Garden Bloggers' Book Club November Newsletter

You all haven't forgotten about the Garden Bloggers' Book Club, have you? Is everyone busy reading the October-November selection... Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perényi?

Here are three ways to participate in this virtual book club for October-November.

1) Read the book and post something about it on your blog.

2) Post on your blog about what the following quote from the book means to you: “I can’t resist them and invariably let optimism get the better of judgment, which come to think of it may be the first principle of gardening.” Or if you don't like that quote, you might consider the quote I posted about the other day.

3) Post anything about the book club on your blog, even if you don't have time to read the whole book or chose not to read it this time. Think of it this way, if it were a real book club, would you skip the meeting and the chance to socialize and chat with other members, even if you hadn't read the book? No, you'd go anyway for the fun of it!

Once you've posted something for the book club before November 30th, let me know via a comment or email (mdg_blog AT comcast DOT net) and then I'll include you in the virtual meeting post on November 30th.

In the meantime, it is nearly time to choose a book for December-January. Leave a comment with your suggestions, or send me an email note. In a few days, I'll post a survey with the suggestions and go with the most popular choice, like I did for the current selection. If there are enough suggestions, maybe we can also choose a February-March selection, too! I love to plan ahead, don't you?

(The tree in the picture above is a Red Maple, Acer rubrum 'October Glory'. In my garden, the color doesn't reach a peak until November).


  1. Carol I do remember your book club last winter! I have NOT been reading much can't focus but I am recovering nicely so perhaps I'll give your book suggestion a whirl!

    Pop by as I am having a (((GIVEAWAY)))...of.........
    creative~old bags~ hugs NG

  2. Hmmm. I'll have to think of some books! My copy of 'Green Thoughts' just arrived, and I can't wait to get started on it!

  3. I vote for "Dear Friend and Gardener" by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto... just because I want to read it again. :)

  4. Carol: Love that Acer! I actually have that book so maybe now is the time to read it!

  5. Much as I read, I really should do this!

    How about:

    --Michael Pollan's Second Nature: A Gardener's Education?
    --William Paul Winchester's A Very Small Farm?

    --Robin (Bumblebee)

  6. I couldn't find a copy of the book for this month, so will give this one a miss. I'll try to participate in the next one.

  7. I haven't forgotten about it, but haven't read the last few. I will catch up. Do you know what I am reading right now? Well, not RIGHT now.. Mrs. Greenthumbs! I LOVE her!!! I found an autographed copy at Half Price Books. Too bad my name isn't Susan!! Consider her in the future. Chris

  8. Second the nomination for Mrs. Greenthumbs. I love her!

    I also would love to read "Dear Friend and Gardener," so I'm seconding Kim's suggestion as well :-)

    Now I just need to come up with my own suggestions...

  9. Carol, my Green Thoughts post is up now... you have some great suggestions up there: Pollan and Danz and Chatto - Oh, my.

    Your maple is gorgeous!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  10. Actually, I ADORE Mrs. Greenthumbs. I could re-read some of that funny stuff!

    --Robin (Bumblebee)

  11. I'm waaayyyyyy behind right now, Carol, because I have deadlines to get cleared up on Thursday, but I'll get both my book club comments and my Bloom day reports up by the weekend. Gotta do the writing that pays the bills before I can do the fun stuff that doesn't!

  12. Carol, I skipped doing the housework and got my review up. It's at

    I too vote for Dear Friend and Gardener!
    cheers, jodi

  13. I second Robin's suggestion of A Very Small Farm by William Paul Winchester. I loved that book and credit him with why I own Buff Orpington chickens. He's from Oklahoma too!

  14. I didn't think I'd participate this month because I forgot to check the selection - lucky me that I had a copy of Green Thoughts right to hand! I haven't read it all ... but like I say in my blurb (which is up now) I think it's a perfect book to peruse rather than read cover to cover all at once. Thanks, as always, for the invitation to the club!


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