July 31, 2012
July 25, 2012
I just assumed they’d be here for the birds perched on their branches, ready to swoop down for bird seed at the feeders below. I figured the squirrels would always have Hickory nuts to store away for the winter.
Buds that form in summer and fall open in an artful dance during springtime—celebrating new life in a particularly inspiring display.
But thank goodness it finally rained.
July 20, 2012
But when it comes to garden books, "reading" is a relative term. I do a lot of scanning, and I usually (being a visual learner) reach for garden books with colorful photos—books that help me identify plants or "show" me how to perform various garden tasks.
I'm also a sucker for just about any Dorling Kindersley publication. DK is adept at "showing" readers how to "do" things.
In addition to the stunning photos of creative floral combinations and unique color palettes, "Flowers for the Home," introduces unique ideas for floral arrangements—such as using Watermelons for vases, displaying flowers under water, and tying Magnolia leaves together for a wreath.
Not only does the book encourage whimsy and creativity, it also shows us—using detailed and diagrammed instructions—how to create the stunning displays.
There are sections on floral tools and equipment, containers, picking and conditioning flowers, and preserving and drying.
But my favorite part of the book is leafing through it to spark creativity.
Amazon has a limited quantity of "Flowers for the Home." But I also found it on Google Books, eBay, and various online sellers. Then again, just about any book carrying the names "Malcolmb Hillier" or "Dorling Kindersley" is bound to be worth the investment.
Thanks to Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys for hosting Garden Book Reviews on the 20th of each month.
Oh, and check out Malcolm Hillier's photo gallery for photographic inspiration—stunning stuff!
(For those of you who write or plan to write book reviews, I found this information about fair use, which defines copyright law—at least in the U.S.—as it relates to reproducing book images and writing book reviews. Frankly, if I wrote a book and someone copied parts of it for an online review, I'd be thrilled about the exposure. Various book authors seem to concur.)
July 17, 2012
July 15, 2012
Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart is still blooming! It must enjoy the heat, as long as it's kept hydrated.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've barely watered the Cotoneater and it looks great. It's starting to set fruit, which will turn red later in the season.
I don't know what's prettier on the Cosmos plants—the flowers or the wiry, delicate foliage.
These Mums looked horrible a few days ago, but with water they perked right up.
Lamiums are tough. They simply need a light watering from time to time.
Sedum, a succulent, can withstand a bit of drought. But it sure looks lovely with drops of moisture dotting its foliage.
The foliage of Solomon's Seal overlapping a stubbornly surviving Fern creates a pleasant contrast of textures.
And one of my favorite foliage examples—the Lupine. Its flowers are long-gone, but it still continues to please with water drops collecting strategically on its face.