Book Review—Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

I first heard about this book when a friend told me I had to read Gaia’s garden!  She said the garden layout and design described were unlike anything she had ever heard of before, and she loved it!  After several other endorsements from friends,  I bought a copy and have thoroughly enjoyed it.  This book shows us how to take all those fragmented parts of … Continue reading Book Review—Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

Encore Azalea Autumn Moonlight

This beautiful azalea, Autumn Moonlight is going into it’s autumn blooming stage and it’s amazing.  Watching plants like this Encore Azalea that repeat blooms and the Bloomerang repeat blooming lilac, I wonder.  As we manipulate and change these plants, is there a consequence?  Do we give up hardiness or a sweet beautiful scent for a profusion of flowers?  Why do we need so much more, … Continue reading Encore Azalea Autumn Moonlight

Book Review—When Perennials Bloom by Tomasz Anisko

In this book I finally found an answer to my question ‘Why do some trees bloom so early?’  Early spring is a hard time, when the wind and the snow keep trying to disturb those beautiful spring flowers.  In When Perennials Bloom—An Almanac For Planning and Planting (2008),  Tomasz Anisko states “Blooming may be timed so the flowers are more visible to the pollinators.  In forests, … Continue reading Book Review—When Perennials Bloom by Tomasz Anisko

Book Review—Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

“A tree sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed stops the heart; a shrub causes intolerable pain; a vine intoxicates; a leaf triggers a war.  Within the plant kingdom lurk unfathomable evils.”  And so begins this tidy little book about our dangerous green world.  I never realized there were quite so many wicked and wild plants.  I thought most of the plants around me were … Continue reading Book Review—Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart