As fate would have it, when author Benjamin Vogt offered two free copies of his new book, Sleep, Creep, Leap through the GardenRant blogsite, I was one of the lucky winners. Evidently, God doesn't deem me worthy of a big PowerBall Lottery pot, but He does follow my gardening interests and decided to help me out a little in that regard. My providence perhaps wasn't as lucky for Dr. Vogt, since I have been aware of his marvelous blog for some time and knew that publication was imminent, and so he lost at least one sure purchaser of his book since I would have eventually purchased a copy on my own. However it happened, I'm ecstatic to have received an autographed copy direct from the Benjamin.
Some quotes from Sleep, Creep, Leap that tickled my fancy:
"For what seemed the first time, I was discovering what it meant to spend eight hours a day in a place without knowing I had."
"Sometimes, I come home feeling guilty. I didn't really need to buy so many plants or even any plants at all.....And when I return home I hide them behind a shrub, and sometimes plant them when I know my wife's in the shower or away at work."
"I want to say, gee, Ryan, Jim, Steve, whatever your name is, all the synthetic fertilizer you spread four times each summer is a waste....You're just giving money to corporate drug dealers."
"The next day, after much deliberation, fighting my instincts and loathsome attitude tpward most annuals, I headed out with pot and spade and dug up the cosmo. I put it in the back of the garage hoping it might survive winter, that we both might."
So to my readers I say, pick this one up on a coming cold Winter day when reading about a ruby-throated hummingbird or Helianthus 'Lemon Sky' will be the closest you're able to get to either one. And to Benjamin, I say, Well Done, your wife was right about you scissoring grasshoppers, it is okay to be a plant snob, I sneak plants from my wife also, and, you really should make love in your garden (perhaps under cover of the roar from Mr. Mows All The Time). It's obvious that you want to buddy.