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Forcing, Etc: The Indoor Gardener's Guide to Bringing Bulbs, Branches & Houseplants Into Bloom (Smith & Hawken)by Katharine Whiteside
Synopses & Reviews
Exploring the world of paperwhites, potted hyacinths, and more, award-winning writer Katherine Whiteside combines hands-on how-to with a flower lover's enthusiasm in a forcing primer that's as complete as it is glorious.
Organized by plant type, FORCING, ETC covers dozens of common and exotic plants that are readily available and easily growable for the indoor gardener. Here are step-by--step instructions demystifying the techniques of forcing bulb into bloom by simulating autumn, deep winter, and early spring in an accelerated time frame. Of tricking bare branches and twigs to blossom in the house--weeks or even months before their scheduled time. Of potting up and water forcing. And of raising and propagating--favorite indoor plants. There are unexpected ideas for choosing the right containers throughout, and an appendix offering a mail-order listing of sources for both plants and unusual ornamental materials.
--Hardy Bulbs. Crocus, narcissus, tulip, and other cold-loving flowers of a spring garden.
--Tender Bulbs. Exotics from the other side of the world, such as bowiea, amaryllis, clivia, and calla lily.
--Houseplants. The classic houseplants--ficus, coleus, scented geranium, jasmine, begonia.
--Twigs and Branches.
Forsythia, quince, witch hazel, and others already in your garden, waiting to be transformed as if by magic.
Plant-by-plant instructions on prechilling, potting up, putting away, and water forcing. Choosing unexpected containers. Creating tripods, trellises, and tuteurs. Extensive mail-order source list for plants and materials.
Book News Annotation:
A handsomely illustrated guide to some particularly gratifying aspects of winter windowsill gardening, with detailed instructions on forcing tender and cold hardy bulbs indoors, growing and rooting cheery houseplant cuttings in water, and decorating one's home with vases of blooming and leafing branches from the garden.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written by an award-winning author and drawing on the expertise of Smith & Hawken, this complete guide to indoor gardening shows how to bring bulbs, seeds, and branches into bloom for dozens of common and exotic plants, and suggests ways of displaying the plants. 125 color photos.
Imagine it: pots of sweetly fragrant 'Orange Queen' narcissus at the height of winter. Amaryllis, tulips, and sunny-faced crocuses to ease post-holiday doldrums. Great sprays of forsythia filling rooms with spring--in the middle of February. Plus towering calla lilies, the happy clivia, and scented geraniums. By putting the right plant in the right place--and following the simplest of directions--the glory and fragrance of a garden in bloom can be enjoyed indoors during the bleakest months of the year.
An expert gardener who is also an innovative floral stylist, Katherine Whiteside offers a livley, idea-filled introduction to the art of forcing bulbs, branches, and other flowers--including irises, hyacinths, scillas, oxalis, calla lilies, velthemias, jasmine, begonias, and more. Plant profiles cover specifics for the most widely grown flowers; and tips for plant pairing and arranging are offered at every turn. Tying it all together are Richard Felber's lush photographs.
About the Author
Richard Felber is a leading garden and landscape photographer who regularly contributes to major publications and books.
Katherine Whiteside is an award-winning freelance garden writer whose articles have appeared in Elle Decor, House and Garden, Town and Country, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Vogue, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and many foreign publications. Her first book, Antique Flowers, won two Awards of Merit from the Garden Writers of America. Her second, Classic Bulbs, was a Main Selection of the Garden Book Club. Ms. Whiteside lives in Garrison, New York.
Table of Contents
indoors: bulbs, blossoms, and branches
AN AMATEUR'S GUIDE TO INDOOR PLANTS
WHAT YOU DON'T NEED
WHAT YOU DO NEED
EASY DOES IT
hardy bulbs: the forced
GETTING A HANDLE ON HARDY BULBS
THE GENTLE ART OF PERSUASION
BEYOND THE BASICS
THE NARCISSUS QUESTION
COURAGEOUS CHILLING METHODS
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
tender bulbs: the unforced
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
SUMMER COMES TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
MAKING IT MOIST
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
BACK TO SLEEP
HOW TO BUY TENDER BULBS
TENDERS IN THE SUMMER GARDEN
TILL NEXT YEAR
house plants: filling in the gaps
HOUSEPLANTS FOR HEDONISTS
THE RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE
HOW TO PICK AND BE PICKY
TWO SUREFIRE WAYS TO KILL A PLANT
PETS IN POTS
twigs and branches: also forced
BRANCHING OUT: FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: GATHERING YOUR MATERIAL
SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES
A GENTLE UNFURLING
cuttings: new beginnings
MORE PLANTS FOR LESS MONEY
WHAT ROOTS WHEN, AND HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
THE ESSENTIALS OF CODDLING
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
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