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The Flower Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword by Suzy Bales


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The Flower Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword by Suzy Bales

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The Final Word on Flowers

Create the flower garden you've dreamed of with Lewis and Nancy Hill's comprehensive three-part reference.

Part one offers general guidelines for planning and preparing your site and maintenance tips for the flowers you choose to plant.

Part two inspires you with designs for 23 gorgeous theme gardens.

Part three is a 400-plus plant encyclopedia you'll refer to every time you want to try a new flower or need a care reminder.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is the complete guide to flower gardening as taught by a couple who learned through first-hand experience, trial and error and a little help from friends and advisers.” — The Washington Post

“[Lewis and Nancy Hill] … have again created a work that is fun to read, easy to understand, and so exhaustive it seems a veritable mini-encyclopedia.” — The American Gardener

“… loaded with advice on improving soil, fighting pests and disease, plans for theme gardens, a schedule of blossoming times, and an expansive description of more than 400 flowering plants. Lewis and Nancy Hill have compiled an excellent guide.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Lewis and Nancy Hill’s practical information on designing your flower garden is sure to make all your plants happy.” — Garden Gate

“It’s an all-in-one manual that covers everything needed for achieving success with plants.” — Country Decorating Ideas

“Using their practical experiences as hands-on amateur gardeners, the Hills share techniques they find most useful, tips they feel most helpful, and treasured plants they think most reliable for successful flower gardens.” – Booklist

“...this concise overview presents a range of possibilities for novices.” – Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
The Hills recount a visit to a retired farm couple's garden where "flowers were planted in neat cultivated rows, just like their vegetables." Comprehensive formulas for vegetable gardening work, as did the Hills' The Vegetable Gardener's Bible (which has 135,000 in print), but the flower garden is perhaps too broad a subject for similar treatment. The Hills are skilled instructors in basic techniques-a strength they use well in Part I. Easy-to-read text, a welcoming magazine-like layout and step-by-step photographic guides provide a solid foundation in flower garden fundamentals. Part II, "A Gallery of Gardens," is less helpful, with watercolors accompanying descriptions and plant lists for everything from a garden path to a rose garden. By trying to serve all needs and tastes, this section sometimes overloads rather than whets the imagination. In Part III, the Hills present "species-by-species information" on 261 perennials, annuals, bulbs, wildflowers, shrubs, vines and grasses. While overall the result is sometimes uneven, the handsome color photographs will invite browsing and offer gardeners a good, homey foundation. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Nurseryman Hill (Secrets of Plant Propagation) teams up again with his frequent coauthor, wife Nancy, to write an introduction to flower gardening that is especially suitable for the beginner. In Part 1, they cover the basics of garden design, soils, planting, propagation, pests/diseases, and maintenance. Their clear text is supplemented by boxed information showing gardening techniques step by step, illustrated with captioned, close-up photographs. Part 2 introduces 23 garden types, from rock gardens to water gardens to herb gardens, with boxes highlighting recommended plants for each. A virtual plant encyclopedia, Part 3 covers by scientific name shrubs, annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Most entries run in length from a third of a page to half a page, furnish a beautiful color photo, and indicate pronunciation, plant type, bloom time, description, USDA hardiness zones, propagation, garden companions, and suggested varieties. Although most libraries will already own books that go into much more detail about the covered subjects (e.g., garden design, water gardening), this concise overview presents a range of possibilities for novices. Recommended for libraries needing a general book on flower gardening for beginners.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174626
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 273,844
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning photographer Joseph De Sciose is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Country Living Gardener, House & Garden, and Country Home.

The late Lewis Hill, a beloved and best-selling Storey author, grew more than 20,000 trees on his farm in Greensboro, Vermont. He was also a member of the National Christmas Tree Association and the New Hampshire-Vermont Christmas Tree Association.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Joy of Flower Gardening

Chapter 1: The Fascination of Flowers
It Takes All Kinds to Make a Garden
• A Perfect Marriage

Chapter 2: Designing Your Flower Garden
Where Does Your Garden Grow?
• The Site That Is Right
• The Garden as a Neighborhood of Plants
• A Garden for Bouquets
• Using the Bulb Family
• Designing with Color Coordination in Mind
• Designing the Garden on Paper
• Ornaments in the Garden
• Illuminating Your Garden

Chapter 3: Nurturing Your Garden Soil
Evaluating Soil Texture
• A Look at Soil Fertility
• Sweet or Sour Soil?

Chapter 4: Planting Your Flower Garden
Putting In a New Garden
• Transplanting Perennials, Shrubs, and Vines
• Planting Bare-Root Plants
• Getting Bulbs Off to a Good Start
• Planting Annuals
• Moving Plants
• The Many Advantages of Mulch
• Living on the Edge
• Reviving an Old Perennial Bed

Chapter 5: Making More Plants
Starting Plants from Seeds
• Hybridizing Basics
• Layering
• Divide and Conquer
• Starting Plants from Cuttings
• Grafting Techniques

Chapter 6: Coping with Garden Pests
Chemical Gardeners vs. Organic Gardeners
• Insect Invaders
• Animal Scoundrels
• When Diseases Are the Problem
• The Fine Art of Weed Control

Chapter 7: Caring for Your Garden
The Joy of Awakening
• Planting and Transplanting
• Early Summer Chores
• Summer Care
• Fall Chores
• A Flower Gardener's Calendar

Part 2: A Gallery of Gardens
Down the Garden Path
A Fantastic Foundation Garden
Wildflower Extravaganza: Meadow and Woodland
A Rock Garden to Love
Don't Forget to Smell the Flowers
Great Gardening on a Hillside
Gardening in a Shady Nook
Successful Seashore Plantings
The Charm of a Cottage Garden
The Magic Spell of Water Gardening
The Multifaceted Herb Garden
Outdoor Gardening in Containers
A Deckside Garden
A Bed for Butterflies
A Five-Star Garden for Hummingbirds
A Garden for Plant Collectors
Create a Child's Garden
An Island of Flowers
True Blue, the Zenith of Gardens
A Take-It-Easy Garden
A Shrub Garden
Gardening with Groundcovers
The Romance of a Rose Garden

Part 3: A Feast of Flowers
An alphabetical listing of plants with species-by-species information on each plant's characteristics and how to care for it.

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    Braveriver lays down in her den and falls deeply into sleep. She never noticed a cat sneaking up behind her. The cat leaped at her and grabbed her scruff and shook her roughly before tossing her into the flooding river. Braveriver yowls in fear because she cant swim and her head goes under. The cat leaped into the river and dragged her out and placed her deep into the forest and lays on her ."miss me, my Daughter?"*he claws all the way down from her head to her tail leaving a deep gash on her. She screeched in pain and the cat leapt back onto her and grabbed her scruff and layed on her

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    Posted September 20, 2003

    Brilliant lucid garden writing

    I have known Nancy and Lewis Hill for nearly thirty years and have visited their luxuriant gardens many times. Their many easy to comprehend gardening books have afforded me valuable tips on how to beautify our yard. This work is a comprehensive treasure that offers excellent practical advice. The authors are knowledgable superb writers!

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