The Yellow Farmhouse Garden

February 15, 2013

Russell Page — Education of a gardener

Filed under: Books — bob @ 5:20 pm

There is not much to do in the garden this time of year. That means I have some time to catch up on my reading. It still gets dark early so I don’t feel guilty sitting inside reading during the evening. When spring arrives, I’ll be spending all of the daylight hours outside in the garden.

The book I’m currently working on is called “The Education of a Gardener” by Russel Page first published in England in 1962. And when I say “working on”, that’s exactly what I mean. This 5″ x 8″ book has 363 pages of dense writing printed in a small font with just a few black and white photos.

Page’s descriptions of his landscape and garden projects paint detailed  pictures in your mind. I’m not necessarily a poetic kind of guy but this is exactly how it is written. Just about every sentence adds another piece to the puzzle,  which is why it is taking me so long to read it — I’m only about a third of the way through.

He also lists plant species for each project. Many of them I know, but others I have to look up. It is quite a contrast to all of the colorful picture books that are being published these days.

I have my daughter Robin to thank for this reading project — she gave it to me as a birthday present.

My plan is to keep reading at the same pace and not try to rush through it.


February 1, 2013

Warm days may have left plants susceptible to winter cold damage

Filed under: Weather — bob @ 2:55 pm

The warm weather we had earlier this week was a welcome break from the winter temperatures, but it may have caused problems for some plants.

During the winter, a couple of days in a row with abnormally warm temperatures, will cause dormant plants  to lose their tolerance to cold.

If a warm spell is followed by a quick drop in temperatures down to the single digit range, damage is likely to occur in some plants.  The temperature in many locations in our area did drop that low — well over a 40 degree difference.

Plants will get back their cold tolerance if the winter temperatures stay cold.   We’ll have to wait until spring to find out if any plants actually were hurt.


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