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Misleading Myths

As well as wonderful quotations, C. L. Fornari's handy book contains a lot of useful advice.

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"For years I have religiously cut a rose’s stem above a set of five leaves, but now I discover, unnecessarily so!" -Moya

I have had great fun reading C. L. Fornari’s practical and interesting book entitled Coffee for Roses and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening.

One quote from this book that I enjoyed is:

People love gooseneck loosestrife because the flowers are really lovely. That’s the plants strategy to get invited into the garden. Consider that those beautiful flowers just might be a disguise. Once planted this perennial behaves like Romans conquering the ancient world.

As well as wonderful quotations, this handy book contains a lot of useful advice. For example, I was relieved to learn that daffodils do not need to be dead headed as many are actually sterile and don’t produce seeds at all. Even those that do produce seeds, I discovered, don’t need dead heading either.

I was also relieved to learn that suckers on tomato plants don’t siphon off the plants’ energy.

Another nifty piece of advice I learned from this book is that one does not need to cut a rose’s stem above a set of five leaves when dead heading or harvesting roses. For years I have religiously done this, but now I discover, unnecessarily so!

If you are looking for a book for a gift for this Mother’s Day for a gardening mother, I highly recommend Coffee for Roses.

Notes: Coffee for Roses…and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening by C. L. Fornari, 2014.

 

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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