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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To The Rescie, January 8, 2008
This review is from: The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in the Quiet Season (Hardcover)
I started reading this book just as a blanket of snow started melting and turning dirty in my Connecticut Garden. Without the coating of white, everything looked brown, sad, and utterly depressing. I knew it needed better bones and a bit of color, but no one has explained how to do this as clearly and personally as Suzy Bales. As a flipped through the pages, I started jotting down notes:a weeping conifer here, a berried holly there, a row of boxwood to define a border, a winter hazel (or maybe even two or three) at the turn in the driveway. The ideas kept coming and I now I really have a plan.
I also enjoyed Suzy's chapter about gathering greens and berries and other natural trimmings for the holidays and put them to use right away. Christmas was better than ever thanks to her suggestions for making wreaths and garlands and decorating the outside with containers and ice sculptures. I totally copied her idea of spray painting a dead conifer red and just wish I had the alliums to decorate it. But storebought white balls did just as well and the result was lovely.
Thank you Suzy for such a helpful and inspiring book.
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