“Friday Reads” is a weekly (almost) blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work. Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read. Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things. Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too. No matter the source, good reads are featured here.
This week’s blog is written by Reference Librarian, Donna Burgess, who loves to garden.
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How to Window Box: small-space plants to grow indoors or out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit
This delightful book has 16 chapters, each devoted to a different topic ranging from Sunny Succulents to Edible Petals, Salad Bar, Herb Garden and even a Detox Box! Whether you are planning on an indoor or outdoor box, this little gem has ideas for you.
The combinations of plants and color schemes are delightful including my favorite combination, orange and purple.
Each section has a “plant with personality” hint such as painting your box an aubergine color to make the citrus colored plants “pop!”
Clear instructions with plenty of demonstrated techniques are often followed by a TIP. Individual photos of each plant include both the Latin name and the common one.
If you missed the fall planting time for Spring bulbs, no worries, the authors suggest planting your box with Nursery purchased plants.
A catchy little inset: When in Rome explains that “window-box gardening may seem like a new idea the trend has been flourishing since ancient Rome. Back then, sills overflowed with medicinal herbs and ornamental flowers so much so that the philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote, “Every day the eyes might feast on this copy of a garden, as though it were a work of nature.”
The Beach dune chapter seems very appropriate for Cape Cod window boxes. Inspired by the urban meadow High Line in New York, the suggested plants include fairy lily, blue fescue, purple fountain grass, interspersed with small stones or bark mulch you can create dramatic colors and irresistible textures.
Another hint: Create small vase holders in your box to add color while waiting for your plants to bloom. See page 126 for detailed instructions.
How to Window Box is in high-demand now, so put your name on the wait list. When it does come back to rest on our shelves, it will be in the NEW nonfiction area with call #635.9678.