Let me just confess this right up front … I am not a big collector UNLESS it is roses, flowers and books about roses, flowers and gardening. And, I’ll confess to being a book stacker. I have stacks of books everywhere. Everywhere.
Every nook and cranny in the house. Then there’s the Potting Shed where the bulk of the books are. And did I mention we have a little Library Room and a book shelf on my garden porch and it just goes on.
I get so much from these books. I learn of course, but it is so much more than that. The books themselves make me feel attached to those who wrote them – even if they lived in another time period and they attach me to others that read these books too. In this time of social distancing, this is a huge blessing.
You can read how one rose and the book by the hybridizer has weaved its way into my garden experience in a marvelous way … HERE.
With time on my hands I even started counting my garden related books … when I got to more than I had roses, I stopped. I quickly moved to “who cares.”🤦♀️ Kind of like when I count roses for so long and then I stop because who cares about numbers anyway. 🤓 Am I right? If I need to know for some sort of census or the like … I’ll have Mr. G count. He always seems to know how many roses I have. 😏😉 I stopped at 200 or so. 👩🌾 Who cares indeed! 🌱👊🏻
So, what am I reading now? Here is my current stack. There’s never just one!
In March when we are so close to gardening time, many of my gardening books I read over and over and over – picking out my favorite parts to encourage me while I wait on true gardening days. Note: We have had so much rain and some snow too – enough that my garden has been flooded in some places and I don’t even want to walk on it. We NEED SUN and some warm days!
Both Chasing Vines by Beth Moore (link) and Live in Grace/Walk in Love by Bob Goff (link) are my “dailies” and are invaluable to me during a season that contains words like pandemic and quarantine. These two books teach, inspire, comfort and love me on every page. If you don’t know about the NIV Gardener’s Bible (link), it is a treasury of garden related studies, essays and historical information weaved through scripture.
What books are you reading? Anything you think I need! LO
When you need a break from books, check out what we are talking about on the Rose Chat Podcast … these gardening greats inspire me too. (link)
POTTING SHED PUTTERINGS:
🌱Celebration! 🌱 My Steak Sandwich tomatoes have germinated along with some other things!
I also was able to get my hands in the dirt while potting up some barefoot roses for our societies fundraiser!
Friends, I pray you are surrounded by everything you need.
Please take every precaution and stay safe. We are so blessed that through all of this, we have more time at home and more time in the garden.