What a beautiful and "timely" book for me to read! Elisabeth Sheldon's "Time and the Gardener - Writings on a Lifelong Passion", is such a down to earth, no nonsense book, about one gardener and her experiences with so many plants, that she has worked with over a span of thirty-two years.Telling stories, very personable and charming, sometimes amusing, about all that worked, and what did not work for her garden. I especially like the brief bios in part three - Gardeners of Other Times, starting with "Miss Jeckyll", followed by Jane Loudon, which also included her husband, John Loudon, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Vita (Victoria) Sackville-West. And as an added bonus, it is available in large print, which I, and possibly others, can really appreciate.
I would highly recommend this book, especially to women, who do not yet have the confidence in their ability to produce a garden worthy of praise and distinction, and for anyone who would like to no more about one persons personal experiences with a wide variety of plants. A "good read", in my book!
On August 5th, 2008, evelyn_inthegarden added the following:
Sorry, \"no more\" should have been \"know more\"!
I am going to purchase this book, as I have reached my limit on renewals at the library. This is a book that has so many interesting, detailed facts about some genera, as well as excellent ideas on plant combining. This book is her best so far. I need this book for reference as to just make notes about it would not be enough. It is available on Amazon, though I searched on ebay, and at this time, it wasn\'t there.
I absolutely love this lady! I wish I could meet her. I bought this book last spring, and when it arrived I sat down and read half of it in one day. I am currently reading through it a second time. She is such an inspiration to me, and very funny to boot. I highly recommend it to everyone with a passion (even a budding passion) for growing flowers.
I am currently a bit more than half way through this book and am enjoying it so much, I have bought another book by the author. I hope someday to be as knowledgable as Mrs. Sheldon. This book is informative, but also witty and entertaining. I'm on my third gardening book this month and the other two had some slow moments that were difficult to get through. I haven't found that with this book.. Also, though Mrs. Sheldon voices her opinion on many subjects in the book, she makes a point that it is only her opinion and nothing more. Definitely worth buying and a book that you will refer to again.