Book Review—A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

I liked this book.  Did it make me want to don a 50 pound pack and disappear into the wilderness for three months?  No.  Did it make me want to sit down with a can of cream soda and read about the wilderness?  Yes.  Actually, what I really want to do after completing this story is just what the title says, go for a walk … Continue reading Book Review—A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Book Review—Enchanted April

This book was written in 1922 by Elizabeth Von Arnim yet it is still timeless in the description of people and plants.  I imagine that in any book I read I can find a plant reference.  I’m going to try, of course.  I enjoyed reading this tale of women, a medieval Italian castle, wisteria and solitude.  After finishing it I was swept up into a … Continue reading Book Review—Enchanted April

Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Yes, this is a fantasy novel.  Yes, this is a plant blog.  Yes, I will find a place where the two coincide to satisfy my love for a good story and my appreciation for plants.  Right on page 425 our hero Kvothe is comparing the elusive Denna to a flower, as she is tired of receiving  perfect red roses from her suitors, and wants to … Continue reading Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Book Review—Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde

On the first page this book makes the questionable claim “these pages will teach you all you need to know to start your rose garden right”.   All I need to know?  All I ever need to know?  All that is absolutely necessary to grow roses?  It seems unbelievable, yet after reading this book, it may be true.  At least I feel prepared with the … Continue reading Book Review—Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde

Book Review: Plant This! by Ketzel Levine

Reading Plant This!  Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens is like hanging out with an old friend. You talk about your favorite subject (plants!) but there’s also talk of history, poetry, people and places.  There’s weather talk, humor and music (I enjoyed singing ‘Garrya Indiana’).  Small in size, this book is only 6 1/2 by 8 inches.  Easy to tote around, tuck into a bag … Continue reading Book Review: Plant This! by Ketzel Levine