Book Review & Giveaway: Coffee for Roses

June 11, 2014
I have had the pleasure of knowing C.L. Fornari for quite some time now. She is perhaps the most knowledgeable gardening person that I know. I cannot tell you how many times she or her books have helped solve my own gardening mysteries.  I was excited to be invited to her recent book signing at Country Garden and celebrate her latest release, Coffee for Roses.

First off, this book is just simply beautiful. C.L’s photography leaps from the pages. It invites you in, as she shares and reveals the truths about many gardening myths. In fact over 70 myths are featured. Their history is told and then systematically, C.L. enlightens us. I must say that even I believed many of these old wives tales that I had heard over the years. For it’s small portable size, this book is bursting with plenty of useful information and C.L’s wittiness (love that!). It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves the outdoors. Plus it’s the perfect conversation starter.

So what do you think? Do rusty nails turn hydrangeas blue? Does cedar mulch curtail bugs? Can you aerate a lawn with those funky spiked shoes? Do household cleaners make for good garden remedies? Does lemongrass repel mosquitoes? Does companion planting help plants grow better? I guess you’ll have to take a peek inside to find out.

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30 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Coffee for Roses”

  1. Hi there, I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. I've got virgin land that I'm starting a new garden on so I would love to learn the truths of all of the myths in "Coffee for Roses".

  3. What a lovely book! I love the cover 🙂 I want to know if roses really do like coffee!

  4. I love these kinds of books! I want to know why people are always looking for shortcuts in gardening. It's not like it is all that complicated: good soil, compost, sun and water.

  5. The book looks gorgeous and is full of good information too?! What a great combination! Do egg shells around tomato plants really help to stop blossom end rot is the garden myth I'm wondering about.

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