Viva Vita! 01-1

From In your Garden    by Vita Sackville-West How precious are the flowers of mid-winter! Not the hot-house things, nor even the forced trusses of lilac, most of which I understand come from Holland, but the genuine toughs that for some strange reason elect to display themselves out-of-doors at this time of year. The Winter-sweet…

Second Nature

In  Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, Michael Pollan achieves a unique feat. He manages to explore his subject with impressive agility balancing practical experience with theory, realism with metaphor, and logic with passion. Despite being something of a novice to the garden, Pollan is a quick study and ultimately manages to weed his way through the tangle of…