Last week, Elizabeth Licata - member of the infamous bunch over at GardenRant - posted about a book that sounded really interesting to me - Native Plants of the Northeast by Donald Leopold. Her review of it made me want to add it to my ever-growing list of books in my gardening library.
With this area being the last in Ohio to be cleared and settled due to The Great Black Swamp, it's rich in all kinds of native plants in those areas that remain. Because the major occupation here is farming, the wooded areas are small and scattered, but they're largely untouched. We walk the woods here on a regular basis and we're always on the lookout for new natives we haven't seen before.
As I continued to read down through Elizabeth's post, to my delight she made a contest of things by offering her duplicate copy of the book to the first person who could identify three native plants that she described. I knew what two of them were right away, because we grow them here at Our Little Acre. I had to do some searching to figure out the third one. I made my guess and what do you know - I won the book!
I received it a couple of days ago and I want to express a huge "Thank you!" to Elizabeth for sharing this jewel! Be assured it will be well-read and used as we begin another year of exploring our native woodlands and river banks.
Because so many people have been so generous with me throughout the blogosphere, I want to pay it forward by giving away a book myself. I too have a duplicate copy of a gardening book and I'll send to one of my readers.
In Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, author Diane Ackerman shares her observations of her garden in an engaging way. These essays will have you looking at your own garden in a new way and appreciating things about gardening that you may previously have taken for granted. The copy I have to share is the hardcover version of the above pictured paperback.
Now - how to qualify? Leave a comment on this post telling me which of my posts since I started blogging on January 1, 2007, is your favorite and why. I'll draw a winner on Monday, March 10th, using the random number chooser program.