Jackson and Perkins'
Growing Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs,
Shrubs, and Vines with Roses
by Stephen Scanniello
was an especially delightful book to receive.
I do, however, wonder about the previous owners. What makes them decide to sell their gardening books? Do they know all the information in it? Have they had to quit gardening for some reason? Do they just have too many gardening books?
Really, can one ever have too many gardening books?
I especially wonder when there is an inscription inside the book. The hand-written inscription inside my copy of this book reads:
Merry Christmas Merle
Happy gardening days ahead!
Love, Dad & Mom "C"
Did Merle have happy gardening days? I can only hope.
|Artemisia with Crepuscule rose|
Do you like to grow roses with companion plantings? I do. I can not imagine having roses without having other gardening joys growing alongside them.
|Stokesia with Lion's Fairy Tale|
Just by the title of this book, I was expecting a listing of rose companion plants. And there is a directory - in the back of the book - with not only a listing of suggested companion plants but also plant size, bloom color and time, hardiness zones, and suggested uses.
|Liatris with Antoine Rivoire|
But this book has more than just listings of plants. It also has information about location, design, and all the different types of roses. This would be quite a helpful book if you are new to gardening and want to have a rose garden with mixed plantings, or have a mixed bed and want to include some roses.
|Scabiosa with Charles Darwin|
To borrow from the inscription at the front of my book, I hope you, too, have happy gardening days ahead!