Late — And Early — Bloomers

Right about now, you'd settle for the flowers in your garden to not rot once they've bloomed.

But in a normal year, you'd be fretting because, come July, your irises have peaked but the lilies aren't quite ready. And you still haven't figured out what the delphinum's deal is.

Enter Lee Schneller of Thomaston, a landscape designer and author of "The Ever Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Bloom," recently published by Storey. Her technique was featured in a Fine Gardening Magazine, and she makes it look easy — even in this weather. Plus, unlike many garden writers, Schneller understands Maine's unique and demanding climate.

Schneller is known for her Japanese-inspired gardens, which are informed by her studies — she has degrees in Chinese language and literature and Asian history — as well as her experience living in Japan and working as a Japanese translator. Her aesthetic is tranquil and lush, and that carries over into her perennial designs.

This book is enough to make you want to rush out into your garden — even in this weather, and even if your thumb is green because of mold.

Lee Schneller will sign copies of "The Ever Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Bloom" at 2 p.m. Saturday at BookStacks, 71 Main St. in Bucksport. For more information on Schneller, click here.


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