Duck Hill Journal CL

Page Dickey, Author, Linda Yang, Author, Linda Yang, Foreword by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (286p) ISBN 978-0-395-57783-7
Twenty-five years of keeping a garden journal--nine of them concerning her garden at Duck Hill in New York State--have given first-time author Dickey a keen eye and considerable experience with plants, weather, pets and pests. This paean to the garden starts in January, as she browses through books and catalogues. She makes a point of savoring her work year-round--forcing bulbs, caring for geraniums in her sun porch and watching as winter brings out her garden's ``bones'': those shapes and patterns provided by hedges, shrubs, trees, walls and walks. In other seasons Dickey boldly fills formal outlines with drifts of color and foliage. Her journal offers detailed descriptions and pen-and-ink sketches of plant varieties with favorite habitats and periods of peak bloom. Gardeners on a budget will appreciate her hints on how to propagate daylilies and astilbes, and almost everyone will chuckle at her description of how insidiously such ``thugs'' as violets can spread. The journal contains entries about her herb garden but concentrates on the interplay of color, texture and shape in the main garden, with asides on local flora and fauna, especially the feeding habits of deer. Also included are nine garden plans and a bibliography of classic and current garden books. Illustrated. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
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