Pam is well know in blogging circles for her blog, Digging, and for hosting the monthly meme, Foliage Follow-Up, where the non-flowers in our gardens are given their just due. The idea of turning the American obsession with grass into an earth-friendlier approach has been gathering steam for some time. Here we have a practical guide to the whys and hows of the grassless revolution.
Many of Pam’s followers have already sung the praises of the book’s fine photography, supporting the ideas for alternatives to traditional lawns. They note that the book breaks down the planning and execution of lawn replacement into easily identifiable choices and steps. I second all that. Where I diverge, and feel that I have something to add to the conversation, is this: Pam is a wordsmith. She is highly readable. Scattered throughout the text are gems like this:
‘Devil’s Shoestring’ (Nolina lindenhameriana) puddles on the ground like a shrugged-off party dress.
So by all means, read this book for the useful information it contains, but do not fail to revel in the language. It will deliver every bit as much literary satisfaction as the novel on your bedstand.
Oh, no! Now, even if Pam has little to impart to me about replacing my weedy lawn in deep shade, I will need to buy this book for the lovely prose. Okay, I give…off to Powells!
Jane~You won’t be sorry.
Oh, Ricki, I’m blushing! I am so glad you enjoyed my quirky analogies. Thank you for your review, and for sharing it on Amazon.
I just ordered my copy and can’t wait to read it!
Peter~Glad I could bring it to your attention.
Bravo Pam! What a proud moment for you. Thank you for your review Ricki. Looks like a winner.
I love removing lawn to make room for better things. I might just have to check it out. Lots of native plants in the book?
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Grace~Can’t wait for the chance to write one for you!
Nicholas~More about the big picture, with a few starter plants for each area of the country.
Dale~Thanks for the tip (and link). I will definitely check it out.