Wednesday, April 16

Signs of Spring

Two important signs of spring!

1. First "Garage Sale" sign of the year

2. Linder's parking-lot greenhouse erected @ St. Anthony shopping center! Budget-bustin' blooms beckon!

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My favorite new gardening book this year is The Bold and Brilliant Garden, by Sarah Raven. Her color palette: sky blue, Moroccan blue, deep blue, crimson black, red-purple, purple, bright pink, deep pink, magenta; carmine, scarlet, ruby, Indian red, Venetian red, vermillion, coral pink, tangerine, gold, lemon yellow. She mixes ruby red with acid green, purple with vermillion, tangerine with magenta, crimson with gold, and sets them all against a backdrop of acid green, blue green, silver blue, and and silver.

She uses attention-getting plants: parrot tulips, Oriental poppies, peonies, zinnias, dahlias, hydrangeas, callas, and scented plants like hyacinths, lilacs, roses, lilies, honeysuckle, and phlox. Wow! The color-saturated illustrations make this a fantastic book gray days.

You can read more about it on Amazon.

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