Country Living Gardener a Blessing of Toads: A Gardener's Guide to Living with Nature

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Hearst Books, 2004 - Gardening - 303 pages
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Essays and illustrations from the award-winning column, “Heart’s Ease.”

Since the very first issue of Country Living Gardener, writer, artist, and naturalist Sharon Lovejoy has produced the award-winning “Heart’s Ease” column for the magazine. Through this collection of delightful essays and beautiful illustrations, she shares with her readers the boundless joys of a country garden. Lovejoy has chosen to focus on animal life in the garden, including hummingbirds, caterpillars, and dragonflies, but her informative and witty prose also covers traditional plant care. The very titles of her sketches convey pleasure in the vibrant country landscape and the life that teems within it: “The Bumble Bee Rumba,” “Faeries in the Fuschias (sphinx moths),” “Holiday Feasts for the Birds and the Beasts,” and “Conversations with Sunflowers.” This compilation truly is—to borrow another of her titles—“Something to Crow About.”

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A Blessing of Toads is a collection of Lovejoy's “Heart's Ease” columns from Country Living Gardener's magazine. Included in the book are her whimsical illustrations. Just the thing to restore one's ... Read full review

Contents

The Seediest Garden in Calling All Caterpillars
20
Pond Parenthood
26
Windowsill Reveries 94
34
Bee Prepared The Good The Bat
51
Something to Crow About Conversations with
161
Jay Walking 243
167
A Blessing of Toads Green Memories
199
Confessions of a Tis the Gift to Be Simple
213
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Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on "Today at NBC", "PBS's Victory Garden", and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

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