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.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|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.
Read an Excerpt
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
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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book if you love gardening and cooking. It's very creative and interesting to read written by James Farmer.
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!