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 88
26
Windowsill Reveries 94
34
Bee Prepared The Good The Bat
51
Getting the Blues Return of the Native
139
A Charm of Finches Fragrant Memories
150
Something to Crow About Conversations with
161
Jay Walking 243
167
Scarecrows Are for the Birds My Windowsill
173
I92
270
A Blessing of Toads Green Memories
276
Skunk Scentsibilities Hollyhocks for Fruitfulness
282
Confessions of a Tis the Gift to Be Simple
288
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