Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope Santa brings y'all lots of cool garden-related gifts.  Today I got one of the best gifts a Northwest gardener can get--sunshine!  I celebrated by spending about an hour weeding my front yard.  Christmas Eve was a bad day for the crabgrass.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Armchair gardening with a little help from NPR

The winter solstice is almost upon us, so it's dark, cold, and if you're here in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest, wet. My socks get soggy if I even think of going outside, so I'm turning my thoughts to indoor pursuits--like reading. Fortunately, NPR just posted 2009's Crop of Great Gardening Books - how very timely. All of these look interesting, but my first choice is the last one on the list, Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants.

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

I've often thought of designing a garden containing nothing but poisonous plants, so this one is right up my alley.

Anyone else out there in blog-land have some favorite gardening books to recommend? 'Tis the season for some armchair gardening.