Gardening from the couch: The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens
Bulb-buying season approaches, so let us recommend an appropriate book.
We reach back in time to the garden writing of the late Elizabeth Lawrence for this week's selection, "The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens."
In 1957, she published this delightful and informative introduction to bulbs. Out of print for many years, it is available in paperback from Amazon.com.
In it, Lawrence talks about a wide variety of plants, including crocuses, species daffodils, hardy cyclamen and lily-family members such as Brodiaea, Bessera, and Calochortus.
The book springs from her years-long and heart-felt correspondence with Mr. Krippendorf who lives in Ohio and grows tens of thousands of bulbs in contrast to her "few" in the garden of her Carolina home.
This is a delightful introduction to the writing of Elizabeth Lawrence.