Showing posts with label Books in my Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books in my Library. Show all posts

Thursday, March 22, 2018

In my Library - Der Orchideenjaeger

The Orchid Hunter, adventures in tropical America

I am quite fond of antique books, especially fairytale books and of course garden related ones.

The story takes place during the orchid fever, in the first half of the 19th century. Rich collectors in Europe, Asia, and the USA paid ungodly amounts of money for newly discovered orchids which they then named and registered.  The orchid hunters made a fortune with their expeditions into the South American jungles, digging up and pulling off trees any colorful flowers that may be orchids. They collected and destroyed entire orchid colonies so no other orchid hunter would be able to get that specific plant.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

In my Library - Garden Design A Book of Ideas


Garden Design
A Book of Ideas
By Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus



This book is a dream for garden photographers, simply beautiful to flip through the pages, enjoying the pictures and reading garden design ideas.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In my Library - The English Roses


The English Roses
Classic Favorites & New Selections
By David Austin
Photography by Howard Rice, Andrew Lawson & Ron Daker




This is a beautiful hardcover book, perfect for the coffee table. Famous David Austin Roses, who does not know them?
The third edition I am holding in my hands features an updated catalog of English roses with more than 20 additional new rose varieties and is an essential reference for rose lovers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

books books books


Winter in Florida, the perfect time to look through gardening books for ideas and inspiration. 
I just received three books in the mail from Firefly Books, so exciting! You know what I am doing in the next few days ;-)




Monday, August 8, 2016

In my Library - Creating a Garden for the Senses




Featuring beautiful pictures of gardens that appeal to our sense of sight, smell, touch and hearing  
by Jeff Cox (author and Jerry Pavia (Photographer)

The author says: "A strong and trusted intuition is a particularly great help in gardening," he notes, and, "sitting in a garden, it is not hard to believe that we and the plants are part of a greater whole."

A book to inspire with its great shots of even greater gardens. It talks about colors of flowers and foliage and making a garden composition, sweet scents in the darkness and walking barefoot in your garden, about Water's Laughter and Insect Music.

 And to get you started to garden for the senses, this book has a chart of plants by sensuous qualities.


Read more  about Gardening for the Senses in Myrtle Glen




Friday, March 8, 2013

In my Library - Passalong Plants

Passalong Plants

by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing

 a book by a favorite gardener/writer, Steve Bender, I absolutely love!


The plants are sorted into chapters such as 'Gaudy or Tacky?' or 'Weirdisms, Oddities and Conversation Pieces' and of course with the plant stories come the vital information such as size, hardiness, light/soil requirement and mail order sources.

I find so many familiar plants in this book, recognizing the ones I had received through forum trades with other gardeners. Strong plants that grow no matter what, but without a pedigree. The cuttings and divisions were sent with simply a 'grows well with no problems' attached.

The plants are not limited to just one growing zone, but I still love to read about them, even though they may not grow in my garden.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In my Library - A Cutting Garden for Florida

A Cutting Garden For Florida

"Grow marvelous flowers for bouquets in your Florida home landscape!"

by Betty Barr Mackey and Monica Moran Brandies


Perfectly organized chapters with detailed description of the plants, seed starting guides, propagating from cuttings and divisions, a guide to planting bulbs, a section on dried flower bouquets and so many more tips and information.

No Photographs, but drawings of the flowers. I don't miss them all that much, since this book concentrates on the how to create and keep a cutting garden.  If I want to see pictures, I ask Google.

What a great book for Central Florida gardeners, and the seasonal planting guide is just perfect!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book in my library - Container Gardens

"Container Gardens for Florida"


Another book I am adding to the blog category 'Books in my Library' :-)


Container Gardens for Florida by Pamela Crawford"


This well-organized book shows different styles of container gardening, lists suppliers for plants and containers and covers the different uses, like container gardening for sun, shade, salt, pool decks, etc.

The large plant profile section has details of the recommended plants sorted in sections, like High Performers, or the top 12 plants for each season.

The detailed instructions are easy to understand, and the many pictures are an endless source of inspiration.

Pamela Crawford's blog

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Introduction to Bromeliads

"Bromeliads for Home and Garden"


The Bromeliad Society of Central Florida had signed copies of Jack Kramer's book available for sale ;)

Bromeliads for Home and Garden

This book describes the most popular bromeliads readily available to everyone, I recognize many in the book that are growing in Myrtle Glen. With lots of pictures and helpful information this is an easy to use guide to growing bromeliads.

Did you know, the pineapple is a bromeliad? :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book in my library - all about Passis

"Passiflora
Passionflowers of the World"

Passiflora by Torsten Ulmer & John M. MacDougal


This book describes 207 Passiflora species and 31 hybrids (I'm thinking maybe half of all the passis) and has outstanding photographs. I love this book just for the pictures alone, but the information on the history, cultivation and propagation of those plants make it worth every penny.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book in my library: the must-have

"Florida Gardener's Guide"


The What, Where, When, How & Why Of Gardening In Florida


If you only have one book as a Florida gardener, this should be it!

Look up a specific plant, you find a good description, size, light requirement and growing zone. Next, it tells you where and when is the best time to plant this plant, how to plant and how to care for it.

The plants are sorted into categories, want to find a vine? or annuals, bulbs, trees? no problem with this book!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Book in my library - all about ferns

"Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns"


I love ferns, they are one of my passions!


This book by Sue Olson is a great guide with awesome photos making it easy to identify ferns.

The book offers instructions on cultivating ferns and gives details about colors, pests (watch out for aphids), and companion plants.

Friday, October 14, 2011

One of my favorite books





Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies
by Marc C. Minno

This book covers all about our native butterflies.  Identify caterpillars and butterflies, it includes even some moths, and learn what host plants each one prefers.