In the sequel to The Essential Earthman, the Washington Post columnist offers a harvest of sharp observations and humorous adventures gathered during a year in his garden, along with much down to earth advice on horticulture....
|Title||:||One Man's Garden|
|Number of Pages||:||200 Pages|
|File Size||:||888 KB|
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One Man's Garden Reviews
'A gardening friend of mine has quite lost her mind---not that it distresses her much---and no longer makes an effort to conceal her madness." So begins one of my favorites, "How the garden grows and grows," among Henry Mitchell's essays.
I know this book is going to stay for a long while. That's why I am sewing the book-cover. It is a reference book as well as a good read. It is very rare to see these two factors in one book. This is the book of the year for me.
A great gift for serious gardeners or newbie gardeners like myself looking to learn more and understand the trials, triumphs, and errors that all gardeners make. Mitchell has an appealing down to earth style of writing that made me nod in agreement, smile and even laugh out loud at times. If you know your plant taxonomy, it will make reading this book more enjoyable. Mitchell often refers to various plants by their genus. For example, knowing what plants constitute the genus epimedium, commonly called fairy wings, will make Mitchell's comments both more instructive, and at times, even more humorous. Reading this gave me pleasure and will hopefully help me to relax and enjoy my garden more -- Mitchell makes clear that great gardeners understand that the joy in gardening is about the process, not the finished product, because there will always be a new plant to try or a plant to move to a "better" place.
At first I thought it was just another gardening book, but Henry Mitchell insights on nature and human nature in the garden was delightfully entertaining! He spoke from experience and from his heart. .I'd advise anyone trying to understand a gardener's mind and why the are so passionate about plants should read this book. As an avid gardener, Henry Mitchell spoke to me.
I loved reading the crazed efforts to grow things out of temp zone, although his mud mess on the carpet tops my tales of enlisting husband and sons to lug huge pots up and down the stairs every fall and spring. That further supports my decision to get rid of carpeting all together, and stick with rugs over nice flooring! Going month by month is how gardeners think-the wheel of the year so to speak. I most enjoyed being reminded that my obsessions aren't so crazy after all, no matter what non-gardeners think.
Delightful, dry,self-deprecating sense of humour, coupled with uncompromising opinions about how much "improvement" of plants is too much. I laughed til I cried, and one does not often laugh over garden columns. Lots of great design ideas, and plant specific advice. A great read. There are two other collections from this sadly deceased gardening writer, that do not seem to be available in ebooks as yet. The Essential Earthman precedes One Man's Garden, but I am not sure of the title of the later one. Please, Amazon, hurry to make both available!
Like spending time with an old friend.
To say Henry Mitchell is the funniest gardening writer you're likely to encounter is to sell him short. Mitchell is quite likely one of the funniest writers you're likely to encounter, period. If you happen to have an interest in gardening, all the better. You may or may not find a lot of useful gardening information from this book, but you'll enjoy the sensibilities of this delightful southerner, who for years wrote a gardening column for The Washington Post.