To say I like books might be an understatement, I love books. Since I started blogging I don't read nearly as much as I used to, but I still love books. Can you tell?
Some of my favorite books and really the only type of books I purchase anymore are garden books. I have to confess, I love garden books with pretty pictures. Yes, pictures are important, but I also want to learn. I have found books for a specific type of plant are the most informative so I tend to stick with these types now a days.
I recently came across the Perennials: Enduring Classics for the Contemporary Garden quite by accident, but was intrigued so I purchased it and read it cover to cover on one of our long trips. The author is Rob Proctor and he is very knowledgeable about all things plants, especially the history and folklore surrounding plants. I was so lucky to find another book by Rob Proctor called-can you guess? Annuals: Yearly Classics for the Contemporary Garden so I immediately purchased it too. It is a Christmas present for me from Mr. Fix-it-but shhh-don't tell him.
Let me give you just a taste of some of the information found in the Perennials book just to whet your appetite (page 51):
"According to legend, the wise centaur Chiron first told Achilles how to use the leaves of this herb to treat his injured soldiers during the siege of Troy. Strangely, and perhaps unfairly, it was named Achillea, not Chironia."
Who knew this about Achillea (yarrow)? Not me, but I do now thanks to Rob Proctor's very interesting and informative book. To get a taste of the pictures inside the books, just look at the book covers. All photographs are by Rob Gray.
I recommend either one of these books by Rob Proctor if you are looking for a good gardening book for someone special on your Christmas list. For more great book recommendations for Christmas gifts, visit Sarah Laurence at her Blogger Book Boost post.
in the garden....