Now that we’re well into the new year, we’ve all had plenty of time to think about our New Year Resolution. I don’t know what your dictionary says, but mine says the meaning of resolution is to resolve something. How many of us have actually done that? Now…intention, consideration, contemplation? Those are better ”tion” words to use after the words “New Year.”
As for what my New Year “Intention” is, I want to, well…read more. Taking into consideration I have hundreds of books (all of which my mother has read!) that I’ve been contemplating reading, if only I put my smartphone down more often!
With that said, when searching for well-read gardening books, I require not only to be entertained, but to learn from it, and, to be visually inspired…and dream!
So here are a few books (that I would like to add to my already bulging bookcases) that fit my requirements:
- For Entertainment: The Botanical Treasury: Celebrating 40 of The Worlds most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and Manuscripts by Christopher Mills. If you’re a history buff, this book will entertain and captivate you with its historical botanical documents and illustrations. It also has the added bonus of a pack of frameable plant prints!
- For Learning: Lessons from the Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening Icons and What they Teach Us by Matthew Biggs. I’m very excited about this book. I’m really looking forward to learning about a favorite gardener of mine, Claude Monet!
- For Visual Inspiration: Instant Wall Art-Botanical Prints: 45 Ready to Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor by Adams Media. For anyone that wants to bring the outdoors in, decorate your walls with vintage illustrations from this botanical beauty. Just pick a plant (page) and slip it into a frame.
I, for one, have my own botanical photos, many to be exact, that my daughter has so graciously made into a photo book for me through an Online Photo Printing Website. Maybe someday I’ll get to frame some of my own flower/plant photos too….and so, another “resolution,” as some would say.
OK, so I confess, I now have to step away from the smartphone! Yet another “resolution” to resolve….sigh, I will have good intentions of considering contemplating that for the rest of the year! Although, with these books it won’t be too hard to do!
Here’s to some great reading!
“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.” -Josephine Nuese