What’s on the top of your reading stack?
I keep a stack of gardening books on my nightstand. Doesn’t every gardener? And on the floor nearby is a basket of seed catalogs and garden magazines. If it isn’t by your bed, maybe your book stack is next to your favorite chair? Regardless of where it is, if you are a gardener, you have one.
I love to dip in and out of these books late in the evening, even at the risk of getting overly excited about some new garden idea or thought and not being able to fall asleep.
On the top of the stack right now is Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols edited by Roy C. Dicks sent to me by Timber Press
Beverley Nichols wrote eight books about gardening and gardens, in addition to many other types of books, and we have Roy Dicks to thank for making them accessible to us today. Dicks has selected bits and pieces of the best of Nichols' garden writings and put them all together in Rhapsody in Green, giving those of us who haven’t read any of Nichols' books a good taste of his writings on all things gardening.
Dicks arranged his selections of Nichols' writing by topic, giving us chapters such as ‘A Cultivated Climate’, ‘Secrets of Success’, and ‘In the Beginning'.
In the chapter 'Who Does Your Garden Grow', I found this quote:
“Every gardener has a strange and romantic tale to tell, if you can worm it out of him – of blue flowers that came up yellow, or of a white lily that sinned in the night and greeted the dawn with crimson cheeks. In the strong heart of every gardener, some wild secret stirs.”
“Wild secrets stir” in every chapter, making Rhapsody in Green a good read, perfect for dipping in and out of, in the waning hours of a day or anytime.
I wonder what gardening books are on other gardeners’ nightstands? My stack varies with the seasons and includes a variety of compilations from several garden writers. For now, though, I think I’ll keep Rhapsody in Green on top. It’s a good addition to my reading world, and has finally introduced me to Beverley Nichols, whose books are now considered classics in garden writing.