The Gardener's Year, by Karel Capek
A balm and a tonic is this book.
Capek takes the toils and the joys of the garden and holds them up woven in a fabric that reflects all life. His love of words and language are revealed even in translation; the rhythm of the sentences and the flow of the year wind in this book like a mobius strip - spring on the underside, always emerging.
Because of his sensuous prose and lifting optimism, I will forgive him his architype of the gardener as male.
Highly recommended to all who read, gardeners or no.