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14/01/2017

Bulbs etc

Bowles -  Crocus & Colchicum
1924 . 9 ½ x 6 ¼ 222 pages plus 18 pages of B&W illustrations
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: 1955 Garden Book Club reprint of the 1952 revised edition, Quite a worn dust jacket with some tears and folds to the dust jacket, and some tanning to the page edges., Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)3.00
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View larger image of 'Bulbs - Revised edition'Bryan -  Bulbs - Revised edition
The single volume revised edition (which is surprisingly light) of the well respected book from someone who has grown the plants for 50 years. 230 genera are covered, and over 1100 colour illustration provide a focal point supplementing the descriptions and other information packed in to the book. 2002 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 524 pages plus 340 pages of colour photos and botanical art reproductions.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £65), New
Price: £(GBP)45.00
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Bryan, John -  Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bulbs
An attractively produced compact guide to 700 types illustrated with 300 colour photos, and concise descriptions and cultivation information. 2005 8 ½ x 6 227 pages
 
Cover: Plastic
Comments: , Very slight wear to cover (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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Cover: Plastic
Comments: , Slight wear to cover (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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Cover: Plastic
Comments: , Slight fault on cover. (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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de Vos, Miriam P -  The Genus Romulea in South Africa
A technical revision of the genus which recognises 68 species which are described and illustrated with sketches and about 8 pages of coloured botanic art/photos. 1972 9 ½ x 7 ¼ 307 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , No dust jacket (as published?), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)70.00
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Duncan -  Growing South African Bulbous Plants
An introductory book illustrated with sketches. 1996 11 ½ x 8 ¼ 32 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight bump to corner, New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Dykes -  Irises
No 11 in the “Present-Day Gardening” series, this undated (1920’s?) book describes the various type of Irises, and has 8 colour photos 8 ½ x 6 ¼ 110 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight foxing, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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View larger image of 'Calochortus - Mariposa Lilies & Their Relatives'Gerritsen & Parsons -  Calochortus - Mariposa Lilies & Their Relatives
These striking and challenging bulbs should become more popular with this attractive account of them, which shows the wide range of forms and colours as well as information on their habitat, classification and cultivation. Well illustrated with many colour photos. 2007 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 232 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight wear to the dust jacket (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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Glasgow, Karen -  Irises - a Practical Gardening Guide
A guide to growing the species suitable for milder climates (the author lived in NZ) which considers the ways to incorporate them in the garden, and explains the various types illustrated with colour photos. 1997 9 ¾ x 7 104 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'Bulbs for Garden Habitats'Glattstein, Judy -  Bulbs for Garden Habitats
Takes the approach of understanding the conditions required by different types of bulbs (including corms etc) for them to thrive in the garden, and what other plants would enjoy similar locations and suitably complement them. Well illustrated with colour photos, and written by an enthusiast for the plants. 2005 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 296 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £22.5), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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View larger image of 'Gladiolus in Tropical Africa'Goldblatt -  Gladiolus in Tropical Africa
Describes 82 species, along with much interesting information on Gladioli, from this expert on African bulbs. 1996 10 ½ x 7 ½ 321 pages plus 16 pages of colour photos.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.99), New
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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View larger image of 'Cyclamen: A Guide for Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists'Grey-Wilson, Christopher -  Cyclamen: A Guide for Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists
A significant revision of his 1997 book, incorporating new information since it was published, this book covers the full range of species and hybrids including those of C persicum, giving descriptions, distribution, and cultivation information on each. All that you would expect of this renowned author. 2003 10 x 7 ¼ 224 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £30), New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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Innes -  World of Iridaceae
Sub titled "A comprehensive record", it gives details of numerous genera and species. 405 pages plus 72 pages of colour photos illustrating 252 species. 1985 8 ¼ x 8 ¼
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Dust jacket somewhat worn, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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Jefferson-Brown -  The Lily
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)9.00
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View larger image of 'Gardener's Guide to Growing Lilies'Jefferson-Brown & Howland -  Gardener's Guide to Growing Lilies
Follows the high standard of format, presentation and content of this series, well illustrated with colour photos, and written by an acknowledged expert on the plants. 1995 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 160 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £12.99), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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Jefferson-Brown, Michael -  Lilies - RHS Wisley Handbook
The essential information on these plants is packed in to this pocket size book, written by a well known expert on them. 8 ½ x 5 ½
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £7.99), New
Price: £(GBP)4.00
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View larger image of 'Irises'Jeppe -  Irises
The glory of this jumbo sized book is the superbly reproduced 39 full page colour illustrations of paintings of species and hybrids by the renowned South African Artist Barbara Jeppe, at a size where they can be fully appreciated. An added bonus is the information on history, botany, cultivation, species and hybrids etc of these plants. 95 pages 1999 16 ½ x 11 ¾
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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View larger image of 'Gardening with Tulips'King, Michael -  Gardening with Tulips
If you want to know about know about growing Tulips and which types and cultivars to grow then this is the ideal book. It briefly covers their botany, origin and history, then how to use them in the garden, and 2/3rds of the book details the various types and illustrates a great many varieties in the 470 colour photos. 2005 11 ¼ x 9 ½ 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)18.50
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View larger image of 'Daffodil: The Remarkable Story'Kingsbury & Whitworth -  Daffodil: The Remarkable Story
It is surprising that there hasn’t been a good book in recent years on what is surely one of the most popular cultivated plants. And this one won’t disappoint! It covers such a wide range of topics, from the various types, history in cultivation, development and breeding, uses and surely everything about them short of a comprehensive gallery which bulb catalogues provide. But otherwise well illustrated with colour photos. 2013 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 220 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £17.99), New
Price: £(GBP)13.50
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View larger image of 'The Plantfinder's Guide to Early Bulbs'Leeds -  The Plantfinder's Guide to Early Bulbs
A well illustrated account of the bulbs that give us the most welcome signs of spring approaching, written by a well known AGS and RHS personality. 192 pages 2000 10 ½ x 8
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £19.99), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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Leeds, Rod -  Bulbs in Containers
Explains how to get the most from the year round display of a wide range of bulbs by using containers which can be moved around the garden to bring them in to a viewing area. The author is a well known bulb enthusiast. Well illustrated. 2005 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 224 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £20), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)8.50
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)13.50
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View larger image of 'Autumn Bulbs'Leeds, Rod -  Autumn Bulbs
The widest range of autumn flowing bulbs are covered in this book – 30 genera – suitable not just for open garden growing but also containers and protected cultivation. The author is a well known enthusiast for these plants, and the book is well illustrated with many colour photos. 2005 10 x 7 ¾ 160 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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Liden & Zetterlund -  Corydalis - a Gardener's Guide and a Monograph of the Tuberous Species
Both a monograph and a gardener’s guide, this book looks at the tuberous varieties along with a selection of non tuberous ones with brief sections on their botany, history, cultivation, pests etc The majority of the book is keys, descriptions with distributions along with cultivation information for each section along with 127 colour photos. 1997 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 144 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs'Manning, Goldblatt & Snijman -  The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs
The most comprehensive popular book on these attractive and widely grown plants, giving descriptions and habitat information, and limited cultivation advice. Well illustrated with many colour photos, and written by three South African plant experts. 2002 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 486 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £45), New
Price: £(GBP)37.50
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View larger image of 'Genus Cyclamen in Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture'Mathew ed -  Genus Cyclamen in Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture
This substantial book is the result of the aim of the Cyclamen Society from its early days to produce a book which covered all aspect of the plant which has contributions from a wide range of experts and enthusiasts of the plants. Their botany starts it off followed by comprehensive descriptions of the species including their variation and habitats. Scientific studies and fieldwork follow along with their cultivation and cultivar development. An unusual aspect is a large section on their appearance in botanical illustration and another in popular culture. Well illustrated with many colour photos and botanic art as well as maps etc this is surely the pinnacle of their celebration! 2013 11 ½ x 9 ½ 574 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £90), New
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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Mathew, Brian -  Flowering Gulbs for the Garden
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)3.50
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Norris, Kelly -  A Guide to Bearded Irises
An enthusiastic book about these graceful flowers which covers all aspects from how to grow and hybridise them through their history to a great range of the best varieties to grow, all well illustrated with colour photos. 2012 9 ¼ x 8 ¼ 348 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Wear/tear to dust jacket (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)16.50
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View larger image of 'Bulbs of North America'North American Rock Garden Society -  Bulbs of North America
Written by a wide range of authors, this book covers nearly 50 genera of bulbs to be found in N America, and details both the habitat and how to successfully cultivate the wide range of genera to be found there. 2001 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 251 pages plus 56 pages of colour illustrations.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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View larger image of 'Bulb'Pavord, Anna -  Bulb
The author has an enviable reputation for well researched books, and this one combines it with practical usage. A very wide range of plants are covered from the familiar through to the less common and more recent introductions, and are the pick of the species and varieties in the author’s experience. The species and cultivars are described, and for genera with a number of species there is an introductory section. It is a well presented (both internally and in the binding) and pleasant to use chunky book with many good colour photos of each of the feature variety. 2009 11 ¼ x 7 ½ 544 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £30), New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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Rix -  Growing Bulbs
A slightly different book from the usual, in that it covers the evolution of these plants and where they grow in the world, as well as the history of growing and cultivation of them. 209 pages plus 8 pages of colour photos and numerous line drawings. 1983 9 ¼ x 9
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Rossi -  Macdonald Encyclopedia of Bulbs
Over 200 species are described, along with a colour photo, mainly 2 to a page. 256 pages 1989 7 ½ x 4 ½
 
Cover: Card
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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View larger image of 'Buried Treasures - Finding and growing the World's Choicest Bulbs'Ruksans, Janis -  Buried Treasures - Finding and growing the World's Choicest Bulbs
The author is a Latvian nurseryman who has specialised in a wide range of new and less common varieties. He describes his method of propagation and growing the plants, and the majority of the book is an account of his visits to find new bulbs, mainly in the old Eastern Block countries. Well illustrated with 304 colour photos. 2007 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ 384 pages plus 80 pages of colour photos.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £30), New
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Tear to dust jacket (RRP £30), New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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Shear -  The Gardener's Iris Book
After a general overview of the types of Irises, this book then considers each type in more detail and then which type to grow in which location. An attractive book well illustrated with many colour photos. 170 pages 2002 Taunton Press10 x 8
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £17.95), New
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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View larger image of 'Spring Bulbs'Stebbings, Geoff -  Spring Bulbs
Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths are the most prolific of our spring bulbs, and this book concentrates only on them. Their history and cultivation are covered, and a very wide range of the best cultivars are illustrated and described by a noted enthusiast and grower of these plants. 2005 10 x 7 ¾ 160 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'Gardening with Bulbs'Taylor -  Gardening with Bulbs
A well illustrated A_Z of bulbs, covering a wide range of the familiar and less so which the author thinks are the best to cultivate. 256 pages 1996 Timber Press 7 ½ x 5
 
Cover: Card
Comments:  (RRP £9.99), New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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View larger image of 'Iris of China'Waddick & Zhao Yu-tang -  Iris of China
Really two books in one. The first part is by Waddick who describes their environment and ecology, and applies it to cultivation, from his extensive travels. The second is the translation of Zhao Yu-tang’s systemic analysis. 1992 9 ¼ x 6 192 pages plus 16 pages of colour photos mostly 2 to a page. Timber Press
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £19.99), New
Price: £(GBP)14.00
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View larger image of 'Tulips - Species and Hybrids for the Gardener'Wilford, Richard -  Tulips - Species and Hybrids for the Gardener
Concentrating on the species, this book looks at where they grow, their botany, cultivation and classification before describing the species and finally hybrids. The author has looked after the bulbs at Kew, and the many colour photos accompany the text. TIMBER PRESS BOOK 2006 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 211 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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