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Gardening in the Shade


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What are those weird signs of life on the woodland floor in earliest spring, those strange outcroppings among the sere brown leaves in moist low spots? Skunk cabbage in embryo! Soon the whole locality will burst forth with absurd green tufts, and once more the woodland comes into its renaissance.

Garden gargoyles lend humor to Nature?s propriety. In free spots which are wild and unpruned let us leave undisturbed those touches which amuse us as we pass them by. Have we a tree whose form bends and twists into strange patterns, or a gnome in the forest? Let us humor it and give it a place of honor...

Let us not hastily tear down and uproot strange growths, which in early spring seem to hold no promise. On the sunny fringe of a dense forest in Japan I once saw, clambering up into the tall trunked evergreens, a vast expanse of wild tangled vine, like a fantastic openwork curtain screening the woodland. Two months later, passing that same spot and remembering, I looked again to see my vine now come to life, festooning the pines, all dripping with purple wisteria in ripe bloom.

Little drifts of toadstools, now we seem them, now we don?t. Pert, illusive things which pop up after the rains, and disintegrate as quickly as they came. They are brilliant, they are drab, some with pebbly domes, others of long legs and rakish tops--orange, fawn, gold, pink and speckled ones too. And what of the varied fungus strata, colorful excrescences which break out on trees?

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Morse, Harriet
Timber Press (OR)
Morse, Harriet K.
Portland, Ore. :
Gardening in the shade
Shade-tolerant plants
Gardening-Shade Gardening
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Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
vol. XII, no. 1
Publication Date:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1.06 lb

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Product details 260 pages Timber Press (OR) - English 9780917304163 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , How to grow a variety of plants in shady conditions.
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1939 and considerably expanded and revised in 1962, Gardening in the Shade is the standard work on the subject. For generations gardeners who have faced the challenges of growing an interesting variety of plants in shady conditions have turned to this classic little book for suggestions and solutions.
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