Soak it up
HolidaY reading for fertile minds
The end of the year signals a change of tempo for gardeners, from the frenzied pace of spring to the more somnolent days of summer. As it gets hotter, the more demanding projects are postponed. New plantings, except in the vegetable garden, are better left until autumn, and heavy pruning is best avoided. Watering is more important than ever, but that’s a pleasant task in the early mornings.
This slowing comes as we anticipate the holiday period and an easing of our busy work lives. There’s time for some holiday reading to soak up ideas and inspiration – time to dream, plan and learn rather than just do. There’s always a rash of garden books published in spring but I think their value comes now as Christmas gifts.
Among those that have featured in this column over spring are several drool-worthy books on Australian gardens. Photographer Simon Griffiths says his Garden Love (Thames and Hudson, $60) is about “plants, dogs and country gardens”. As you’d expect, it’s the images that wow but his words on the 22 private gardens around