Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Too Early to Plant, So Take a Trip Through a Garden Instead! A Book Review

March has arrived!  It's too early to plant, so take a nice trip through the outback of Australia with this memorable book!  

 

Many of us are getting very itchy fingers!  We all want to start digging in the dirt!  That's not a bad thing, but here in my neck of the woods, it is far to early to even think about starting all those seeds!  So what's a bonafide gardener to do?  My suggestion, is read a book!  

By accident, I came across this book, "The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart" by Holly Ringland.  I was itching to get my hands dirty, I knew it was too early, yet I needed something to take that itch away.  Talking about flowers seemed to be a good idea.  I must confess that I got this book from the library (thank you Libby app.).  To say that it piqued my interest is putting it mildly.  Alice Hart's life is a story that has been lived by many people in some form or other.  Using her love of flowers, helps her to grow, learn, heal and above all live her life!  The flowers just help her with their stories and meanings.  They help her to express what she sometimes doesn't understand or can't put words to.  

I have always wanted to travel to Australia, but I'm pretty sure that I will only be doing that virtually, especially in these times.  So, I was getting rid of two itches at once (gardening and travelling) while delving into the pages of this book.

Trying to get rid of the itch to garden too early can be difficult, but this book took me away to places I have only dreamed of.  That helped me a lot.  Alice Hart (the main character in the book) grabs you right away.  You want to hold her hand as she traverses a new normal amid family secrets and stories that make life "Okay" again.

So many things are not spoken, and through the language of flowers, Alice finds a way to embrace what is going on in her life. 

Do Flowers have a language?  Oh yes indeed they do!  The first book I read about the Language of Flowers was a book reviewed right here by our own writer, Renaissance Woman!  I was so taken with this book that when I found The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, I knew I had to read this book too!

While enjoying the story, I also learnt of trees and flowers that require a "burn" in order to spread their seeds, birds of the Australian landscapes and flowers that we will never be able to grow here in the north.  In addition, the need to keep our hands off of flowers that will die when we pick them.  

I'm sure that you will enjoy this book as much as I did and it just might help you get through that itch, that for us is starting far too early.

Waiting till April will make our efforts of digging in the ground much more fruitful and successful too.

You can learn a lot by reading and hearing the stories set in far away places. When they are  a novel that is fictional, but interspersed with truths of gardening and the habits of flora and fauna of distant places, you know you will be changed.

Here's hoping that spring will come along in due time and our itches to get our hands in the ground will be fruitful and result in beautiful gardens for the year to come.
 
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7 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book, Olivia, especially for anyone who loves to grow flowers in their garden and is wishing for Spring to come this year. Thanks for your recommendation.

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  2. This sounds like a delightful book, especially for those of us who enjoy gardening. For me, there is something healing about working in a flower bed. I am not very keen on picking flowers either. If a storm breaks the stem, I'll bring the bud inside and enjoy it, but for the most part, I would rather let it live out it's life in my garden.

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  3. I love gardening and flowers and can certainly relate to wanting to get planting in the garden! However, it is still really cold here too so I need to wait just a bit longer. I agree a good book can really help and this sounds a very interesting read. I have wanted to visit Australia too so I think I would enjoy "The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart". Thank you for sharing this book.

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  4. I have met many wonderful Australian friends and colleagues on Facebook, and Australia is definitely on my travel “bucket list.” Since armchair travel is the only type I’m able to do at the moment, this book sounds very appealing to me. And, although I have no talent for gardening, I do love flowers! And caring for my sister’s lush indoor plant collection for the past few months (while she and her husband have been staying with my nephew in San Diego) and seeing them continue to thrive under my very amateur care has given me a new appreciation for the joys of cultivating plants (including a couple of flowering plants). I’m off to add this lovely book to my reading list!

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  5. This sounds like the perfect book for gardeners

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting book, Olivia. I'm sure ready to get out there and get the garden going, but we still have snow on the ground. What a great way to take the edge off. Thanks for the review.

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  7. Olivia, you have me intrigued with this one. Sounds really interesting from your review! Also, another great gift idea for gardeners.

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