Monday, April 12, 2010

Project Central

A little more than 4-months ago when we hosted Thanksgiving for NY transplants, our friend Lynn - a perennial Floridian - brought us a thoughtful piece of her own library as a host gift.

(from the cover) A practical, imaginative guide to every aspect of gardening, The Complete Gardener had my mind filled with spring and summer projects for the gardens of CDLV from the minute we left the dinner table and I thumbed through the hefty hardback. The 380+ page, full color guide is comprehensive, yet practical; combining sound advice and intuitive instruction on everything from organic vegetable and flower gardening, to fence building, to garden planning - all in effort to spread the love of an environmentally friendly, self sustaining garden where we (gardeners) can take full advantage of our natural resources.

Lynn is very thoughtful and mindful of the things we enjoy and collect. Every time we have a dinner she attends, she brings a gift that we love. This book, is one of those ... and as I am sure Lynn knew before she gifted it, there isn't a picture in the book that I don't find inspiring. A few in particular however, were dog-ear worthy, and have inspired a project - or two - here in the gardens.

Now that spring has sprung, here in WNY, there was little holding me back from one project inspired by these pages. My company has been doing quite a bit of renovation and rejuvenation lately, and there has been an enormous amount of red brick, circa 1945 available to claim and reuse, imaginatively. Think you know (based on the images above) what it is that I spent the majority of my weekend doing? Well, guess away - and I'll show you the final product, along with an early tour of the garden (weather permitting) on Wednesday.

If you'd like to buy your own copy of the book, (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT) you can find a copy here.