing or two, I’m there.
As you remain cosy in your home this winter season, as I am within my hibernation, I say we grab a book or two and get reading. Here are some of my favorites for the carefree gardener in your life, whether that’s you or a good friend or family member, you’ll be brimming with pleasure page after page.
Reading List for the Carefree Gardener:
Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens by Adrian Bloom – With hundreds of perennials and grasses available to gardeners, how can you know whether or not you’re making the right choice? Author Adrian Bloom shares his years of experience as a gardener into 250 reliable choices that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide year-round interest. Growth, care and design tips are shared for use in gardens of all sizes along with how to design and appropriately mix perennials and grasses with a mix of other supporting plants.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – A timeless classic, The Secret Garden is a poignant tale of Mary, a lonely orphaned girl sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor who is initially frightened by this gloomy place until she meets a local boy who’s earned the trust of the moor’s wild animals, an unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious and abandoned garden.
Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season by Tom Fischer – Every gardener wants to create breathtaking designs with colour, form, and texture. Perennial Companions takes away all the guesswork that combining perennials can present with author Tom Fischer’s top 100 proven choices. New gardeners will understand how to create simple pairings and experienced gardeners will find complex arrangements with four or more plants.
Garden Blessings: Prose, Poems and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening by June Cotner – Balancing classic and famous writers with lesser-known award-winning writers, author June Cotner uncovers many selections not found anywhere else. Ranging from childhood memories of planting and harvesting to celebrations of the changing seasons to contemplation on the joyful art of gardening, Garden Blessings is a moving collection of poems, prayers, and reflections that reminds us of what really matters — making and sharing memories.
The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season by Jennifer and Ron Kujawski – Knowing exactly when to start vegetable seeds indoors, transplant them into the ground and pick for peak flavor is the secret to enjoying bountiful harvests all through the season. Authors Ron and Jennifer Kujawski eliminate the guesswork with weekly to-do lists that break gardening down into easily manageable tasks suitable for all gardening zones.
Up In the Garden and Down In the Dirt by Kate Messner – Discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves and down in the dirt. Up in the garden, the world is full of green, but down in the dirt exists a busy world populated by all the animals that make a garden home.