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Friday, April 24, 2009

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Mr. McGregor's Daughter

I have Dirr's book & wouldn't be without it. Definitely a must have resource. I've checked Darke's book out of the library & really enjoyed it. Of course I love woodland gardens.

Lisa at Greeenbow

Oooo that American Woodland garden souonds great to me. Thank you for reviewing it.

Les

I have both of these great books and have also had the pleasure to hear Darke speak. I also have two other Dirr books: the companion volume to Hardy Trees and Shurbs - Plants for Warm Climates amd what I consider my bible, The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Les — I think I looked at Dirr's Manual before we really began to garden and it seemed over my head, if I recall correctly. I should take a look since that was a long time ago.

jo

Inviting cover on that second book. I wonder what the fine white plants below the trees are.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Joco — they are Tiarellas (foam flower) but I am not sure of the exact variety. The photo was taken at Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia. Really a lovely image.

jo

Linda,
the reason I asked is that normally Tiarella looks a 'dirty' white to me. Possibly because the spikes have the florets widely apart, so you don't get a dense blob of white.
On the cover it looks a pure white. Maybe it is T. "Dark star" rather than the more frequently seen 'cordifolia'?

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Joco — I double checked to see if the book identified the plant more specifically, but it just called it T. cordifolia. It may be how densely it's planted and also the light. In the closeup photos, it looks like there's a pinkish tinge to it.

Julie Siegel

I agree about Darke (no debate about Dirr, of course). What I love about his images & approach is that he documents "non=sexy" landscapes...he lovingly renders their changes and details through time and in so doing, sensitizes people to subtle transformation...so un-American!

Maybe some of the economic "changes" will encourage people to refocus.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

Julie — very nicely put! I recognize that he does that but I had not thought about how unusual that actually is.

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