Thank You

I love trees.

I love books. And friends and bloggers who send me books. Thanks Laurie, for all the great books you have lent and given me over these many years of treasured friendship. (The middle book above came from my dear friend Laurie several years ago. This is pertinent because it is the same author as the tree book. I knew it would be a good read when I requested that my name be put into the hat.)

I love seeds.

I love Atlas gardening gloves, and wear size small. And love the color chartreuse.
I love cool cards. I love artistic bloggers who make cool cards, like Jen of Muddy Boot Dreams. I love this card.
I love artistic bloggers who not only generously give away wonderful books with a name drawn out of a hat, twice drawn even, who send seeds that I would have picked right from the display myself, who send my favorite gardening gloves in my favorite color and in my size and draw delightful flowers on the card.

I love learning new things about the trees that I love. About the birch tree, Diana Wells says, “In both the Old World and the New, babies’ cradles were often fashioned out of birch bark, not only because it was light and waterproof but also because birch trees were magical and would help protect the infant.” Also, “They were probably the first trees to restore the bare scraped land left by the glaciers of the Ice Age.” And this was just from a random page opening. I love it.

Thank you so much, Liisa. If you are not familiar with Liisa’s lovely blog, Green Mountain Gardener, do go directly there this instant to become acquainted. If you know Liisa, go visit and tell her I sent you!

In addition, my name was drawn by Joy Brown, who so graciously sent The Modern Garden by Jane Brown all the way from across the pond. I shamefully admit that some time has passed without my thanking her properly. Please, do go visit Joy at The Modern Gardener and tell her I sent you, as well.

(The opening image is of the Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Garnet’ showing off its finery last November.)


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35 Responses to Thank You

  1. Edith Hope says:

    Dear Frances, You are obviously having a very jolly time – lots of good reading material, gloves to wear and seeds to sow. Jane Brown is a writer who I admire greatly. I can thoroughly recommend her ‘Vita’s Other World’ to name but one of her many books.

    Thanks for that, Edith. It is true that books abound here and I am so lucky to have them. The trouble is that reading about gardens and gardening makes me want to GARDEN! Sorry for yelling, but I need some strenuous physical activity and don’t do the gym. It has to be in the garden. I guess it will be another day of bundling up to walk around outside, in the snow.

  2. gittan says:

    Congratulations to all those lovely books, seed and other things / gittan

    Thanks Gittan, they are all wonderful things. I was thrilled to receive them all.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You lucky ducky. What wonderful reads. You have been mightly blessed.

    Lucky duck is right, Lisa. I am so very thankful for everything. πŸ™‚

  4. Randy says:

    Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning. Rain and perhaps snow is on the way AGAIN. I have a wren nesting in the porch I”m building, she’ll have to go by next week 😦

    Hi Randy, thanks so much. That makes me very happy to think of you smiling. Snow for us AGAIN as well. Arghhh! Poor little wren, isn’t it too early for nesting?

  5. Joanne says:

    An interesting but different sort of post and yes books on gardening are wonderful to have and treasure. Photos, knowledge, history, folk lore the only thing they can’t convey is smell a bit like blogging.

    Thanks Joanne. I agree completely, and love gardening books, rarely reading any other kind. I am obsessed with gardening and everything pertaining to it. Even more so when I can’t be outside doing it.

  6. Wow Frances, that is quite a haul. You are obviously lucky, maybe you should go buy a lottery tocket.

    Thanks Deborah. It was such a sweet gesture for Liisa to include those other things in addition to the wonderful book. I leave the lottery ticket buying to the Financier. I have never been much of a gambler. At horse races, I would bet on the favorite to show, (come in third), and rarely lost money! HA πŸ™‚

  7. Janet says:

    Frances you are going to LOVE the Lives of the Trees book. I got it for my birthday in January from my kids and have been enjoying it soooo much. I hope to get her other two books —maybe Mother’s Day??? My husband heard Diana Wells on PBS and told me about the Tree book.

    Thanks Janet, what a perfect gift for you! I hope you also get the flower names book, it is wonderful. Kudos to your husband for telling you about Ms. Wells. And watching PBS. πŸ™‚

  8. Darla says:

    “One of the overriding characteristics of gardeners is their propensity for sharing, be it divisions, seeds, advice, opinions, information or experiences, you may start a chain reaction with your deeds.” –Maggie Oster
    As you have Ms. Frances…great gifts here.

    Hi Darla, thanks for those kind words and what a great quote! Thanks for sharing it. I agree, gardeners are the most generous people, maybe it is that dirt under our fingernails. πŸ™‚

  9. Gail says:

    Frances, It’s lamentable that we live so far apart…We don’t get to garden together, shop for our gardens together and now, I can’t borrow any of these terrific books! You really are lucky and I agree with an earlier commenter…You might want to start buying lottery tickets. A very lovely post, btw. gail

    Hi Gail, I will gladly lend you any book you desire. You just have to come here to get it! Sometimes the luck does seem to happen, when it is least expected. I think that’s the way it works. The Financier loves to buy lottery tickets, and enter the HGTV dream home giveaways. I wouldn’t know what to do with the winnings, and don’t want the houses, they are way too big and not near my offspring anyway, so I would never win. He feels differently, but I don’t think we have to worry about what to do if we won. πŸ™‚

  10. Frances – what wonderful gestures from your friends! You’ve done a great job of displaying your treasures.


    Thanks so much, Freda. Opening the prize was enjoyed as much as winning it, for the perfect gifts included. It made my year! πŸ™‚

  11. Willow says:

    Such wonderful things. I too am a lover of books. Can’t get enough sometimes.


    Hi Willow, thanks. There is something about the paper, the bindings, holding them in your hands, the smell even that those computer books will never ever be able to replace. Not for me, anyway.

  12. Neat fact about the birches! Both books sound interesting. Oh and if you start buying lottery tickets as Gail suggests, I want in on the pool! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Dave. I love lore and myth, in particular about plants, so this is the most perfect book to help get us through the end of this too long winter. Sorry about the lottery, I am a tightwad and don’t buy the tickets, but my husband does every week. Sometimes he wins a free ticket. HA πŸ™‚

  13. Gail says:

    Frances, I am laughing my head off over The Financier’s Dream Home dreams…This is the first year I ever entered. I did love the home and think M could be talked into looking for a post doc in the area! Mr I might be a harder sell. Aren’t fantasies the best!

    You will laugh even harder at what he really wants to win, the Man Cave! I hope you win. No I don’t, you would be too far away. I know that is selfish. Cancel cancel.

  14. Rose says:

    Congratulations, Frances–what great gifts! Who knew when we started blogging all the wonderful benefits there were.

    I’d like to download that first photo and use it as my wallpaper–I could look at it for hours!

    Thanks Rose. Blogging has indeed turned out to be so full of bonuses. Who knew? Feel free to download any photo you wish, you have my permission. I was apprehensive about that maple after the severe pruning it got last spring. It still looks good, in spite of my hacking away at it, and I see a couple more branches that could be removed even. πŸ™‚

  15. GloriaBonde says:

    Hi Fances, what a beautiful thank you “card” you have created. Brilliant! It is a blessing to be able to be thankful and you are blessed.Gloria

    Thanks so much for that, Gloria. I am lucky and thankful, it was a beautiful prize and so thoughtful, both of them. πŸ™‚

  16. Sweet Bay says:

    I love the card with the watering cans — the Japanese Maple too.

    Isn’t that a fabulous card, Sweet Bay? I fell in love with it at first sight, and when looking on the back saw that it was Jen’s creation, I nearly cried with delight! The maple is looking good, even after severe pruning. Thanks for noticing. πŸ™‚

  17. joey says:

    A lovely thankful post, Frances. Love the Japanese Maple photo … its a beauty!

    Thanks, dear Joey. That maple is the best of the lot, by far. πŸ™‚

  18. Steve says:

    So what the heck is wrong with wanting The Man Cave? Sheesh. This sounds like a judgment based on the reverse of this – one of those requests from my daughter – “Dad, let’s go to the Hair Store. I need some supplies.” And you guys laugh at a Man Cave, hahahahaha.

    Hahaha is right, Steve! My husband can spend quality time at Best Buy, his most favorite of shopping experiences. What is funny is that he has already upgraded his man cave, twice even. But they keep coming out with newer gadgets aimed right at his demographic. And don’t lump me into the high maintenance category, my beauty routine is about as simple as can be, soap, water, plain shampoo, something difficult to find these days and moisturizer from the grocery. And water. πŸ™‚

  19. Stevie says:

    oh how lucky you are! The gift of books is the best gift of all. And I love the Atlas gloves – I can get them in small so they actually fit!

    Thanks Stevie. You are right on both counts. The small gloves are perfect, lets us do that fine detail weeding and such, while keeping delicate hands dry and protected. πŸ™‚

  20. commonweeder says:

    What a wealth of luck. Diana Wells writes wonderful books. I love the way the garden can take us down the paths of myth and history. I love Atlas gloves too.

    Hi Pat, thanks, it was a wealth, a good way to phrase it. Lore and myth are so fun, an added dimension to gardening. πŸ™‚

  21. I love plants of distinction co… always fun when they come in the mail!

    Thanks for that. I was not familiar with this company, but will become better acquainted now that I see what kind of goodies they offer! πŸ™‚

  22. Catherine says:

    You’ve been having some good mail days!

    Hi Catherine, you can say that again! πŸ™‚

  23. Here’s a book to read for the pure fun of it. Of course there is wisdom in it too: Crazy About Gardening, by Des Kennedy.

    Thanks Ricki, I will check it out. We are always on the lookout for fun garden books. πŸ™‚

  24. Phillip says:

    That is a beautiful Japanese Maple. I’m making a note of it!

    It is Phillip. Garnet has proven to be much better than Crimson Queen, of which we have several. Garnet is redder.

  25. Frances, lovely surprise to see my gift pop up on your blog! I am honoured and glad you like the book. Here’s wishing you a great spring (when it finally arrives!)

    Best regards from across the pond,

    Joy, The Modern Gardener

    Hi Joy, thanks again for the wonderful book. Do forgive the late acknowledgement! πŸ™‚

  26. Liisa says:

    Your Japanese Maple is heavenly. I am so glad that you are enjoying the book, as well as the other goodies. I had so much fun putting this package together for you. Your post was a delightful surprise, and such a treat to come home to after a long day. πŸ™‚ I must confess that I went back for some more of those ‘Frosted Chocolate’ Violas… not sure that I needed a second package, but I just love them. Jen of Muddy Boot Dreams is such a talented photographer, and I have so enjoyed these cards, I’m glad that you did, too!

    Thanks again for everything, Liisa! Opening the package and seeing all those goodies in addition to the wonderful book was so thrilling! I have two packages chilling in the fridge and the poppies have been sown in the greenhouse already. Those violas are so unusual, I don’t blame you for getting some more. Jen’s card was the cherry on top! πŸ™‚

  27. Frances, truly that Japanese Maple is stunning. I should have added one to my garden the very first year I moved here. Maybe this is the year that I get one.

    Love those gloves, I think that I must have 20 pairs of them, after working in the nursery. But I can only find 1 pair now, go figure.

    Your books look wonderful, and those seeds make me swoon. Especially the poppies.

    Thank you for mentioning my cards, they are a labor of love for me. And I am so glad that Liisa sent one to you. It is my absolute fav the watering cans.

    Congrats on all the wonderful goodies you have received.


    Thanks Jen, for making those wonderful cards. I too love the watering cans and have it propped up on the table so I can gaze at it often. Those gloves are the best, I have several pair, but wear all gloves out so fast, and always need more to have a dry pair to change into mid-gardening jobs. They fit the best of all the millions of gloves we have tried over the years. Do look for Garnet, if you can find one, when shopping for the maple. It is a beautiful red, but all of them are lovely. πŸ™‚

  28. What great goodies. I’m a big fan of Foxgloves. Ever tried them? I received a pair as a gift. Buttery soft and oh, so comfy. I never want to take them off. PS: Your Japanese Maple is breathtaking.

    Thanks Kate. Before we boarded the Atlas train, we were also on the Foxglove train. You are right, they are so soft, but they wear out quickly with the hard work we do, and get wet, making our hands cold. We need that waterproof material for the muddy ground here. The maple says thank you. πŸ™‚

  29. Jen says:

    Looks like you have a nice library! Beautiful card, too. One of my favorite books about trees is called “Stickkey Trees” – it teaches you how to identify 10 of the most common trees by the leaves/needles. I wish Stickkeys would make more nature guides.

    Hi Jen, thanks for that. It is always good to have books about identifying trees, and other things found in the gardens like ferns and wilflowers. I will look for Stickkeys! πŸ™‚

  30. What a happy post!


    Thanks Esther. It was with great happiness that these winning and gifts were received. Squeals of delight reverberated through the house when we opened the package. πŸ™‚

  31. Lady luck sits on your shoulder.

    I really like Jen’s (muddy Boot dreams) watering can card. I’ve admired that image before, it’s a good one.

    PLEASE post up about Penstemon ‘chocolate drop’ if it goes well. It looks stunning.

    Thanks Rob. The watering cans image is perfect, I have studied the composition several times already. If there is any luck with germinating the penstemon, so far we have never been able to do that, this will be the fourth try, I guarantee you will see it here. The seeds are chilling in the fridge for the recommended three weeks at the moment. πŸ™‚

  32. Gardening books never go out of style and never become dated, at least in my humble opinion.

    Thanks Clemetine for stopping by. I totally agree. πŸ™‚

  33. I’ve experienced your joy through gardening-friends-gifts, Frances…when I participated in Anna’s Gardening By Letter project. It was so much fun to get each persons package ready and send it on to Anna. Then when my own pkg. came from everyone, it was like Christmas morning;) Those seeds look nice, I hope you’ll show us photos of the blooms. I had a book giveaway last year, on Hellebores. Anyway, I got an email from Joe Lampl that he’s working on getting a rain barrel for the grand prize for my sustainable living project…so I’m extending the deadline, maybe even as far as another month out. I’m hoping it will materialize, as it would really be a substantive prize. It’s the Fiskars rain barrel. Anyway, if you would tweak your old post and reference this newest project & Earth Day’s approach, you could be eligible;-) Congrats on your great win over at Lissa’s. Jen was in our Gardening By Letter project so I’ve got a card from her as well:) Enjoy your book!

    Thanks for that, Jan. Good deal on the rain barrel, too. Hope it works out for you. πŸ™‚

  34. Meredith says:

    Oh, my, Frances, that first photo is just stunning. Who doesn’t love the trees? (Okay, besides commerce and the government and our culture in general. We’ll just have to love them that much more to make up for their lack!)

    Glad you won. πŸ™‚ You deserved it.

    Hi Meredith, thanks so much. I like what you say about us having to love the trees that much more, and agree completely. We can do it! πŸ™‚

  35. How wonderful, Frances! I have the book of plant names by Diana Wells, and refer to it regularly. It’ll be exciting to see your seedlings turn into adult plants and a new part of your garden.

    Hi Jodi, thanks. Diana Wells offers good and interesting info in an entertaining manner. Winning the book and receiving the other gifts really helped make the end of winter, it better be!, brighter. πŸ™‚

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