This book is utterly delightful. And the pictures that are present are tiny little square photos that don't do the plants justice. Hello Pam, the agapanthus show no sign of blooming, but the leaves look happy. These botanical heirlooms, such as flowering almond, blackberry lily, and night-blooming cereus, usually can't be found in neighborhood garden centers; about the only way to obtain a passalong plant is to beg a piece from the fortunate gardener who has one. Written by two southern gardeners, who switch up telling stories about passalong plants. This is a genuinely funny book! He presented at a conference I attended in the fall and showed his own yard. Find practical gardening advice, tips, and information on beautiful, vibrant daffodils.
Passalongs are plants that have survived in gardens for decades by being handed from one person to another. Hi Pam, my uncle told me about the phlox at a time when I was writing things down. So cottage garden plants were always passalong plants in the beginning, treasured by gardeners living from hand to mouth, eking a little time to care for them from a long day spent laboring for someone else. Mushrooms The best way to make sure you are getting safe food is still to grow your own. What lovely stories about passalong plants! There was a wonderfully fragrant tall white phlox, admirably mildew resistant and blooming into September. New Port Richey fit the bill. We do stay connected through these plants, don't we? What a fun idea to have a Pass-Along Plant Party with your friends and neighbors every season! This is a great place to garden even with Japanese Beetles and other gardening woes.
This is to read and share, but your friend has to give your book back to you after you share. The journey of another plant began on April 13, 1992, when a garden club speaker in Illinois gave me wands of corkscrew willow - extra greenery from an arrangement. Not only informative, but funny as well. Best of all, they are wonderfully amusing companions for the trip on which they invite us: a tour of traditional Southern garden plants. Hi Yolanda - that's a good line! What a wonderful, thought-provoking post, Kathy, making all of us consider whether the plants we grow might be called Heirloom, Passalong, or Cottage garden flowers… and which ones can be all three. These days, it's so much easier to search out rare plants and order them online-- not to mention the possibility of doing plant swaps with people you've met online. No Southern garden is complete without them.
The other author is Felder Rushing who has written numerous books and speaks frequently on the garden conference circuit. Most of these are wonderful plants for your Tampa Bay garden. I better find a home for it soon, or it will be in that pot forever! In it he shares the traditional skills and techniques he has learned over the years from generations of gardeners, like gar-dening with pass-along plants, har-nessing the natural power of worms and mushrooms, saving heirloom seeds, and making handmade gar-den structures out of available ma-terials. How different it must be for you to live in one place for 30 years. Especially applicable to us southerners. Garden potluck Tanja Vidovic is a 30-something Tampa gardener obsessed with spreading the love of growing your own edibles.
Bender and Rushing breathe life, love, and joy into that fundamental truth, while having a ball with its eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. These plants had persisted for years, through tender loving care and unavoidable neglect, through good weather and bad. Recommend to all southern gardeners especially! They rarely had ornamental nurseries and ornamentals would be too extravagant a purchase for the poor working people. Make your gardening tasks and chores easier with these awesome gardening tips! This book is a good way to spend a wintry evening, reading about summer and favorite plants. Although the authors live in and write about the South, many of the plants they discuss will grow elsewhere. Great old fashioned tips for a better Garden! The wand eventually expanded into an attractive tree, from which I rooted more cuttings, one for my son M. Maybe, too, some things have changed in the last twenty years.
Sure, the writing is a little folksier and sometimes unabashedly politically The first thing I demand from a gardening book is good writing. It reminded me of the fact the I have several plants in my garden from my old neighborhood. There were bearded irises and Siberian irises and at least two kinds of peonies, one of which was growing in a tire. If you ever want to try to root some willow let me know. They present this information in the informal, chatty, and sometimes humorous manner that your next-door neighbor might use when giving you a cutting of her treasured Confederate rose. Oh gosh, this book is packed with great information and is absolutely hysterical to read. You learn along with the humor.
Fickle being that I am. Once you've picked it up, you'll want to pass it along to you favorite gardener. Sharing plants is quite a tradition in most Caribbean islands and I guess among gardeners worldwide. These botanical heirlooms, such as flowering almond, blackberry lily, and night-blooming cereus, usually can't be found in neighborhood garden centers; about the only way to obtain a passalong plant is to beg a piece from the fortunate gardener who has one. Recall the time you first received a particular plant, and you'll recall the person who gave it to you.
It has provided me with a foundation for southern plants. Since that was my Mom's name, I'm anxious to have them flourish in my garden. When I went up for a visit a couple years ago, I noticed her unusual yellow daffodils. When we find a plant the fills a spot just right or gives off a heavenly scent or thrives in less-than-ideal conditions, we want to share it. The E-mail message field is required.
They look especially nice next to a California bungalow. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on. I was tempted to buy this book years ago when I became interested in heirlooms. Another favorite passalong plant from a dear friend. My mother had a motto-she always shared her plants, so in case she lost one there was someone she could get it back from! But I like to think that Mrs. Spreading mounds of daisy-like purple-blue flowers.