The Blue Rose, an English Garden Mystery by Anthony Elgin.

Retired Botany Professor Lawrence Kingston  is called in to examine the authenticity of a sapphire blue rose growing in Alex & Kate’s English garden.  Then a mystery begins without the blood & gore of so many mystery tales but with intrigue surrounding the ins and out of the rose industry, including gardening practices, vividly rainy days, strong tea and beautiful gardens.  Antony Elgin is a gardener, award winning rosarian and producer of  a series of best selling garden videos. Originally from England he lives in California where his  “pint-sized garden was awarded Garden Design magazine’s Golden Trowel Award.”  His English Garden Mystery series with Dr. Lawrence Kingston sleuthing his way through the plants and plotting includes six titles, the latest, The Alcatraz Rose includes action in San Francisco.  These books are highly entertaining for a gardener as the horticulture insights are delivered along with a good story. Other titles in the series I’m eager to try include, The Water Lily Cross, Gardens of Secrets Past, The Lost Gardens, The Trail of the Wild Rose. If you are a fan of PBS’s Rosemary & Thyme mystery series you will enjoy these books. ...   Continue Reading

Digging Deep

Fran Sorin’s 10th Anniversary edition of Digging Deep,

Unearthing your creative Roots Through Gardening 

Author Fran Sorin offers such a clear song of hope in an era of ernest gardening.  This book offers garden guidance, motivation and inspiration to reframe your definition of gardening. So many gardeners are digging in their plants with a fear of doom and food appocolypse in their hearts.  If a gardener isn’t connected to the beauty and randomness of nature in gardening many will give up when the birds devour the first crop.   In these pages find you find a way to weave the everyday joy a garden offers as the essential work is done. You will know flowers are essential to feed the soul. This book will coach beginning gardeners, encourage the discouraged and inspire the devoted. If you are lucky enough to have a small patch of earth to tend, this book will speak to your heart and help you see you are indeed lucky enough....   Continue Reading

The Drunken Botanist

I’ve always loved pretty glass bottles, all the different shapes, colors, and how the light reflects through them.  Where is a more perfectly arranged, beautifully lit array of bottles than behind the bar at a great resort.  “This is horticulture!  In all these bottles!  How can anyone with even a passing interest in botany not be fascinated by this stuff?”   This is where Amy Stewart hooked me into reading her latest book. She begins with the letter A for agave and moves through plants all the way to wheat describing their use in making the booze of the world....   Continue Reading

Armchair Traveling

The garden I visit most often is my own, I enjoy it each day just walking out my door.  Yet the inspiration and excitement of visiting public gardens adds so much to my life that I want to do that each day as well.  Travel planning maybe all about suffering the web  these days but before one does the details you may need inspiration for where you want to travel....   Continue Reading