The Adventurous Gardener
After having recently read a memoir of Christopher Lloyd (The View from Great Dixter: Christopher Lloyd's Garden Legacy, also highly recommended), I'm rereading Lloyd's garden classic, The Adventurous Gardener (The Lyons Press, 1983), and remembering why I love it so much. It's a bit of a hodgepodge, covering everything from plants to design and garden maintenance, and it's important to keep in mind that some of the information is not relevant in the U.S., but the book is endlessly amusing and honest. Lloyd, who was known for his wit and ruthless opinions, never hesitated to say (or write) what he thought about plants or people. But he was also an amazing and daring gardener, and the book is full of ideas and inspiration, as well as laced with stories that encourage experimentation.
Favorite or New Plant
Corona Razor Tooth Saw
One of the garden tools I couldn't live without is Corona's Razor Tooth Saw, with an eight-inch curved blade and folding handle. Perfect for pruning small to medium sized branches, this saw has a chrome-plated blade for self-cleaning and to prevent corrosion, and three-sided razor teeth that are hardened for long service. The tool is ergonomically designed, too, and weighs only eight ounces.