Time to Plant, A: Southern-Style Garden Living

Time to Plant, A: Southern-Style Garden Living

by James T. Farmer

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ISBN-13: 9781423623465
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,296,870
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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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.

Table of Contents

9 Foreword

15 Introduction

19 A Time to ...

22 A Time to Make a Plan

25 A Room with a View

26 A Time to Prune: The May Rule

29 A Time to Edge: Crown Molding for the Garden

30 Green: Nature’s Neutral

35 A Highlight on Hydrangeas

38 Meet LEONA, A Profusion of Blooms for Months

39 Drying Hydrangeas

41 Remember the “Hydra” in Hydrangea

44 Wardrobe Change for Hydrangeas

44 A Time to Cut and Arrange

49 Powerhouse Perennials

52 Plants with a Past

53 A Time for Peace: Companions in the Garden

54 Consider the Lilies

57 A Time to Plant

60 Points on Perennials

63 “Herban” Gardening

66 You Are What You Eat

69 Bouquet Garnis

73 A Time for Tea

77 A Time for Color

80 A Tone-on-Tone Scheme

84 Annual Color

88 A Few Color Tips

91 Inspiration

93 A Time for Pansies

97 A Time to Harvest and Eat

97 Peaches and Blackberries–

106 Savory Crops

113 Garden Living for Each Season

114 A Wintertime Menu

118 A Springtime Menu

126 A Summertime Menu

136 An Autumnal Meal

149 Entertaining with Garden Style

152 A Time for Garden Giving

154 Entertaining in the Garden

157 Appealing to the Senses

163 The Social Gardener: A Time to Embrace

165 Here Comes the Bride: A Time to Wed

176 A Time to Build Up: Dinnerware and Centerpieces

181 A Time to Gather: Collecting and Stockpiling Your Storeroom

182 A Time to Think Outside the Vase

188 A Time for Setting Your Standard of Garden Living

190 Resources

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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!