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So what’s a gardener to do during the winter months. Technically, it’s not winter yet, but our weather in Minnesota feels like winter. And, it’s dark all the time, so it looks like winter. We gardeners are a creative lot. So what’s your creative outlet in the winter months? I do some craft projects and will share some of those from time-to-time on the blog. But what about my first passion – gardening? Do I just put it to bed for the 5 or so months of winter? Actually, I don’t. Of course, I can’t really do anything in my gardens, but I can educate myself and plan. I do this by reading and this post is all about gardening books and good winter reads for gardeners.
This book was a Christmas gift from my son and his girlfriend last year and I love it!
I love daylilies and I love this book! It’s a bundle of eye candy for flower lovers and it’s educational as well. Here’s the description from Amazon:
It’s no exaggeration to say that daylilies are the premier flowering perennial. From a handful of wild species belonging to the genus Hemerocallis, breeders have produced tens of thousands of hybrids in a dazzling array of colors, patterns, and shapes. Adding to their appeal is their hardiness, ease of care, and ability to combine well with other plants. With so many daylilies currently available, a pictorial guide to the best and most exciting cultivars is essential. More than 1700 daylilies—1400 of them new to this edition—are illustrated in close-up, detailed photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by a comprehensive description that includes information on color, size, bloom season, and parentage. Also included are chapters on daylily physiology, the history of the genus, the history of daylily hybridizing, hybridization techniques, and cultivation. Peat and Petit have created an authoritative reference and essential resource for anyone—nursery professional, hybridizer, designer, or enthusiast—who wishes to explore the vast potential of these beautiful plants.
This is the gardening book I have on my list for this year. It gets great reviews and it looks like it’s full of more flower eye candy.
Here’s another book I have on my wish list – Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life. It’s written by Carol J. Michel who blogs at May Dreams Gardens. Carol is a very good writer and she makes me laugh.
Another of my favorite gardening reads is Garden Gate magazine. It’s always loaded with good articles and lots of great photography. I like to catch up during the winter with all the issues I received during the spring and summer that I never got around to reading. I’m pretty sure I’m going to try the Kindle version when my subscription is up.
Here are a few more gardening books on my wish list:
Do you have a stash of favorite gardening books? If so, please share some of your favorites in the comments. There’s no better way to spend a dreary winter day than losing yourself in a good gardening book and dreaming about spring.
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