Chris, you'll turn my head by comparing me to Cassandra Danz, she of fond memory. Expect quizzical looks, and be prepared to explain. I loved this post, but then, I love all your posts :. And, of course, because they are discussing passalong plants, they note the best method of sharing each plant with other gardeners. Instead, they were the surprising flowers of Lycoris.
And it's simple and cheap - like me! They are ready to plant and can be planted along walkways, in pots, around trees, or anywhere you would like to plant a nice ground cover. Followed by the seedpods that little songbirds and goldfinches love in late Summer. Fickle being that I am. You have quite a passalong history yourself. I would run out and buy the book, but I already own it! If that white phlox could talk, what tales it could tell! 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. I'm looking forward to hearing about more of your passalong plants as they come into bloom.
Before I even knew myself to be a gardener, when I was just a kid, I tagged along behind the lady next door as she planted annuals, despite the fact that our game balls were always flying into her garden, and she was always yelling at us, and I thought she hated all us kids. I think that is so neat that you have a family history in plants! It details so many plants I remember from my grandmothers' and great-grandmother's yards as a kid. Passalongs are plants that have survived in gardens for decades by being handed from one person to another. The Malva moschata was from Dorothy, Iris from Lorraine, Peonies from Patty, Sweet woodruff from Sherry, orange lilies from Laverne and that the Jack in the Pulpit was passed along to me by my mother. The first thing I demand from a gardening book is good writing.
About the Author Steve Bender is a senior writer for Southern Living and a contributor to several books on southern gardening. They also give tips on how to organize your own plant swap. At least they come with warnings about their rampant natures. This is a book dedicated to the passalong plants that surround us, and it provides the authors' fifty or so favorite passalongs. Cottage Gardens I was looking for a word to describe my kind of gardening, and I found it: cottage gardening.
Recall the time you first received a particular plant, and you'll recall the person who gave it to you. These plants had persisted for years, through tender loving care and unavoidable neglect, through good weather and bad. It's showy purplish-pink and white flowers attract butterflies and bees all Summer long. Sure, the writing is a little folksier and sometimes unabashedly politically incorrect , but it vibrates with the voices of the writers. The essays can be read in any order.
Bender and Rushing breathe life, love, and joy into that fundamental truth, while having a ball with its eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. Hello Pam, the agapanthus show no sign of blooming, but the leaves look happy. The best grow so easily, they almost ask you to share them with others. Also used the book in a sidebar within the feature. For future reference, Dixie Gardens says the botanical name is Narcissus x incomparabilis var.
You've reminded me that when we moved into this house over 30 years ago I found out later that during the few days the house was vacant some of the neighbors had helped themselves to some Stachys byzantina which grew by the front door. My very first lily was an Asiatic, but it was only after it was blooming in my garden that I learned Asiatics are scentless. 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. People grow them all over Sierra Madre. This wonderful sun lover needs very little care and is enjoyed for months. 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. That sparked my interest in other types of heirlooms tomatoes, roses, old-fashioned flowers from Select Seeds and also in cottage gardening.
By far my favorite section was on yard art. And its soul is not in the fancy plants sold by mass marketers, but in traditional plants, passed along from mothers to daughters and friends to friends. I am very happy with mine. Passalong Plants, co-written by longtime Southern Living gardening editor Steve Bender and the guru of the slow gardening movement, Felder Rushing, meets both criteria. I had always been a practical gardener, focusing mainly on growing vegetables. Sarge told me that I was always to share plants with others so that they might experience the joy of gardening.