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The Hollyberry Lady 03-13-2011 04:58 PM

What Garden BOOKS do You Like ???
Here's one of my personal favorites...

Back cover...

You can tell it's been well used by how dirty it is! :ha:

It covers an array of topics and if you blow these next pictures up you can read the table of contents...

Here's another book I enjoy...

What are your favorite garden books?

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Jananas Bananas 03-13-2011 09:45 PM

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This may take a while for me. I have them all over the house. :ha: Here's a couple that were actually in the bookcase where they are supposed to be!


The Hollyberry Lady 03-13-2011 11:26 PM

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I get a lot of really expensive garden books on clearance at the end of the season for dirt cheap. These Miracle Grow books are a perfect example. Initially they wanted 25 bucks each for them, not including tax! :eek:

On clearance at the end of the season, I picked them up for 5 bucks each! :D

They are all excellent and contain very current methods & ways of doing things. Many of the popular plants people are growing nowadays are featured in all three...

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The Hollyberry Lady 03-14-2011 12:32 PM

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This is another amazing garden book. It's a Bay book and it has every plant you can imagine in it...

It's around 3 inches thick and it's super heavy...

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Richard 03-14-2011 01:27 PM

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  1. Plant Propagation, A. Toogood. ISBN 078945520X.
  2. Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete A-Z Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits January 2010 edition ISBN 0376039183.
  3. How To Prune Fruit Trees, R.S. Martin. ISBN 0963574809.
  4. Cornucopia II - A Source Book Of Edible Plants, Stephen Facciola. ISBN 0962808725.
  5. The 64 Dollar Tomato, W. Alexander. ISBN 1565125576.

The Hollyberry Lady 03-14-2011 04:40 PM

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This one is super colorful with lots of great pictures and information, by Lance Hattatt...

This next book is incredible for gardening indoors, including under HID light systems as well as hydroponics. It's just loaded with fantastic information...

A must read for indoor veggie and fruit growers, under lights or in windows as well.

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Jananas Bananas 03-14-2011 06:01 PM

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Here's my bathroom stash! :ha:


The Hollyberry Lady 03-14-2011 06:19 PM

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Too funny! I have a bathroom stash too...those are the ones I never lend out! :ha:

My mom bought me this wonderful garden book written by two gardening women friends who are older and in not so good health...the book is a collection of their gardening letters to each other throughout the years and they offer healing and hope through horticulture. It's one of the best garden books I've read and there's many unique tips and ideas in their letters.

A truly wonderful book...

Written by Diane Sims & Marla Fletcher.

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Jananas Bananas 03-14-2011 08:38 PM

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That is very sweet.

Here's a couple more:

This doesn't look like it, but a lot of it is about healing through herbs and plants.


The Hollyberry Lady 03-14-2011 08:50 PM

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It really is a great book and the letters they write to each other are so interesting and uplifting...but all about gardening. I'll copy a good one to show you, sometime soon.

In the meantime though, here's another good garden read...

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The Hollyberry Lady 03-14-2011 11:07 PM

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Here's one of the garden letters from the "Solace" book.

Too interesting not to read...

They were two women struggling with loss of loved ones through death and also dealing with bad turns in their health...but they kept writing to each other, finding solace in their gardens and letters.

Each letter would focus on different plants and they would include information they found out about the plants...including lore. I found it to be one interesting and captivating book that I couldn't put down.

Here's an example of just a single letter contained within. Too special & beautiful not to share...

Dear Anne:

Your lemon balm has comfortably edged its way into my life: I searched my old perennial garden and found a struggling shrub tucked under a pink rosebush amidst some shasta daisies and bee balm. And lemon balm is one of the cooling ingredients in the face tonic you sent me. Here, in return, is a flower you and I both love - the cornflower.

"When we look into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower".

As I work through my pain, the simple blue Centaurea montana embodies that thought from renowned thinker and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh. Annie, I don't wish this physical or emotional pain on anyone, but it has shaped much of who I am. I have to focus on today, as tomorrow seems overwhelming.

With your help, I am learning day by day about my garden, including these happy cornflowers. Now here's what I've discovered...

These sentinel perennials acquired their generic name from Chiron, the wise and gentle centaur accidently wounded by Hercules' poisonous arrows. In Greek mythology these stately garden guards helped treat the wounded centaur. Alas, the immortal Chiron suffered sorely. Prometheus looked kindly on Chiron and took on his mantle of immortality, thereby allowing the centaur to die. Then, in 288 B.C., a Greek philosopher identified the wild knapweed as a Centaurea, and that name took root, notes Laura C. Martin in Wildflower Folklore.

There's an equally sad story associated with another member of the Centaurea family. This deep-blue wildflower is apparently named for Cyanus, a young woman who made floral garlands for festivals in Roman times. The woman was devoted to Flora, the goddess of flowers. When Flora found her friend dead in a field one day, she transformed her into a cornflower in heartfelt tribute.

The popular "coneflower" moniker comes from England, where the plant were abundant in grain fields. Then, the English Victorians associated the cornflower with purity & delicacy.

In our part of the country, the three-foot stalks of Centaurea send up long, silvery leaves in early June. Their thin petals barel hint at the telltale blue disks that will open by July. It is that sky-blue hue that captures the essence of the cosmos in Thich Nhat Hanh's quote. But pink and white varieties also exist.

These fringed flowers enjoy my dry, sunny garden and make grand companions for poppies, day lilies and irises. As well, there's a showier type called bachelor's button that does well from May-sown seeds. (I have not tried these).

The Centaurea is easy to grow and flowers throughout the summer, with long-lasting blooms. It will stay fresh for quite a while when cut, and the bud resembles a button. According to Wildflower Folklore, it thus became known as bachelor's button - a handsome boutonniere. Cutting back after the first flowering will usually bring new blooms in fall, a bonus!

When I see the cornflower's feathery fingers reaching upward, my soul stirs with hope - for I know that next year these faithful pompons will again grace my garden. :D


I loved this letter because I grew these flowers (Centaurea Cyanus), as well...

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Richard 03-15-2011 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Jananas Bananas (Post 156537)
... This doesn't look like it, but a lot of it is about healing through herbs and plants. (New Choices In Natural Healing, ed. B. Gottlieb).

Here's a more factual book on the subject:
Herbs Demystified, H. Phanauf. ISBN 1569244081.

The Hollyberry Lady 03-15-2011 12:58 PM

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This is another great big heavy hardcover garden book, for people who like factual, but not boring. It really simplifies things...

by Betty Barr Mackey. ;)

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Blake09 03-24-2011 04:18 PM

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saltydad 03-24-2011 06:17 PM

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saltydad 03-24-2011 06:27 PM

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This is the journal of the Southeastern Palm Society, a fantastic magazine and an organization I recommend highly to join.
Southeastern Palm Society

saltydad 03-24-2011 06:32 PM

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Another fine magazine-Fine Gardening

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