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I guess I live close to the authors, and what they have to say is true. This book is also the most humorous book on gardening I have read to date! Full of ideas, hints, experiences and much dry humor. Perfect for me! Spectacular photos as well, they really make the book!
This book contains lots of ideas for gardening in high, dry desert. That isn't the focus of the book, however. It's a series of essays and columns written over the years by Rob Proctor and Lauren Springer. I particularly enjoy Rob Proctor's articles--I guess we are kindred garden spirits. (Rob, if you read this, you should know that as I work in the garden, I frequently hum: "I fought the yard, and the yard won".)
Yes, this book is certainly literary, but few tomes, however dry, are as edifying as this book, and you don't have to live in Colorado to find the tons of information applicable to where you live.
Each chapter covers a gardening subject with the most comprehensive lists you can imagine. For example, which climbing roses, named by cultivar, grow well in the winter extremes of Colorado - if I were starting over, even in Maryland, I would certainly draw from this list.
There's a chapter on rock garden iris with many ideas about what other plants to group with the iris (with attention to color harmonies, four-season presence, foliage contrasts, etc.), so that even though you may feature iris, you wind up with a garden lovely and interesting in its own right, with or without iris.
Every topic - herbs, cut flowers, city gardens, country gardens, forcing bulbs, late bloomers, the basement "greenhouse", each of the four seasons, garden construction, exactly what to do or not do with difficult situations or foes, and many more topics, is stuffed into this book with an incredible array of facts, but Rob Proctor's wacky humor keeps you from realizing you are learning anything.
The passion of both writers about gardening, and their great personalities, shines through all the prose.