Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lemon Verbena Lady's Book Review for Timber Press--Gardening for a Lifetime by Sydney Eddison

I have been struggling with planning what was going to happen in the garden this season.  The cold weather particularly did not give me a spark to do much.  I have always loved Sydney Eddison's writing and remembered that she had written a book about gardening at an older age called Gardening for a Lifetime from Timber Press.  Yes, I'm probably too young to be worried about this, but at the same time it is never too early to start.

Basically even before reading the book, I had started the process Mrs. Eddison went through by starting to clean out the house.  We still have a long way to go.  It is all a process.  Mrs. Eddison had begun to be overwhelmed by the garden and decided to start clearing the rooms of her home.  It helped her to focus better on what needed to be done in her garden.

Mrs. Eddison takes the reader into her life and journey of coming to grips with changes in her life (her beloved husband's death) and a beautiful garden that had become too much work.  You learn the history of her garden and how it was developed.  She also talks about two friends who go through changes in their lives and gardens and how they coped.  She gives tips for making choices about maintenance and suggestions of plants to make the garden easier to enjoy.

What I liked about this book is the Gleanings at the end of most chapters.  It lets you see the main points of each chapter and so you can refer to them when you need to in later times without reading the entire book.  This book has a lot of common sense help at a time when you may be overwhelmed by garden and life.  It is comforting to know that you aren't alone. With Mother's Day coming, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with the day to day issues in the garden.  Take the journey with Mrs. Eddison.  I think you will enjoy it and it may help you to refocus your energy in your garden.


Terra said...

This book sounds fabulous. I am slowing down a bit in the garden and the book sounds like a great guide.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This sounds like a book just meant for me at this time in my life.

I'm going to look it up on Amazon.

Happy Gardening ~ we are having rain, rain and more rain.


lemonverbenalady said...

Thanks ladies I think you will both benefit from its contents! xo

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Nancy dear,

This is a great review for a book by a great lady. A true lady. My friend is friends with her and cannot rave enough about Sydney.

I guess we're all thinking about making things a bit simpler–I know that I am, but I still keep planting and planting. Guess I'll clean out a kitchen drawer and ruminate on organizing and simplifying.

Love and lemon verbena kisses,


Thurman Vanderhoofc said...

Thanks for posting this.This is awesome!!

kathyinozarks said...

thank you for the review

lemonverbenalady said...

Hi Sharon, I got to hear her speaking at Cornell about 10 years ago and really enjoyed her and have always loved her writing. She is a great lady! Thanks for stopping by. A big lemon verbena kiss for you as well! Nancy. P.S. I was think about your beautiful lemon verbena in Cambria just the other day!

Thanks Thurman for stopping by my blog and your kind comment.

Thanks kathyinozarks for stopping by.

Connie said...

I think this book will also resonates with me. I am also feeling overwhelmed with the work required, especially in spring & fall . I'm 67 and still working 35hr as a library clerk. I'm hoping to retire next year, won't that make it easier to maintain my garden and greenhouse??? I 've been strict in not adding any plants, just wanting to maintain what I have but there is always that job of deadheading etc. However, the blooms, the produce, peace of the outdoors and visiting birds make it all worthwhile.I found your site when looking for uses of Lemon Verbena, this year my 2 outdoor mulched plants have yet to appear. I'm hopeful as they have emerged during the last 3yr. here in Comox, midway on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia,CAN.

lemonverbenalady said...

Hi Connie, I hope it does help you get through those overwhelming times. Thanks for stopping. xo Nancy