The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur - I don’t read many self-help books, but sometimes a poem can carry as much wisdom. I especially like poetry collections when I travel for those brief moments in lines when instead of looking at social media on my phone I can read a poem. This lovely collection is packed with small gems of wisdom. This is one of my favorites:
“This is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in my arms as I wept
think of those flowers that you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom”
The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender - I am a grumpy gardener. I think gardening is a chore and I leave most of it to my husband. Bender is the garden editor at Southern Living, his mission is to “make gardening uplifting, accessible, and inspirational to all.” Plus, he has a sense of humor that is evident in every page. This is a funny and insightful A-Z glossary of gardening trivia and practical information. I plan to read it again in the summer lounging in my lawn chair while my husband is weeding.
Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Witting Albert - This smart mystery series has been blooming for 26 novels and Wittig’s writing just keeps getting better. The main character is an herbalist, each title has a reference to herbs, gardens or flowers (first one was called Thyme of Death), and each book bursts with fascinating details about herbs. Albert also has a historical series featuring the Darling Dahlias about a female gardening club in the 1930s.
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan - After the death of her husband, Paige Moresco struggles to keep herself and her family from falling apart. One day she digs up her overgrown weed-infested garden and plants vegetables. She lives in a conservative gated-community. Her neighbors are not happy. But she persists. The more she works the soil, the more she heals and the relationship with her teenage son is strengthened. This is a charming uplifting novel.