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217353
Barthlott, Wilhelm & Stefan Porembski, Rudiger Seine, Inge Theisen
The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants A Comprehensive Guide to their Biology and Cultivation
Timber Press, Portland, 2008.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with silver gilt spine titling; 224pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Plants that trap and eat animals: an amazing phenomenon that has inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. Lured into the danger zone by optical, tactile and olfactory strategies, the prey succumb to ingenious traps and face their doom. This exquisite book, copiously illustrated with closeup photography, provides detailed descriptions - including trapping mechanisms, digestion, and prey - and cultivation information for key species in 17 genera and 10 families. Most notably, it includes the first comprehensive listing of some 630 known carnivorous plant species, described in fascinating detail, with identification history and geographic distribution species by species. An essential reference book.
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$32
209963
Bath, Trevor, & Joy Jones
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hardy Geraniums
David & Charles Publishers, Newton Abbot Devon UK, 2000.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 157pp., with a full-colour frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; text block and page edges very lightly toned. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Very good.
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$25
206406
Bird, Richard
Flowering Trees and Shrubs All illustrated directory of species and how to grow them successfully
Quarto Books/Simon & Schuster (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Brookvale NSW, 1989.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 160pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; some light spotting to the text block edges and preliminaries. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Very good. Includes CD-ROM in a printed cardboard envelope.
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$20
210083
Clark, Timothy
Mary McMurtrie's Country Garden Flowers
Garden Art Press, Woodbridge Suffolk UK, 2009.
Quarto; hardcover, green boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 191pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild rubbing and edgewear to dustwrapper, front fore-edge lightly sunned (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. Mary McMurtie belonged to the small band of enthusiasts, which included Margery Fish and Gladys Emmerson, who grew double primroses during the period after the Second World War. At a time when every fifth day a house of some architectural importance was being demolished, these enthusiasts, along with fellow gardeners, preserved many of the plants from our gardening heritage of the previous centuries. The book; illustrated with paintings intended to illustrate an unpublished book on cottage garden flowers, records how Mary McMurtrie created her garden at Balbithan and used her nursery to distribute the double primroses and cottage garden plants which her husband bequeathed to her.
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$30
210004
Clements, Mark A
The Allure of Orchids
National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2013.
Quarto, flexibound; 159pp., colour illustrations, decorated endpapers. Mild wear; some scattered spotting to spine edge of rear cover. Very good to near fine.
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$23
209988
D'Amato, Peter
The Savage Garden Cultivating Carnivorous Plants
Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA, 1998.
Octavo; paperback; 314pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges; rubbed covers; wear to edges and corners; laminate lifted slightly on lower rear edge. Carnivorous plant society leaflet laid in. Very good.
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$18
210124
Davidian, H.H.
The Rhododendron Species - two volumes Volume 1: Lepidotes; Volume 2: Elepidote Species, Series Arboreum-Lacteum
The Timber Press, Portland OR, 1982/B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1989.
Two volumes, quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 775pp. [431pp. + 344pp.], with monochrome frontispieces, maps, 88pp. of full-colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; Volume 1 slightly shaken; softening and scraping to the spine extremities; text block edges lightly toned and top edges dusted; mild offset and some mild marks to the endpapers. Dustwrappers are mildly rubbed and edgeworn with some light chipping and mild creasing to the spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$100
210055
Fiala, John L.
Lilacs A Gardener's Encyclopedia
The Timber Press, Portland OR, 2008.
Revised edition. Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling; 416pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; spine panel of dustwrapper mildly sunned. Near fine
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$50
42530
Francis, Richard
Growing Rhododendrons
Kangaroo Press, Sydney NSW, 1997.
Hardcover, quarto; dark red boards with white spine titling; 176pp., colour illustrations. Spotting to text block edges; illustrated dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel. Very good.
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$25
210119
Gerritsen, Henk, & Piet Oudolf (Foreword by Noel Kingsbury)
Dream Plants for the Natural Garden
Bloomings Books, Hawthorn Vic., 2000.
Quarto; hardcover; red boards with silver-gilt spine titles; 144pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear only; board edges and corners mildly scuffed and dustwrapper lightly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Describes 1200 plant species selected from the practical perspective of natural gardens. These are plants chosen on the basis of their dependable traits in a natural garden, where your attempts at intervention are kept to the minimum. This does not include plants which have to be dug up regularly and pulled apart to stay alive or plants which suddenly just fall by the wayside, but those which can, over the years, be maintained in an average garden without too much in the way of artificial props and bolstering (that is requiring pesticides, artificial fertilisers and armies of garden labourers). Discussed in the book are perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and small shrubs which will be able to survive competition from one another or the vagaries of the weather (excepting catastrophes) and will do what is expected of them for many years. This book offers the opportunity to create the natural garden of our dreams.
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$35
78327
Handcock, Ralph, & Margaret Smith
Orchids Month by Month
Dymock's Book Arcade, Sydney NSW, nd.
Small quarto hardcover, 74pp, colour and monochrome plates & illustrations. Owner's name, foxed preliminaries, tape outline stains, spotted text block edges; else near fine in like dustwrapper a little worn at edges and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$16
209946
Howells, John
Clematis - The Montanas A Book for Gardeners
Garden Art Press/Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., Woodbridge Suffolk UK, 2005.
Royal octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 215pp., with a full-colour frontispiece, a decorated title page, and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some minor insect damage to the board edges. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Very good.
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$23
209949
Jefferson-Brown, Michael
Narcissus
The Timber Press Inc., Portland OR, 1991.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 224pp., with 32pp. of full-colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear to spine extremities scraped lightly; text block edge slightly spotted. Dustwrapper is lightly sunned along the spine panel. Very good. This book is a worldwide, comprehensive guide to wild and hybrid narcissi, giving both cultural information and historical background. The author explains the present conception of the genus, together with a detailed account of the history and breeding of today's hybrid races.
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$25
210086
Kilpatrick, Jane, & Jennifer Harmer
The Galanthophiles 160 Years of Snowdrop Devotees
Orphans Publishing, Leominster UK, 2018.
Quarto; hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titles, decorated endpapers; 258pp., with many full-colour & b&w illustrations and green ribbon marker. Mild wear only; fine in like dustwrapper. Snowdrops known botanically as Galanthus came of horticultural age between 1854-2014. The Galanthophiles explores not only the discovery of new variants and species during that time but also the stories of the ardent enthusiasts who sought out, cherished, and shared these deceptively fragile white flowers. The Galanthophiles brings to life the forgotten experts whose knowledge and skills contributed to the preservation of the snowdrops we love today.
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$70
78673
Klein, Carol (Jonathan Buckley, illus., Erica Hunningher, ed.)
Plant Personalities Choosing and Growing Plants by Character
Cassell Illustrated/Octopus Publishing Group Ltd., London, 2004.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling; 176pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. Near fine in like dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Plants can be flamboyant and voluptuous, funny and frivolous, even shy and retiring, but do they really have personalities? In this book, Klein demonstrates how understanding plants' needs and providing the appropriate conditions enables them to develop their true characters - the qualities that make them what they are. Personality traits can be as valuable as height, habit, and flower colour when choosing your plants. Some plants are good-natured, contributing to the overall landscape for months, while others are fleeting, grabbing the spotlight for a brief but breathtaking display. Still others lend a sense of frivolity or sensuality to the garden. Illustrated with superb photographs, Plant Personalities will inspire any gardener to see the unique character in every plant.
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$22
210021
Koopowitz, Harold (James Comstock, illus.)
Clivias
The Timber Press, Portland OR, 2002.
Octavo hardcover; green boards with silver gilt spine titling; 384pp., colour plates and monochrome frontispiece. Minor wear only; very slight edgewear to black illustrated dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$70
209956
Lewis, Peter, & Margaret Lynch (Roger Phillippo, illus.)
Campanulas
Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd., Bromley Kent UK, 1989.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 149pp., with 8pp. of full-colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown. Dustwrapper. Near fine. Published in Association with the Hardy Plant Society, the book covers a full range of topics from history and classification to practical tips on growing campanulas, including using them in flower arrangements.
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$20
204737
McGredy, Sam (Joyce Blake, illus.)
Look to the Rose - signed by the author A View from New Zealand
David Bateman (with Penclaren House), Auckland New Zealand, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 112pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Mild wear; spine sunned; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf; signed in ink by the author to the title page. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good in a like slipcase with a gilt decoration.
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$45
209969
Mitchell, Jodie, & Lynne Lawson
The Plant Lover's Guide to Primulas in Association with Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
The Timber Press Inc., Portland OR, 2016.
Square octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 248pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. No dustwrapper as issued. Near fine.
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$22
203670
O'Neill, Helen
Daffodil Biography of a Flower
HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney NSW, 2016.
Octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration and decorated endpapers; 256pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Fine. A beautifully illustrated, visually lush and intriguing book about the world's most popular and most powerful flower. The daffodil is the beautiful first flower of spring, the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, rebirth, eternal life and misfortune. Over centuries, the daffodil has been so many things to so many people: it was called 'Narcissus' by the Greeks and prized by the Romans as guarantee of passage to the Underworld; it was used by medieval Arabs and ancient Chinese for its medicinal properties and it has inspired poets, lovers, artists and scientists down the ages. But in telling the story of the daffodil, what award-winning, best-selling writer Helen O'Neill is really telling is the story of humanity. It's a narrative of progress from superstition and myth, taking in politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love. But, appropriately enough for a flower that is now used on a worldwide basis to raise funds for cancer research, it is, above all, a story of hope. Moving, fascinating, eloquent, and also beautiful.
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$25
82566
Organ, John
Gourds Decorative and Edible, for Garden, Craftwork and Table
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1963.
Hardcover, octavo; 188pp., monochrome plates & illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges; illustrated yellow dustwrapper with some scraping at spine extremities and along spine edge; rubbing to rear panel. Very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
30796
Pavord, Anna
The Tulip
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., London, 1999.
First edition: royal octavo; hardcover, with illustrated endpapers; 440pp., with a decorated title page and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild toning and faint spotting to text block and page edges. Otherwise near fine and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The Tulip is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has made men mad. Greed, desire, anguish, devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the world-wide phenomenon it is today. The US alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year, Germany and France even more. Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries? The author, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, has spent six years looking for answers. No other flower has ever carried so much baggage; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Roaming through Asia, India, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, the author tells how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by storm. In the petals of the exquisite English florists' tulips, still exhibited in competition by members of the Wakefield Tulip Society in Yorkshire, runs the blood of flowers first grown by John Evelyn in the middle of the seventeenth century. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, the book also features descriptions of eighty wild-species tulips and several hundred garden varieties.
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$30
209968
Picton, Paul & Helen
The Plant Lover's Guide to Asters in Association with Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
The Timber Press Inc., Portland OR, 2015
Square octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 248pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. No dustwrapper as issued. Near fine.
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$22
209942
Pratt, Kevin, & Michael Jefferson-Brown
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Fritillaries
Florilegium, Balmain NSW, 1997.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 160pp., with full-colour frontispiece and many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn. Near fine.
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$25
210013
Romanowski, Nick
Gardening with Carnivores Sarracenia Pitcher Plants in Cultivation & in the Wild
UNSW Press, Sydney NSW, 2002.
Octavo; paperback; 106pp., colour illustrations. Mild edgewear. Very good.
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$20
210071
Schmid, W. George
The Genus Hosta Giboshi Zoku
The Timber Press, Portland OR, 1999.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 428pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Board edges and corners well-rubbed; dustwrapper spine panel sunned. Very good to near fine. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Hosta is a genus of plants commonly known as "hostas", "plantain lilies" and occasionally by the Japanese name "giboshi". Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants. This classification for the genus reflects the author's fascination with hostas. All hostas known at the time of writing are detailed, including their 3500 names and synonyms in many languages (300 in Japanese kana).
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$45
87709
Toogood, Alan
Conifers and Heathers A Guide to Easier and Better Gardening
Tiger Books, London, 1990.
Quarto hardcover; illustrated boards and endpapers; 89pp., colour illustrations. Mild wear to dustwrapper edges and corners. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$16
206061
van Jaarsveld, Ernst (Vicki Thomas, illus.)
The Southern African Plectranthus and the art of turning shade to glade
Fernwood Press, Simon's Town South Africa, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration; 176pp., with many colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$23
209982
Wilder, Louise Beebe (Walter Beebe Wilder, illus.)
Adventures with Hardy Bulbs
Lyons Press, New York NY, 1998.
Octavo; paperback; 363pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; small mark on lower text block edge and one or two spots. Very good to near fine.
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$17
206635
Winterrowd, Wayne (ed.) (Pamela Stagg, illus.)
Roses - A Celebration Thirty-Three Eminent Gardeners on their Favorite Rose
North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York NY, 2003.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles; 261pp., with many colour illustrations. Mild wear; spine extremities lightly softened. Dustwrapper well rubbed and edgeworn with some stains; a small tear to the lower panel (now repaired); now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$24