The Bad-Tempered Gardener

This piece ran on Kirkus' gardening blog–head over there now to see our latest posts.   There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on in the publishing world right now.  The poor economy, the closure of many fine independent bookstores, the rise of ebooks—it’s causing a lot of anguish.  And there are some numbers to back […]

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 3:29 am   This post has 24 responses.

Will “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden” go Digital?

Here's my latest for Kirkus Reviews, and check here to see Amy's review of the Bad-Tempered Gardener. Back when perennials became the hot plant group for American gardeners, new fans of perennials glommed onto Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s 1998 book The Well-Tended Perennial Garden because it so clearly explained how to...

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 3:52 am   This post has 4 responses.

A world of weeds

Here's my take on Weeds (on Kirkus last week). If you missed Amy's Washington Post review of this book, check here. And go here for Susan's Kirkus post on the digital revolution at Timber and more. Some delightful weeds I've been hosting behind the garage. How you define weeds...

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 12 responses.

Chicken Books!

This ran last week on Kirkus Review's garden blog--do go check that out.  And today on Kirkus Reviews see Michele's article about The Aphorists. I am one of those crazy chicken owners who owns more books about chickens than actual chickens.  In fact, the ratio right now is three...

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 at 4:16 am   This post has 5 responses.

Getting weird and funky with Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden

Here's my most recent review for Kirkus, and today they've posted Amy's review of chicken books. “Neither a museum nor a great plodding institution, Chanticleer is a gardener’s garden,” says Adrian Higgins about what he and garden photographer Rob Cardillo and this blogger and horticulturists all over the world...

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Posted by on June 23, 2011 at 5:05 am   This post has one response.

Celebrating an unapologetic ornamentalist

Here's my Kirkus column from last week. Check here for Susan's post on Chanticleer. For the past couple years, I’ve been fighting a feeling that I’m being left behind by the gardening world as part of a forgotten minority. The hottest trends have passed me by. I don’t grow...

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Posted by on June 16, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Those evil vines

Here's last week's Kirkus post. And be sure to read Susan's post today about the art of gardening. I had been meaning to write about Allan Armitage's vines and climbers book for some time. In my small garden, sometimes the only way to go is up, so I've been...

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 at 4:20 am   This post has 10 responses.
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