As you can tell by my last few posts I'm getting a little itchy for spring. I'm excited to see what plants survived the winter and to put some more work into my new garden.
However, I still have a long way to go until it's time.
One of the things that will tide me over until I can get my fingers in the dirt is reading my gardening magazines and getting ideas. And, of course, browsing around online.
I just renewed my subscription to Garden Gate Magazine for 2 more years and I can't wait until the next issue arrives!
But as it gets closer and closer to spring the thing that really gets me in the mood to get out there and play in the dirt is reading my favorite book.
I have to tell you outright, this is not a sponsored post, nor is it an affiliated post. I just truly love this book.
|Out in the Garden - Growing a Beautiful Life|
I found Dean Riddle's book quite by accident the first year I moved up to the country from New York City. I was browsing around in a little village called Phoenicia and wandered into a super cute home store called The Tender Land Home. The book was on display and I snatched up a copy to give it a read.
And I was completely and totally hooked.
The author, at the time of writing, was splitting his time between an apartment in NYC and a small rental cottage near Phoenicia. Despite not owning the cottage he put in the most lovely garden that has been featured in many, many publications through the years.
|Dean Riddle's Garden|
I was fortunate enough to visit Dean's garden during a garden tour that first summer I lived in the Catskills and I fell instantly in love. I could very easily spend every waking moment in that garden and never grow tired of it.
Dean's book is about so much more than just gardening. It's very much about the connection between yourself and the environment around you. He has been living simply and mindfully for many years, and inspires me greatly to do the same. He embraces the beauty around him and the quiet simplicity of a country life.
|Dean Riddle's Garden When Dormant|
Dean's garden is equally beautiful when at rest, which is the hallmark of a truly talented gardener.
|Dean Riddle's Garden When Flowering|
When it's in flower the garden is beyond beautiful. It's a riot of color and texture - I could spend hours examining every plant, every combination of color and form.
|Dean Riddle's Garden|
Dean's writing is beautiful and poetic and he weaves stories of his life among stories of his garden and humble home in the Catskills.
I hope to be able to incorporate even a small portion of Dean's incredible garden style into my new garden.
And I hope that you give Dean's book a read.
And that when you turn that final page you put the book down with a sigh and the urge to read it all again from page one.
I'm very much looking forward to my pre-spring ritual.