Growing pains: time and change in the garden
In the last twenty years, more Americans have begun more ambitious gardens with less information and less help than at any time in the last two centuries. Little wonder that many of us are suddenly feeling the need to reassess our gardening and our gardens. This gracefully written, endlessly informative book shows us how our gardens grow and change over time and how we grow and develop with them. Patricia Thorpe addresses those passionate gardeners who are just beginning to realize how much they still have to learn. This is the first book to describe, in a light but no-nonsense tone, what happens to a garden after it has been growing for several years. Learn how to cope with instant-gratification overplanting, which can look good for two years and terrible for the rest of your life; deal with border burnout; and find out why perennials may not be the plants of your dreams. Do a plant postmortem to figure out why some die and others survive, even when you wish they wouldn't. Consider, possibly for the first time, some of the ecological questions that face gardeners today. And discover on every page the wealth of plants you could be growing as well as the unexpected ways you could be using them.
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Growing pains: time and change in the gardenUser Review - Book Verdict
Few gardening books mention, let alone concentrate on, the growth that is the essence of gardening. Thorpe helps the gardener confront "mid-life crisis'' in the garden-one that like its creator seems suddenly to have developed scantiness in some areas and too much growth in others. She wisely and wittily explains how the instant meadow becomes a field of weeds, what to grow under ever-spreading trees, and how to cope with overgrown shrubs and an unbalanced border. She helps the former novice temper enthusiasm with wisdom, rethinking a garden plan to use more suitable material in more imaginative ways. Anyone who has gardened for a decade or has purchased an overgrown lot should go out with this book in one hand and pruning shears in the other. Highly recommended for the uniqueness of the subject and the quality of the writing. [Garden Book Club main selection.]-Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.