Book reviews

Lilactree Farm Garden Notes, No. 2, 2017: Lily Beetles, Weatherland, and A Very Early Spring

– Posted in: Book reviews, Lilactree Farm, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

"Most discussions of lily beetles are a little helpful and considerably depressing. Many gardeners have abandoned growing lilies because the battle against the beetles is time- consuming and messy. But may I suggest that if (a) you have lots of free time (as I do) and (b) are willing to get some blood on your hands (as I am) that all is not lost. Many hundreds of lilies grow here so you will understand that we have a major interest in this problem. Here are some suggestions." Tips and a book review from guest contributor Brian Bixley.

Garden Gifts to Hint For

– Posted in: Book reviews, Things I Love

I'm not going to pretend that you have a dozen gardeners in your life that you need to get gifts for. We all know these "gift guides" are to help your non-gardening loved ones know what to get you, and since they're not gardeners they're not reading this blog, are they? So you need to [...]

Digging Deep: Book Review and Giveaway

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I planted my first garden by the book. Actually, I consulted several books, obsessing over plant heights, color palettes, bloom times and more over the winter as I designed and redesigned my garden on paper. I wanted to do it "right": prepare the soil right, choose the plants right, arrange them right, plant them right, [...]

Good Berry, Bad Berry: Book Review

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My family picks wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. We pick what we know and leave everything else alone. I've always suspected there were more edible berries out there than we know about, so when I was asked to review Good Berry Bad Berry: Who's Edible, Who's Toxic, and How to Tell the Difference [...]

Gardening Books To Give Or Get

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Henry Nicholson Ellacombe believed that every great gardener reads a lot of gardening books: I have always found that a lover of gardens and flowers is also more or less a lover and reader of books. … and the more they love their gardens and their flowers the more they wish to read about them; [...]

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Native/Invasive

I picked up Roy Diblik's The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden from the library shelf because I knew the author supplied the plants for the Lurie Garden in Chicago, working closely with designer Piet Oudolf, and I wanted to learn more about the naturalistic style of gardening that both of these men espouse. Yes, there is [...]

Daffodil: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Narcissus

I've got daffodils on my mind. Daffodils and snowdrops. As another several inches of snow fall from the sky, and the temperature once again plummets below zero (Fahrenheit), my craving for spring grows ever stronger, and every night before getting ready for bed, I go to my happy place, the springtime of the mind. One [...]