Pelargoniums: A Gardener's Guide to the Species and Their Hybrids and Cultivars

Pelargoniums: A Gardener's Guide to the Species and Their Hybrids and Cultivars

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by Diana Miller
     
 

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An essential gardener's reference describing over 200 pelargonium species in a diversity of habit, shape, size, and color. Botanical descriptions are arranged alphabetically and include cultivation notes and distinguishing characteristics accompanied by over 100 leaf silhouettes. In addition to cultivated plants, the volume identifies species in native habitats and provides a history of the genus from its wild roots in South Africa to its introduction to the cultured gardens of Europe and America in the 17th century. Includes beautiful color photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780881923636
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.86(d)

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Pelargoniums 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book and would not recommend it for the average gardener or plant enthusiast. I studied Horticulture and Agriculture in college and felt like I was reading another college textbook- and the price was similar also. I guess that I had hoped I would be getting a real gem for $30.00, but instead I was let down. There was a lot of explanation of the history of Pelargoniums and geraniums and it was interesting in a textbook sort of way. I felt myself drawn to the color photos but disappointed that there weren¿t more. The different varieties were listed by scientific names and most gave no mention of a common name, which is what we most likely have to go by when looking for information on an unfamiliar plant. I think that including this information would have been much more practical. I could have done without the ¿African climate and rainfall¿ section and would have enjoyed a section on care and propagation/pruning. The leaf illustrations were also done in black and white, when many of the varieties are well known for their leaf colors. Luckily I also purchased another book on this subject, and was much more satisfied with its content and price. I would Highly Recommend ¿Growing Pelargoniums & Geraniums- A Complete Guide¿- By Beryl Stockton, Geoff Stockton, and John Mason. It is beautifully done and includes everything that I desired in the above, much more expensive book. They explained the differences between Pelargoniums and Geraniums, and between Zonals and Regals. There were color photos, common names, easily understood categories, and an entire section on care- from pruning to propagation, watering to soil recommendations, greenhouses to gardens, diseases and insects. There was also a section on display/landscaping tips- all with color photos. Not to mention it was only $12.76. I encourage you to check it out!