Welcome to the May 2008 virtual meeting for the Garden Blogger’s Book Club.For April and May the book selection was Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence, edited by Ann L. Armstrong and Lindie Wilson. The alternate selection was any book written by Lawrence.Is there any passtionate gardener or garden blogger who hasn’t heard of Elizabeth Lawrence? On the website dedicated to her, you can read a brief biography, see a layout of her gardens in Charlotte, … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Book Club May 2008 Virtual Meeting
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What I like about the writings of Elizabeth Lawrence is that I can pick up one of her books like Beautiful at All Seasons edited by Ann L. Armstrong and Lindie Wilson and start reading anywhere and find myself nodding my head in agreement.For example…On ground cover, Lawrence wrote, “There are two difficulties with ground covers: first to get them to grow, and then to get them not to… Once established the ground cover begins to travel, and then it may travel too far. A plant that is hard to keep … [Read more...] about Ground Cover and Elizabeth Lawrence
What would happen if you left your garden alone to care for itself? I've been reading and pondering more of the writings of Elizabeth Lawrence, and in a 1965 column in the Charlotte Observer, she wrote,"My garden is planned to take care of itself and every year I try to see that it makes fewer demands, but fall planting must be done regularly if there is to be any real show in the spring."I wholeheartedly agree that fall planting makes for a great show in the spring, but I'm still thinking about … [Read more...] about What If Your Garden Took Care Of Itself
Oxalis adenophyllaHave you ever run out of room for new plants in your garden? Or have you just not had the kind of location the plant really needed? I suspect it is a common problem amongst gardeners.Elizabeth Lawrence wrote in an August 18, 1957 column for the Charlotte Observer...“This year I indulged in a bulb of the celebrated N. ‘Kings Court’, which is considered the best yellow trumpet for exhibitions. I had been watching it since 1948, when it was fifteen dollars, and for the first time … [Read more...] about Are You Running Out Of Room in Your Garden?
How many of us can just “be” in our gardens?When was the last time you sat down and relaxed in your garden and just enjoyed it, without making a mental list of all the pruning, watering, and planting you were going to do as soon as you got up from your chair or bench?Elizabeth Lawrence wrote in a January 1, 1961 column in the Charlotte Observer, “… I added a new resolution to the old promises to get behind my garden sins; the new one is to take time to enjoy my garden. It has been a long time … [Read more...] about Be: A Challenge
Welcome once again to the virtual meeting of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club! Settle in to your easy chair with your favorite beverage and snacks close by and join me in reading the reviews and blog posts for the the February – March selection, Second Nature: A Gardeners’ Education by Michael Pollan.I will readily admit, as the “hostess” of this book club, that I had not read any of Pollan’s books before and so thought a good place to start reading them was with this book, since it was his first … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Book Club March Virtual Meeting