Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Flora, by Nick Knight (Abrams Publishing, 2001; $29.95), is a book of exquisite photographs, but more than that, it's a book of botanical history. Each particular plant has a full-page color plate in the beginning of the book, each suitable for framing. The photos are contemporary in design but botanically correct in every way. The second half of the book contains a thumbnail of each photo and a column of fascinating history for each illustrated plant. I found the text most interesting.
Clever Gardening Technique
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Attach a piece of wire to one end of a pine cone. Next, spread peanut butter all over the pine cone, then roll in wild bird seed and hang in the garden. Pine cone bird feeders are great projects for kids, but keep in mind, it's messy!