Want to win a copy of my new book, “Perennials Through the Seasons”?
I know, deep breaths, it’s a bit overwhelming.
But what if I up the ante? What if I throw in 5 plants from my absolute favorite online purveyor of plants, Santa Rosa Gardens?
I know, dreams do come true.
So in addition to my awe inspiring book (which I will sign and personally inscribe), the winners (2 in total) will also receive the following 5 plants, all of which inspired the book:
Veronica ‘Royal Candles’
Eupatorium ‘Baby Joe’
Helenium Mariachi ‘Fuego’
Monarda Bee-You ‘Bee-Free’
Echinacea Big Sky ‘Sunrise’
I highly suggest clicking on each of the plant names above to see photos of these beauties.
All that’s required to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment on this post.
If for some reason you have an issue leaving a comment, please send me an email at email@example.com. There have been issues for some of you lately and I’m still working with WordPress to address the issue.
The contest will run through Monday May 1, 9:00 PM EST. Winners, chosen at random, will be announced at that time.
Contestants must live within the continental U.S.
After weeks of editing it is finally here.
The first edition of the book was 188 pages (8.5″ x 11″ paper) but I soon realized that at that length, it would be too expensive to print. As painful and excruciating as it was, I ultimately cut it down to under 100 pages.
Who knew that the actual writing of the book would end up being the easiest part of this project?
But it is done. And I am super excited.
A quick synopsis of the book:
There are 20 chapters, each a different perennial that resides in my garden today. The chapters commence with a personal story that is tied to that particular plant. It then takes you through a photographic journey, spring through winter of that perennial with 1,000+ photos in all. While the flowering of each perennial is happily celebrated, I also include other aspects that too often go underappreciated: new spring foliage, spent blooms, seed heads and fall color.
For all of you who have been loyal readers over the years, please know that this is all new material and not a copy of old blog posts.
You can purchase the book here through Amazon.
Thank you all for your support over the years as this book wouldn’t have been written without you.
I am forever grateful.
Volume 2 will be out later this year.
It has been a while since I last posted here so my apologies for that.
The truth is I have been hammering away on the book and I’m proud to report that it is completely written and I am now in edit mode. While I’ve known all along what I wanted to convey in this book, it didn’t fully gel until I had pulled in these three photos for one of the chapters.
They perfectly encapsulated the purpose of the book and my feelings on gardening. It was the “A Ha” moment and that moment felt real frickin good. I cannot wait to deliver this to you all and thank you again for your constructive feedback. That feedback has been sitting on my shoulders throughout the writing process.
On the actual garden front, I’ve got nothing.
We had such a mild winter here in the Northeast U.S. and I thought I would have been out in the garden by now, cutting down ornamental grasses, removing weeds and cleaning up the messy perennials.
But then March threw us a curve and we ended up with this.
And now that the foot of snow has started to melt, we have this.
I may have no choice but to throw on my waterproof shitkickers and start cutting and pruning.
Look for that in the next post.