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 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 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.)