Kiss my Aster March 1, 2013

Free book Friday!

Who doesn’t love illustrated books? “Kiss my Aster - a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you” (Storey Books) by Amanda Thomsen is like “Where the Wild Things Are” for grownups. Grownups who garden or wished they gardened, or wished they were wild.

The book covers the basics: digging into the soil, picking plants, battling weeds, plus coloring pages are included to keep you engaged. Typical chapter—“Shrubs: the khaki pants of the landscape” is stuffed with a stick-on tattoo for you to use.

To win this book for yourself or someone you know who is just starting out - get in on the action in the comments section. Tell us about your most reliable shrub - or secret tattoo. Hey - what happens at Dirt du jour, stays at Dirt du jour. Just saying….

A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.


Your nameEmily says:

This looks like a great book!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:29 am.

Janet says:

Sorry, no secret tatoos! But would love this book!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:31 am.

Karen Cassimatis says:

The most reliable shrub for my landscape is the Lemonade Berry.  Although the original lemonade berry bushes were removed when the land was graded for building, new plants have arrived on their own.  What could be more reliable than a plant that invited itself in and will thrive because it’s in its native home?  It can grow quite large, but I have the option to trim it down or back, or open it up as pleases me.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:38 am.

Jenn Hoyt says:

I have three black roses on my back. Got them when I was 19 years old to remind me of who I am and where I came from. I’m now 38 and don’t regret a thing.

Good luck everyone!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:50 am.

Evelyn Vincent says:

High Bush Blueberry is my most reliable, and edible, shrub.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:16 am.

Donna Sweet says:

My most reliable shrub would be my Hydrangea bush. It survived being transplanted from Vermont to North Carolina! grin

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:16 am.

Karen says:

I planted butterfly bush in both my front and back garden… I love them… they attract hummingbirds and of course, butterflies.  I prune them way back in late January and within a month they are growing like crazy. They’re dependable, pretty and smell good!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:20 am.

Ellen says:

No tattoos, but I am grateful that both of my sons are terrified of needles!

My most reliable is California lilac.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:23 am.

Jennie Brooks says:

I don’t have a favorite shrub or a tattoo.  well, wait. does Rose of Sharon qualify?  I have an enormous, beautiful Rose of Sharon that draws pollinators and serves as cover for birds.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:30 am.

Your nameLisa Eldred Steinkopf says:

No tattoos at this time…...
I really love my Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’. I love all Chamaecyparis. I would love this book.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:36 am.

Your name Carol W says:

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I love my sweet almond bush - beautiful, small pink flowers first thing in the spring.  Lovely to see after a winter of snow.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:38 am.

Michelle says:

My lavender, rosemary, and sage bushes have not only survived the crazy weather we have had over the past year. And they smell delightful… And taste good!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:46 am.

Jeannette says:

I really need this book - I’m a very visual learner so it would help me.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:47 am.

Melanie says:

Our camellia doesn’t disappoint: It’s been loaded with huge, pink blossoms all winter!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:48 am.

Ginny says:

Want this book!  Looks so fun!  My most reliable shrub would be a Hibiscus that looks good year around and holds down the fort until I can afford to complete the landscaping!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:55 am.

Laura says:

I don’t think it is classified as a shrub, but my most reliable plant is an amaryllis that is older than I am (47). It used to be in my grandfather’s yard and now it has lived on my patio for years. This looks like my kind of gardening book!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 9:20 am.

Marsha M says:

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My most reliable shrubs are roadies (Rhododendron).  Evergreen, hardy, and they have beautiful flowers in the late spring.  And they will take some shade.  What’s not to love?  Well, maybe how leggy and unkept they get when older but they can be rejuvenated.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 9:39 am.

Victoria says:

I’ve always had plans for a secret tattoo but have never done it yet.  I can’t think of a place on my body that will still look good tattooed when I’m 84.  In my yard what still and always look good are the ti plants, which are big enough to be shrubs.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:30 am.

Amanda says:

I want to be clear that not all copies of the book come with a temporary tattoo, it’s a promotional item that just comes with this book. Don’t want to mislead…

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:14 am.

Laura M says:

My most reliable shrub is a small, low-growing ceanothus purchased years ago at Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, CA:  the best place to purchase native California plants in Orange County.  It’s also a wonderful place to find a bit of peace in our hectic area.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am.

Kristen says:

hawaiian bamboo, stands up to our dry, heavy winds and has great color in the winter for a place that can feel barren otherwise

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:44 am.

Katy St. Marie says:

My favorite shrub has the common name of snowberry. It grows abundantly in the pacific northwest, but my son shipped one from there to me in Blacksburg Virginia. The little balls of white dance in the wind in the fall. A most interesting and beautiful shrub. Very eco friendly.  Look it up!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm.

Your nameJoan Daniel says:

I have a beautiful dark pink crepe myrtle in my yard that blooms profusely every year here in Texas! They’re very popular shrubs here because they come in so many colors and take the heat very well! And a secret heavenly blue morning glory somewhere no one can see! wink

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm.

Jan Tubiolo says:

Gosh, only tattoo is are two dots placed for radiation therapy, but they’re all I’m ever gonna have.  I have two most reliable bushes, one, a ‘Sweet Afton’ rose that was already here when we moved in 43 years ago and the other a Pittosporum tobira that was planted as a 1-gallon 40 years ago that is now 15’ high and 25’ across.  My pruning is to break a branch off as it wanders ‘out of bounds’ and it just thickens and keeps on cranking beautiful, orange-smelling blossoms.  Love them both.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm.

Linda Mendelssohn says:

My most reliable tattoos are my eyebrows and my secret shrub is the Hibiscus.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm.

candy jennings says:

LOVE the title of that book!  and as for a wonderful perennial shrub - california lilacinae sp? - a native that smells so sweet and performs almost all year long - butterflies love its purple flowers - can’t have enough of these!  Thanks!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm.

Sheila Menendez says:

Once upon a time, I had a beautiful OLD Lilac bush, and my husband - being the helpful man that he is - lopped my Lilacs to hip-height, “pruning” it - and taking with the fallen wood the blooms that would announce spring. Sigh.
Oh for next year, I’ll forget about it someday….

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm.

Gael says:

How appropriate my little dragonfly tattoo is for this posting!  It’s not so secret unless you have not seen me in a swimsuit.  Little surprises like that are fun!

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm.

Shama D says:

I would love a guide to help me start having a beautiful yard!!

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 10:56 am.

amy castillo says:

What a sweet, sweet cover! Hmmm…no tattoos and my favorite shrub would have to be lavender. Okay, not exactly a shrub but I do love it and use these fragrant plants in the same way.

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:07 am.

Amy Andrychowicz says:

I love my barberry bushes. They are the only thing left of the landscaping that came with my house 11 years ago! grin I kept them because they are a beautiful contrast the the gray color of the house, and they feed the birds all winter long.


Posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:47 am.

Your name teresa says:

Your comment   My favorites are camellia and hydrangea.  No tattoos, no desire for what is now considered body art.

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm.

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