Overview


For generations, a love of flowers, an understanding of nature, and a knowledge of the secrets of plants has passed seamlessly from mother to daughter to granddaughter. In its deliciously entertaining text and through its beautiful photographs, A TIME TO BLOSSOM captures the essence of childhood.
Whether she is climbing an apple tree, squirming through a proper tea-party visit with an elderly neighbor, dashing to hang a May basket on a friend's door, or sitting crowded and ...
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A Time to Blossom: Mothers, Daughters and Flowers

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Overview


For generations, a love of flowers, an understanding of nature, and a knowledge of the secrets of plants has passed seamlessly from mother to daughter to granddaughter. In its deliciously entertaining text and through its beautiful photographs, A TIME TO BLOSSOM captures the essence of childhood.
Whether she is climbing an apple tree, squirming through a proper tea-party visit with an elderly neighbor, dashing to hang a May basket on a friend's door, or sitting crowded and cranky on a Sunday ride with the family, Tovah Martin's childhood memories will captivate the reader. With Richard Brown's glorious photography, A TIME TO BLOSSOM reminds us of the authors' earlier book, TASHA TUDOR'S GARDEN. The text is frank, impish, nostalgic, but never cloying or sentimental. It is a recollection of childhood with all the mischief, the mystery, and the innocence intact.
And for readers who want to enjoy their own mother and daughter flower projects, A TIME TO BLOSSOM is filled with practical instructions: How to make a hollyhock doll; weave a garland; press pansies, bake a scented geranium cake, force bulbs, dry flowers, make rose potpourri, grow a giant amaryllis, and much much more.
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The author and photographer of the classic Tasha Tudor's Garden deliver this intimate celebration of the gardening rites and rituals that mark not only the passage of the seasons but the passage of the years as they are shared with successive generations. In A Time to Blossom, Tovah Martin commemorates with words -- while Richard Brown illustrates with lush photographs -- the joys and discoveries of the horticultural year as experienced by a child.

While Martin claims that she "must have known, even as I struggled to figure out how to spell 'daffodil,' that I would eventually lose the essence of how it felt to spend a rainy afternoon with my mother, pressing pansies or making scented geranium cake," this book is proof to the contrary -- she has indeed captured the essence of such memories here. Descriptions like that of her mother assembling flower arrangements ("It was exhilarating to witness the transformation of the kitchen table into an unholy mess of extraneous petals and leaves, and there was nothing like watching as harmony miraculously arose from the chaos") and her own childhood observations ("There's no sense in having pansies unless you collect a crowd of many little hooligans to battle it out in the garden") are richly evocative and wonderfully entertaining.

Brown presents visuals that are equally captivating, depicting a field ablaze with delphiniums one minute, and a sweet portrait of mother and child in Victorian attire at work in their garden the next. These bittersweet photographs and Martin's fond, often humorous remembrances of her childhood gardening pursuits bring to life not just the garden, with its inhabitants and caretakers, but gardening itself.

Recipes and instructions are included for baking the aforementioned geranium cake, making hollyhock dolls, growing morning glories, and more, making this a fertile ground in which readers might sow their own joyful memories. (Karen Burns)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547561776
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/11/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 171 MB
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Meet the Author


Tovah Martin is one of this country's best-known garden writers and lecturers. She is the author with Richard W. Brown of Tasha Tudor's Garden which won the highest award from the Garden Writers Association of America. She holds the gold medal for horticulture from the Massachsetts Horticultural Society.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Early Spring 17
Forcing Bulbs
Dollhouse Bouquets
Houseplants
Under Glass
Wardian Cases
Twigs
Chapter 2 Spring 39
Sunday Drives
Sprouts
Pansies
Tulips
May Baskets
Apple Blossoms
Mother's Day Lilacs
Dandelions
Sweet Peas
Chapter 3 Summer 79
Poppies
Peonies
Roses
Flower Garlands
Delphiniums
Tea Parties
Beyond Imagination
Hollyhocks
Lanterns and Lilies
Chapter 4 Autumn 117
Hydrangeas
Dahlias
Morning Glories
Zinnias
Lavender and Linens
Last Flowers
Chapter 5 Winter 141
The Greenhouse
Camellias
Scented Geranium Cake
Amaryllis
Acknowledgments 160
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