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The author believes gardening in the middle South, where seasons have no definite boundaries but merge imperceptibly, could and should be a year-round pleasure. She takes us through the cycle of seasons, telling which plants are most suitable to which season. The book includes tables giving blooming dates of over eight hundred varieties of plants which were recorded over a period of years.
When I used to live in Raleigh NC (not 1/2 mile from where Elizabeth Lawrence lived), I used this book like a "garden Bible". I recall that it was one of the finest examples of garden writing I've ever read as well. Anyone would enjoy it immensely who loves plants and good writing. I must dig out my copy and reread it!
I absolutely love this book! I do not live in the south, but in northern CA. Still many of the problems are shared. what I like most of all is her style of writing, I feel that she is writing letters to me. what a wonderful woman and gardener she was.
I am happy to hear that her garden has been restored and that there is a foundation to keep it looking as she had it originally planned.
This was my first book for a southener gardener like me. I devoured it after yrs of making do with English books. This was 30 yrs ago. Although there are more current southern plants books now but this book is a joy to read about Miss Larwerences gardening life .