A New Leaf: Growing with My Garden

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Doubleday Canada, Mar 22, 2011 - Gardening - 288 pages
A graceful and sharply observed book of inspiration that uses the garden as its central muse

A New Leaf traces a year of growing seasons at The Leaf, Merilyn Simonds' acreage in eastern Ontario. A lifelong gardener, Simonds works the soil and the soul for wide-ranging revelations about everything from flowers that keep time, to the strange gift of compost, to great gardens of the world, to things lost and found underground.

She is joined on her journey by a host of companions — including her Beloved, who tills by her side; the Rosarian, who tends to both bud and thorn in roses and life; and the Frisarian, who weeds unwelcome visitors to make room for new growth. Intelligent and intimate, irreverent and elegant, A New Leaf offers a cornucopia of enrichment and inspiration for the fertile mind.
 

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Contents

Heartwood
4
One Good Turn
13
OldLady Flowers
23
Spiing Training
30
Garden Dwarfs
37
One Crocus
43
Grassplot
51
The Perfect Weed
60
Reading a Garden
137
TouchMeNot
146
Lives of Trees
152
The Scent of a Garden
162
Hollyhocks
169
Garden Tnals
176
Of Necessity
185
Fungus Among Us
191

Asking the Earth to Say Beans
70
ForgetMeNot
79
Wonder
87
A Means of Support
98
Summer Solstice
105
Love Plant 1 15
115
What the Farmer Knows
122
Memory Sticks
128
Thanks Giving
200
Old King Cole
206
Last Song
214
AFTER 11us FALL
218
Hooked
250
Lost in Never Never Land 25 6
256
Acts of Love
266
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About the author (2011)

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MERILYN SIMONDS is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Convict Lover, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award. She lives with writer and translator Wayne Grady on a small acreage north of Kingston, Ontario.

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