A Book for Garden Lovers

I haven’t written in awhile, because we have been spending a lot of time outdoors!

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We have had capricious weather this Spring in the Finger Lakes region – and have had to cover our plants numerous times to protect them from hail, wind and late frost.  Nevertheless, we have been toiling away on our gardens for the past month, with the aid of inspiration from some lovely gardening books which are available to inspire you as well.

Here’s what we accomplished:

We planted a new hedge…

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…renovated our perennial gardens, which had become quite thick and needed dividing, digging and mulching…

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We found a Rabbit’s nest while we were digging and weeding.  Can you see the baby bunny in the photo below?

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Don’t worry — we only disturbed them to take a photo.  They are all safe and happy in their park-like grounds!

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We planted greens, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant in our kitchen garden, alongside our perennial herbs such as sage, mint, creeping thyme and chives.

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And here’s the lovely book on garden design which I must share with you, because I found it inspiring.  It is one of the more beautiful and useful books on garden style, with real practical information and attainable ideas, always taking into account the texture, foliage and pattern of the garden.

On Garden Style, by Bunny Williams with Nancy Drew (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998)

On Garden Style, by Bunny Williams with Nancy Drew (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998)

It shows you how to make something beautiful out of what you have been given.   And it makes you want to plant trees!

Photo of birch-lined pathway, from "On Garden Style"

Photo of birch-lined pathway, from “On Garden Style”

A kitchen garden, from "On Garden Style"

A kitchen garden, from “On Garden Style”

Old louvered doors and columns screen a parking area from the garden

Old louvered doors and columns screen a parking area from the garden

You can view all of our available books on gardening HERE.

 I hope you are having a happy Spring, and that your weather is warm and beautiful for Memorial Day.  Check back with us soon – as we are planning our next book scouting adventure, and we want you to come along and enjoy it with us!

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