Monday, March 28, 2011

A difference in a few hours

What a difference just a few hours makes in the garden. The snow had melted and the Narcissus doesn't look too bad for what they have been through.
With the sun coming back out it makes me want to get out in the garden to do some little jobs that are on my todo list. I can't quite drag myself outside yet. Today I received a new book _Garden Up_ by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet.  This book is chock full of ideas for either a small or large garden. I have found so much inspiration here. Not to mention that I have a head start on some projects since I won the Succulent Living Picture. I don't know why I was surprised to see it highlighted in the book. You will have to forgive me for being a little slow on the uptake. Rebecca is a friend of Pam's. I can see why Pam was happy to promote her friend's book. It is a must have if you have any desire to Garden UP. The how to instructions for some unique plantings and the after photos are just marvelous.  Did I mention the beautiful photos??

Pam and Rebecca are in the round table group that gives advice about different garden related subjects. It is so much fun having some of these great ideas in a book you can peruse over and over again.
No, no one asked me to promote the book. As a matter of fact I waited until I had it and had a chance to peruse it to say one way or the other. I can say that it is a keeper. Now you will have to excuse me while I go look at the walls around my garden in a new creative way.

27 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Love those daffodils! Do you know what kind they are? They sort of look like 'Geranium' (my fave) but mine are always soooo late that I'm thinking they have to be something else... :)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

So glad nothing was damaged from that little snow you had. I will have to check out that book. The cover looks good.

shirl said...

Gosh Lisa, what a dump of snow you've had! Gone in a day too? (just like ours the other week) It's amazing what the sun can do and your Narcissi looked very pleased to see it :-)

Your book sounds a good read and quite full of ideas. Enjoy it :-D

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Glad your snow has melted and the daffs seem to be unscathed!

SandyCarlson said...

That book sounds great! Isn't it amazing how Ma Nature looks none the worse for wear? Your daffodils are gorgeous. Ours are on the way up. You fill me with hope!

Julie said...

Oh my gosh...look at your new flowers!!! The Daffs! They are perfect!!! Signs of some garden action!!! Your new book looks really great...I will look for it if I can ever get to the bookstore!!!

Lola said...

Love those Daff's. Must check about getting some for my garden.

Darla said...

Your Daffs look great! Don't you just love ideas that make you look at your garden area in a different light?

Cowgirl Red said...

Lisa, Beautiful Blog. May I live vicariously through your blog also? Spring eludes us here. Thanks for visiting mine. xoxo Terah

Rose said...

The best part about snow in March is that it doesn't stick around long. Looks like your daffodils didn't mind a little cold at all. The book sounds intriguing; I'll have to check it out.

Aerie-el said...

Looks like a great book, full of inspiring ideas. The picture of the succulents is gorgeous.
And your daffs are beauties. Hooray for Spring's arrival, and working in the garden again! Have fun in yours!

Annie in Austin said...

Congrats on winning the book, Lisa - people have been talking about it on Twitter. The authors seem to be lovely people and it sounded interesting.

But I'm not too sure how much gardening "Up" can be done where the snow is strong enough to bend & tilt the Casita! Most of the designers on the round table seem to come from the coasts rather than from the interior of the continent.

I hope the rest of your garden wakes up without a blanket of snow ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Cheryl said...

Ooooh Lisa, don't you just love a new book, especially when it is about your favourite subject.

Enjoy and tku for your words of encouragement re my little sale yesterday......

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Your new book looks inspiring!
I seem to need all the inspiration I can muster...it is only 45 degrees and a damp cold that just gets into my bones. I am admiring the daffodils from inside the kitchen!
Soon we will be in April and I just know it will warm up. I want to grow figs this year....
Sherry

Gail said...

What a spring you've had! Glad the snow melted and your enjoying those beautiful narcissus. gail

Marvin said...

Your Narcissus look good, no worse for the snow load they had to bare. Our Narcissus aren't even budding yet.

Pam/Digging said...

So glad you agreed with my book recommendation, Lisa. I found lots of good ideas there also.

Re: Annie's comment about where the designers of Garden Designers Roundtable hail from, it's true that California is disproportionately represented. But two members hail from the snowy Northeast and another from the Colorado Rockies. We do a pretty good job of mixing it up, geographically, and guest bloggers from different regions are helping us to do even better.

As for your daffs, yea for spring! Very pretty!

Layanee said...

This is the time of year when changes occur by the hour on occasion. Yesterday, the snowdrops unfurled and the winter aconite lifted their sunny faces to the sky. All was right in the world for a few hours. Now, tight, closed, cold, and waiting for rain/snow mix.

rebecca sweet said...

Lisa - Wow! What a wonderful review of our book, thank you so much. I'm thrilled you're enjoying it and hope you continue to do so even more after winter has left your garden! C'mon spring...hurry UP! I'd love to see photos of your succulent picture as it begins to grow in, too! Can't wait to see what you create with it!

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

I love that book, and I love Rebecca and Susan. Both dear ladies. I need to review my copy. Thanks for the reminder.~~Dee

Christine B. said...

My garden has no walls yet, more's the pity. Nor daffs either, that I know of, so I'm doubly glad to see yours looking so cheerful.

There's nothing like perusing a good gardening book:so satisfying!

Christine in Alaska, no new gardening books

Kylee said...

Isn't it a great book? I love it! I also love your daffodils. No blooms here yet!

SandyCarlson said...

Gorgeous! What a great shot.

Meems said...

Your daffs look so springy and bright, Lisa. I hope they cheer you until it gets warmer for you to get out there and Garden UP. I've heard a lot about this book... it is certainly the new wave ... to garden upward. I can't wait to see your inspirations.
Meems

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hey Lisa that looks like a great book ! and wow on those daffs ! I have a long way to go yet before mine will be that large .. the bulb circle is peeking out with mostly crocus .. things take a while to jump into high gear but once they do it will be great and then I can catch up with everyone.
We also found a way for me to finally be able to roast marshmallows without crossing a fire code (we can't have a portable fire pit here in Kingston) but .. we can have a little charcoal BBQ ! (we have a gas grill for the serious stuff, haha) So with the little BBQ I can finally have roasted marshmallows .. it was on my bucket list LOL ;-)
Joy

Kerri said...

Lisa, your snowy garden looks pretty, but we do want to see the last of it now, don't we? And more sunshine, that's what we'd like to see! We had rain and more nasty cold wind here today. Bah humbug!
Those daffs are gorgeous! Like Kim, I'm wondering what kind they are.
Your lovely new book will keep you occupied with gardening thoughts and ideas until you can get out there and dig in the dirt.

Commonweeder said...

Your daffodils are so cheerful. And sturdy. I've got to get a look at this book which seems like it is full of good ideas.