Time to Plant, A: Southern-Style Garden Living

Time to Plant, A: Southern-Style Garden Living

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by James Farmer
     
 

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A VITAL YOUNG VOICE IN THE GARDENING SCENE teaches a new generation of Southerners to love gardening and to make it a focal point of their lifestyle. James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South (e.g., May is the time for pruning), in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home.

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A VITAL YOUNG VOICE IN THE GARDENING SCENE teaches a new generation of Southerners to love gardening and to make it a focal point of their lifestyle. James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South (e.g., May is the time for pruning), in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces created from the garden.

Editorial Reviews

Examiner.com - Smith Radell

Georgia's James T. Farmer III keeping state 'in the news' and moms 'in the know'

On Saturday, May 11, just one day before Mother's Day, James T. Farmer III was nowhere near North Georgia, but the acclaimed author, gardener, floral and interior designer--who also happens to be a cook and table-to-garden lifestyle expert--was still influencing moms there that day. In fact, he was influencing two moms, and he didn't even know it.

As the Douglasville Patch was reporting on Saturday that the upcoming Hydrangea Festival in Georgia was just around the corner, the Atlanta Top News Examiner and her mother were making their way through an estate sale looking for the perfect hydrangea vase to use for Mother's Day.

Hydrangeas just happen to be one of the favorite flowers of James Farmer, who says in his A Time to Plant book that when it comes to flowers, "there is hardly another family of flowers that can be cut, dried, arranged and enjoyed more than the hydrangea clan."

This Atlanta writer's mother would agree with him, which is why she was insisting on displaying her blue, purple and green blossoms for her Mother's Day lunch guests on Sunday. But she needed the right vase for them, and she found it.

When it comes to hydrangeas and the right vase to use for them, James Farmer might be something of an expert. However, it appears from the attention he is receiving in the media that he knows a lot more than how to grow, display and arrange hydrangeas.

In fact, so far in 2013 the Georgia boy has published another book (his fifth), titled A Time to Cook, he has appeared on Paula Deen's "Paula's Best Dishes," which aired in April on The Food Network, and--in advance of Mother's Day--he was asked to offer Mother's Day table tips to WAGA-TV viewers on Fox 5's "Good Day Atlanta." And the year isn't even half over yet.

If you didn't watch Farmer's Fox 5 appearance you might be interested to learn that he used hydrangea flowers in his floral bouquet for his Mother's Day table decor example. So mom feels vindicated in her own choice!

Next up for the savvy seasonal lifestyle expert is a presentation at the Magnolia Springs Garden Club luncheon one week away, on Tues., May 21, at 11:30 a.m.

The editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine will be talking about A Time to Plant at the one-day event in Alabama, but the garden club will also hold a book signing afterward, so guests can also purchase A Time to Cook books, which he will be glad to sign as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423623465
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
416,698
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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If you learn nothing else about pruning, remember the May Rule. This rule applies to the Deep South as well as to broad sections of the country. If the shrub blooms BEFORE May, then prune the plant immediately after the shrub has bloomed, or while it’s blooming, to bring the blossoms inside for arrangements and enjoyment. This rule bodes well for azaleas, spring-blooming spireas, forsythia, camellias and sasanquas, quince, dogwood, red bud, Japanese magnolia, tea olive, winter daphne, English dogwood, and other “blooms before May” shrubs (early spring bloomers in general). In the Deep South, our “month” of May can start in March and end in May proper, so the quintessential early spring bloomers are those to keep in mind for this section of the rule.

If the shrub blooms AFTER May, prune the plant during dormancy, or in wintertime. This goes for hydrangeas (except Oak Leaf: prune those immediately after blooming or during bloom for arrangements), crape myrtles, vitex, roses, althea, grapes (prune on the coldest day of the year), Confederate rose, pyracantha, liriope and small fruit trees.

Meet the Author

James T. Farmer III is the author of A Time to Plant. His company, James Farmer Designs, specializes in landscape and interior design. James is a proponent of garden living and entertaining, or weaving the bounties of the garden into your daily life. Find him at www.James.Farmer.com. He lives in Kathleen, Georgia.

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Time to Plant, A: Southern-Style Garden Living 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you love gardening and cooking. It's very creative and interesting to read written by James Farmer. 
CherylM57 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book that ecompasses all the wonderful things that inspire us and touch our souls! It caught my eye in the library and now I would like one plus several for gifts! You would definitely refer back to the contents frequently and would be nice to see on the coffee table or propped in a stand upright. Creatively he brought all these topics together in a way that brings your family history to mind and all the wonderful things we have in the South. I love that he ties together the seasons with gardening, cooking, decorating and entertaining! What more could you ask for! Everything about this book is sensational!