Good morning everyone! Lorene Edwards Forkner, professional garden writer and owner of the Planted At Home blog tagged me for a book meme. While I don’t normally do memes anymore because I really hate tagging others, I like this meme very much. It reveals a lot about those who play. In fact, after reviewing my Google Reader, I realized Susan from The Bicycle Garden also tagged me for the same meme.
Here are the rules:
Grab the nearest book at hand (no fair looking for something intellectual, just what’s within arm’s reach of your keyboard). Turn to page 56, go to the 5th sentence and post your results – include the 2-3 sentences that follow to provide some sort of context. Then turn around and “tag” 5 or so more blogging friends to do the same.
Now, how did she know I’d have a book near my computer?
Closest at hand was Managing the Wet Garden: Plants That Flourish in Problem Places by John Simmons. It has been hanging out on my desk because its publisher, Timber Press, sent it to me to review. When I first received it, I wondered why. It was obviously about wet areas, and my land is anything but. I think, perhaps, the good folks at Timber Press were thinking about those areas in Oklahoma with heavy clay. After perusing its pages though, I’m glad they sent it. It’s a fine, scholarly work on plants which thrive in difficult areas, and we all have those. For those of us who live and garden in the central prairies, many of the wildflowers and grasses listed in the book will work. However, watch out for those plants which need cool weather. They will expire in the brutal furnace we call summer.
Now, for page 56:
- “The stately camassias can compete well with long grass but are particular as to the degree of wetness in the soil. If too wet, they die out (and if too shady, they do not flower). Camassia leichtlinii and its forms produce the most reliable flowering displays.”
This is not a book I would take to bed for nighttime reading. However, it would be one of the first I would consult before purchasing a new plant I didn’t already know.
Thanks, again, both of you for tagging me. I always think these are fun. Now, for that pesky tagging part. I’m going to wimp out and write that whoever stops by and wants to play, play on. Just put your link in the comments section (or Commentluv will do it for you) and we’ll come visit you.