Crafting disaster aside, let’s get back to things I know how to do and love! Books! Books! Books! I love books…real, tangible, made-with-paper, hold-in-your-hands, turn-real-pages books. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to take a look at our libraries for winter entertainment and study.
There are gift lists galore right now and chances are you have wrapped up your shopping anyway. (pun intended) Maybe with all that spending you have enough credit card points to buy yourself something new, and you’re looking for a good book. So let’s have a virtual book swap…a swapping of book ideas. The topic is gardening or any related subject such as design or chicken keeping. (I think they are related topics. )
Book Swap… “ the practice of a swap of books between one person and another. Practiced among book groups, friends and colleagues at work, it provides an inexpensive way for people to exchange books, find out about new books and obtain a newbook to read without having to pay.” (Wikipedia)
Since our group is not physically together, this is a virtual book swap. Choose no more than five must-have books. These are the books that are deeply loved, tried and true, always dependable, go-to books. Share these books in the comments below. Then choose two books that you would like to dig into this winter. Share those in the comments below as well.
My Tried-and-True, Go-To Books
When I sit down to work on a garden design, these are the books I pull to either get me started with some good ideas or as reference for plants, etc.
Designer Plant Combinations by Scott Calhoun (Storey Publishing)
Proven Plants Southern Gardens by Erica Glasener (Cool Springs Press)
Landscaping with Stone by Jeanne Huber (Sunset Press)
Garden Structures, Ideas & How-To (Meredith Books, Better Homes and Gardens)
Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp (Timber Press)
My Books to Dig Into
I recently purchased these two books and plan to pour over them this winter.
Planting, A New Perspective by Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury
The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik
As I look back at this very short list, I know that there are so many good books out there. Perhaps yours is one of them! I’m pretty sure that I could never have enough books in my house. So please share and swap your best gardening book ideas!
Then light that fire, pour yourself a glass of wine, put your feet up and enjoy!