Tuesday, March 11, 2008


With the arrival of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, Spring seems to be here. The camellias are almost finished and the early bulbs are past their peak. In town the azaleas are opening and the red buds are glorious. In the country, the rich, deep red of the maples stands out against the foam green of the other budding hardwoods. Combine all that with warm, sunny days, spring showers and most of us have only one thought: time to plant!

Of course, the library has plenty of books and other resources to help make this year's garden the best ever.

I recently wrote about Sara Susanka's "Not So Big House" books. The latest in the series is Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home by Julie Moir Messervy and Sara Susanka. This book amplifies the importance of the landscape to the Not So Big philosophy. The book is filled with beautiful photos and ideas to make the most of any location. 712.6 M

I believe we should spend most of our time in the garden relaxing rather than working. Two books by two of Mississippi's premier garden experts will help do just that: Tough Plants for Southern Gardens By Felder Rushing (635.90975 R) and Tough As Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter (635.9525 W). Both feature photographs, descriptions, care and other important information to make your yard as easy to care for as it is beautiful.

Four additional books that will help you choose plants appropriate for the environment feature native and Heirloom plants. Gardening with Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowiski (635.95175 W), The Southern Heirloom Garden by William C. Welch and Greg Grant (635.90975 W), Passalong Plants by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing (635.90975 B) and The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists by Lois Trigg Chaplin (635.90975 C) will all provide great information and lots of armchair gardening.

One final book will help if you share my love of beachside cottages and lazy days wandering among the dunes: Paradise Found: Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard by Norman Winter (635.9523 W). While I have yet to do anything other than kill the supposedly extremely hardy palms and palmettos I've tried, I still like to dream.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Henry,
    I have been reading your blog and just wanted to say I think it is a great thing for the library. I have a link from http://downtownbrookhaven.com for it.

    Keep up the good work.