Three Vintage Gardening Books, One Naughty


It’s no secret I like to hit a thrift store, garage sale, rummage sale or junk shop on the weekends. One of the things I’m constantly on the look out for is vintage gardening books. Today I found a few- and one is QUITE naughty..

1. Making Things Grow by Thalassa Cruso 1972  I bought this because of her name and her pearls. The book has barely been cracked open before.It might stay that way.

2. Trees for American Gardens by Donald Wyman 1971 I love the color blocking on the dust jacket of this book- Also the hardiness zone inside the cover that shows Chicago as a solid zone 4 when it’s now its practically a 6.

3. JACKPOT! The Sex Life of Plants by Alec Bristow 1978  A little something for Valentine’s Day- I grabbed it off the shelf for the pure kitsch of it and didn’t even crack it open until I got home. When I saw the title page, I exclaimed "WHOA!" loud enough for the neighbors to be curious as to what I saw. Suffice it to say, it’s a bit spicy for general consumption so I’ll put it up in my Facebook page. Brace yourselves.

Forum, yo.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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