If you're fortunate, you have a Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis in your garden. That's an eastern garter snake. And maybe a Vanessa cardui, a painted lady butterfly, or some Antirrhinum majus, better known as snapdragons. If you enjoy baffling friends and twisting your tongue around Latin, this very cool site Scientific Name will provide you with both the common and scientific (genus, species) names of many plants and animals.
Tomatoes Garlic Basil - Growing and Cooking
Doug Oster's hot-off-the-presses book Tomatoes Garlic Basil: The Simple Pleasures of Growing and Cooking Your Garden's Most Versatile Veggiesis a love story, one about discovering, sharing, nourishing and appreciating the rich relationships between Doug and his wife Cindy and their passion for food. "Tomatoes link me to my childhood, but garlic was introduced to me by the love of my life, Cindy." Reading this collection of engaging stories, planting experiences, and mouth-watering recipes is almost as enjoyable as having Doug working side-by-side with you in the garden. This is the first gardening book I've read that's also an excellent Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day present. St. Lynn's Press, $17.95. Paperback.