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Plants for Atlantic Gardens [Paperback]

Jodi DeLong
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Book Description

Feb. 4 2011
With all the special challenges associated with gardening in Atlantic Canada, in-depth information and genuine inspiration are even more important. Plants for Atlantic Gardens is your go-to resource for growing perennials, shrubs, and trees on the East Coast. Well-known gardening columnist Jodi DeLong profiles over 100 of the best species for planting in Atlantic Canadian gardens. Each plant description includes essential gardening information, such as growing requirements, hardiness, height, and bloom period. In an accessible, friendly writing style, Jodi also tells prospective gardeners about the plant's natural history in the region and shares her own experiences-both good and bad!

The book includes a hardiness map, Jodi's list of preferred further reading, and short sidebars on useful topics like soil type, native plants, and pollinators. Over 200 colour photos provide readers a great opportunity to truly assess each plant's suitability for their own gardens.

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Jodi DeLong is a freelance writer, perennially compulsive gardener and author of The Atlantic Gardener's Greenbook. When not working in her own ruthlessly abundant gardens, she's writing about, taking photos of, talking about, or thinking about plants, gardens, and gardening. Jodi is a contributing writer, photographer, and long-time gardening editor of Saltscapesmagazine, and also writes regular gardening columns for other publications, including the Halifax Sunday Herald and the .

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper! March 3 2011
Have you ever had coffee with a knowledgeable gardening friend and asked for advice? She shares her experiences, talking about the plants she loves and thinks you might want in your garden. You try, really hard, to remember everything she says. When she leaves, you rush for a pen and paper to write down as much as you can before it disappears from your memory.

By the time you've finished reading this book, you'll feel Jodi is that friend. The bonus is you don't need to remember everything because it's already written down for you. This is a friendly, very readable book filled with good, sensible advice and recommendations. I wish I'd had this book years ago when I started gardening.

I especially like the part about garden thugs. These are those plants that you wish someone had warned you about BEFORE you planted them in your garden.

My book has a used look after just a few days. There are many sticky notes marking the pages of the perennials that I want to add to my garden. Now, all I have to do is find a place for them. I think I may have to enlarge my garden...again!

I live in Nova Scotia so it's great to find a gardening book that targets my area. However, I think anyone living in Zones 2a-6b, whether on the coast or not, would find this a valuable addition to their gardening library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only for Atlantic Gardens Feb. 28 2011
The setting for this gardening book is one of the most beautiful locations in North America, situated on the northeastern tip of the continent, northeast of the US State of Maine. It is known as the Maritime Provinces or Atlantic Canada. Here is where family members of the 32nd president of the USA, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, spent their summers; it is the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, and of actor Donald Sutherland. Wise celebrities who keep vacation homes in the area include Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Paul Simon and Billy Joel. This picturesque swath of the continent includes the eastern tip of Quebec as well as the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick..

Postcards of Atlantic Canada's scenery depict blue skies, sandy or craggy beaches, green rolling meadows and high tides. Because it protrudes into the North Atlantic, it is warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps up from Mexico before making a right turn towards Europe. While this meteorological phenomenon keeps some spots in Atlantic Canada slightly balmier than one might imagine, it also brings the tail end of searing hurricane winds in late summer, usually accompanied by strong rains. Winters can be a cornucopia of every gardener's nightmare: - Snow storms are not uncommon in April, and winter temperatures range from thaw to deep freeze. Add to these climate conditions, hungry deer, slugs, and a soil that is rocky, acidic, and heavy with waterlogged clay and a challenging environment for gardening is created.

That challenge has been taken up by the author, who lives and gardens in Nova Scotia. This is where she test-grew hundreds of plants and catalogued a selection of those that thrive favorably under harsh growing conditions. Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for All Gardeners March 3 2011
We were privileged to receive an advance copy of Jodi's lovely new book to peruse and enjoy.
We both agree it is exceedingly well done. Jodi should be very proud of her effort.
Being fairly experienced gardeners, for us it was a bit like meeting many old friends.
The layout of the book is very pleasing. The design gives very consistent information for each plant category. We personally appreciate putting each plant 'in its place', botanically speaking.
Each entry has one or more images attached, so the visual aspect is very nice.
The plants chosen in both the Shrubs and Trees and the Perennial sections include both very familiar plants and quite a few uncommon ones. Choosing the "candidates" must have been quite a daunting task.
The Appendices give good bits of information in addition to that included with each plant.
If we were to use one word to describe the book overall it would be 'personable'. We think Jodi''s personal style comes across quite effectively. Her appreciation of the people who have shaped her as a gardener is very apparent from beginning to end.
We chuckled to think Jodi actually remembered and took to heart the fact that we consider azaleas to be "idiot proof".
One of the favourite pages is the Lavandula one. To quote a snippet...." lavender, pure and wholesome and soothing, quells the turmoil of our souls at all kinds of levels"....just the thing to beat the ravishes of winter.
There are a variety of book launches and signings on Jodi's schedule in the coming weeks. More information can be found on her blog or from Nimbus Publishing

We hope that it gets into the hands of all gardeners, not just those from Atlantic Canada.
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My copy of Jodi DeLong's new book, "Plants for Atlantic Gardens" arrived the other day and, since then, I've spent every spare moment perusing its colourful and informative pages.

You have to understand - I am not a gardener.

At least, I never was. I failed to comprehend the obsession that others expressed about soil, plant types, fertilizers, pollination, drainage and so on.

My claim to fame has been total ignorance of all things horticultural.

Over the years I've been fortunate to have lived in homes that came equipped with gardens created by other, more knowledgeable, souls. My only challenge has been to not ruin what had already been lovingly created by someone else.

Until now.

My patient, but equally horticulturally-challenged, hubby and I moved to a new home last year set on a small, and sadly barren, lot on the outskirts of Sussex, NB. Not having a clue about where to begin, nor the financial resources to hire someone else to do it for me, I reached out to a friend who would know where I should start. Jodi knows all about these things and generously shares that knowledge through the articles she writes and now in her latest book crafted specifically for people attempting to create beauty in the harsh Atlantic Canadian environment.

Her vivid descriptions of the physical properties and individual personalities of over one hundred "handsome and hard-working shrubs, trees and perennials", together with the beautiful photographs that accompany each, have given me hope that even I can create an oasis of colour and interest that can be enjoyed year 'round.
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