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REVIEW: Growing Pains by Patricia Thorpe

Posted by ocbird 9CA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 31, 04 at 14:05

A very funny and well written book about the "adolescent" and "mid-life crisis" of maturing gardens...

she grabbed my attention and gave me a laugh with the first chapter, where she writes...

"There are the early years when the trees are spindly and still have their labels fluttering in the wind.... then there are the years of encouragement . . . the short span during which perennials actually come back every year and the botrytis doesn't come back with them.... this is frequently a period of happy, headlong overexpansion when, buoyed by living evidence of our early success, we plunge heavily into roses...."

boy, can i relate!

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RE: REVIEW: Growing Pains by Patricia Thorpe

That is a great quote.

Is it a book of essays?

RE: REVIEW: Growing Pains by Patricia Thorpe

nope, its more of a 'how to' guide for managing a developing garden. After the 1st couple of chapters, it becomes less unique, just the usual generic garden info.

I have it and I've read it a few times, if anybody wants it.

It does have some basic info, but some people (some of them are landscapers, too) need to be told it seems that not every plant is purchased, that age can be a good thing.
We have WAAAY too many clowns around here that come in and hack everything to the ground and then haul in the black nursery pots (in the Garden District, mind you, where there are such wonders as thirteen foot high boxwood TREES, not to mention the oaks which will die if too many roots are cut while you put in that pool that you'll never swim in.)

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