As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
The subtitle is A Hands-On Primer for Every Season. This book just came out in April of this year and it's one of my favorites. The pictures are to-die-for. If this book doesn't make you want to garden, I don't know what will.
I also wanted to read a little excerpt that I found extremely timely. What I love about Margaret is that she is so real about what it's like to garden:
"Mad Stash: Overwintering Tender Plants
I am asked two questions over and over again by visitors: "Where did you get that plant?" and "Where do you put all those big pots of tender things in winter?" My reply to the second part begins with a question: Are you ready for an adventure?
Unless you operate a climate-controlled greenhouse - and even then, if the power fails - matching non-hardy plants to the possibilities of our domestic winter environment, especially in a northern location, is indeed an exploration.
I have been experimenting for years with stashing tender plants in the cellar, garage, house, mudroom – wherever I can – to try to turn each purchase into an investment plant. Before I go attempting any real heroics, though... I ask if there’s a way to carry over a piece of each instead, as seeds or by taking late summer cuttings and say Coleus or Pelargonium and rooting them - or simply by digging up tubers or bulbs and stashing those?"
SI HORTUM IN HORTORUM PODCASTUM IN BIBLIOTEHCA HABES, NIHIL DEERIT.