Congrats to Laurie G! I used a random number generator and you were selected to win Loree’s book. Please email me at heather [at] justagirlwithahammer.com with your address and I’ll get it shipped to you.
I started blogging and gardening in 2009, during the heyday of longform content. I quickly found Loree's blog Danger Garden. She introduced me to so many plants I didn't know and that I didn't know could grow in our zone. She also reframed a lot of plants that I had grown up with in California, which I thought I disliked. Her blog had a huge effect on my emerging gardening style and opened my eyes to so many new ideas.
In 2012 a reader wrote me and offered to swap some plants. She had a number of agaves and a toddler, a bad combination. Would I want to trade them for something in my garden?
|Agaves in their original location|
I had never grown agaves before but Loree gave me permission to try them out in my garden. And I mean that literally: I emailed Loree and asked if she knew what kind of agaves they were and should I put them in the ground? She told me she didn't know but that I should plant them anyway and then she walked me through how to prep my soil. Nine years later they are the anchors of my front garden.
If you haven't yet purchased your copy of Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, Grow What You Love, I am here to tell you that it's great. It's that magical unicorn of a book: equal parts inspiring and practical.
In a time when our gardens are more important than ever, she gives you permission to break the rules and grow what you want. And then she gives you great tips for how to work with any limitations you might have.
I should mention that I am a librarian and, after working in an academic library for years, I stopped buying books. I made an exception to my usual rule of "just borrow it from the public library," and I'm really glad I did. I know I'm going to return to it whenever I need a creative shot in the arm.
I am giving away a copy of Loree's book. Just leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. If you're having issues with commenting shoot me an email.
|Bonus Jean color echo!|
|When the next door house was flipped and sold they removed this ceanothus and I lost all the shade in my side yard.|
|Tree sized in six years!|
|Lonicera brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'|
|Festuca amethystina 'Superba'|
|Syringa patula 'Miss Kim'|
|Allium 'Purple Sensation'|
|Salvia nemerosa 'Caradonna'|
|Stipa gigantea 'Little Giant'|
|Camassia leichtlinii semiplena|
|Lewisia cotyledon 'White Splendor'|
|Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'|
|Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida|
|Cuphea x 'Strybing Sunset'|