flower books (off topic)
Carolyn S. wrote:
>My son-in-law's incredibly beautiful wife, who is also my daughter, gave me
>Dictionary of Plant Names, botanical names and their common name equivalents,
>published by Timber Press. "Invaluable information abut botanical names,
>their contry of origiin, meaning and pronunciation", and "Interesting facts
>at your fingertips"
> It lists an incredibly large number of species (?) iris.
I had made out a wish list which consisted largely of plant books
and received two that I would recommend. One was also from Timber
Press, `Peonies' by Allan Rogers, that I wanted for some time.
It includes a section on landscaping with peonies and I see the
author of that section included irises which I do since peonies
and irises (Siberians, especially) bloom at about the same time.
At the Mass Medley, the peonies and Siberians were just breathtaking
in their bloom season at the Schafer/Sacks garden, especially.
The other book is `Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials',
by Ellen Phillips and C. Colston Burrell and published by Rodale's
Press in Emmaus, PA but distributed by St. Martin's Press. The
piece includes a *mission* statement by Rodale, "We publish books that
empower people's lives". (?)
So, I am ready and willing to be `empowered'. :-))
Meanwhile, this encylopedia (one volume) is chocked-full of neat
ideas about organic flower gardening and the handsome photos and
garden plans which are sorely needed here - I have been
sticking in plants or seeds where I had tilled land and it
looks it. Time for massive moving of plants.....and actually putting
something down on paper. Work not just fun. :-((
I think my husband thought I had `enough' books on irises (seven is
not many was my mantra on Christmas). I though my children would come
though with an iris book but no dice. :-(
Another gift is a bookcase (still in the works in our basement
for my flower book and bulletins, etc.
Actually, it is my gift to them - every table-top is covered with my
flower-stuff and the bookcases are overflowing with my `junk' as my
eldest son put it. They also think I need to be unplugged from my
various e-mail lists - they think I have a *problem* bordering on
addiction. I am going to cut down as a New Year's resolution to my