Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What I Read July

I don't often stumble across a book and say, " YOU GOTTA READ THIS."  Well, I stumbled across and read this book, The Orchard House: How A Neglected Garden Taught One Family How To Grow  by Tara Austen Weaver and I want to tell everyone!!! This is the one time that the hot reads table actually pays off at the library.

Growing up were you intrigued by the book the Secret Garden?  Do you have complicated relationships?  Do you enjoy gardening?  Do you love to help the little people in your life explore the outdoors?  Well this book hits all of these sweet notes. Tara writes a moving memoir about her and her mom's garden in Seattle.  Her mom purchased a distressed property with an amazing overgrown garden.  Tara discusses how her relationships changes and how it relates to the garden that her mom and her are creating.

Tara reminds me that gardens have stories and those stories are about us. I  read this while at my mother in law's house. I felt like I was inside this book in some ways. I felt a strong personal connection to Tara's story even though it doesn't really mirror my own . While I read this story I was in my mother in law's garden doing a little of this and that.  My youngest and I were picking her cherries. Tara spends a lot of time with her nieces and nephew in the garden.

So I thought I would share a little story of my mother in law's garden. She bought a house with a large yard that she has been making her own.  We call the house the butter house for the yellow color. My mother in law is the ultimate seed saver and distressed plant buyer.  Here back yard is not ideal but she has terraced and made the best of yard she has. She added a cherry tree, blue berry bushes, lots of cool plants,  a container garden on her deck etc. She has transformed it. The book Orchard House reminds gardens are work and so are relationships.

Tara blogs at Tea and Cookies. This book also checks off my read something from 2015 in the Reading Challenge.

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit. Check out what everyone is reading.


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