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Flowering Bulbs for Dummies
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Get all the dirt on growing brilliant flowering bulbs, from traditional tulips to exotic fritillaria, all year 'round. Down-to-earth advice, step-by-step instructions, and dozens of colorful photos help you transform anyplace that has soil into a dazzling showcase of color and fragrance. Whether you're on new ground or firmly rooted in the perennial passions of bulb gardening, one guide is certain to help your creativity bloom — Flowering Bulbs For Dummies.
Choose from dozens of flowering bulbs for any climate with the fun and friendly tips you'll find sown throughout Flowering Bulbs For Dummies. Design an impressive garden with the space you have — big or small, inside or out — and find out how to make your bulbs bloom year after color-filled year. Grow your flowering bulbs in containers, minimize the annual onslaught of pests and diseases, and discover the ten best bulbs for cut-flower bouquets, along with pages and pages of hands-on advice for where to buy the best bulbs, from Acidanthera murialae to Zephyranthes grandiflora!
"What a joy it is to have this book available to all gardeners." — Dan Davids, President, Davids & Royston Bulb Co., Inc., Leading Flowering Bulb Wholesaler "This book covers just about every aspect of bulb gardening!" — Brent & Becky Heath, authors of Daffodils for American Gardens
Includes a Complete Bulb Selection Guide!
To Every Season — Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs Get all the dirt on growing brilliant flowering bulbs all year around — from traditional tulips to exotic fritillaria! With down-to-earth advice, step-by-step instructions, and dozens of inspirational photos, you'll quickly and easily transform any space into a brilliant array of color and fragrance. Whether you're on new ground with bulb gardening or firmly rooted in this perennial passion, there's one guide that's certain to help your creativity blossom — Flowering Bulbs For Dummies®! Discover great online & mail-order resources
No more tip-toeing through the tulips! Fresh on the heels of several critically acclaimed ...For Dummies "RM" gardening guides, this new reference covers how to select, plant, and care for brilliant gardens of flowering bulbs year-round.
-- A complete guide to bulbs by category, color, and care
-- 16 pages of colorful photos showing lovely arrangements of tulips, irises, daffodils, and many other blooms
-- Professional tips on the complete care of delicate bulb blooms
-- Creating springtime in the dead of winter — special tricks for adapting bulbs to the indoors
-- A complete listing of mail-order sources and suppliers for favorite bulbs
About the Author
About the Authors Judy Glattstein is a garden consultant, instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, and a leader of tours for bulb enthusiasts to Holland and Asia. She is also the author of several popular gardening books, including The American Gardener's World of Bulbs. The National Gardening Association is recognized for its bimonthly National Gardening magazine and prolific work in science education for children. The Association is also the coauthor of Gardening For Dummies®, Roses For Dummies®, Annuals For Dummies®, Perennials For Dummies®, and Container Gardening For Dummies®.
Table of Contents
PART I: Bulbs 101.
Chapter 1: The Ease and Elegance of Bulbs.
Chapter 2: Using Bulbs in Your Garden.
Chapter 3: A Bulb Selection Guide.
PART II: Bulbs That Flower into Spring.
Chapter 4: Swing into Spring with Snowdrops, Crocuses, and More!
Chapter 5: Daffodils, Harbingers of Spring.
Chapter 6: Don't Tiptoe — Run to the Tulips!
Chapter 7: Hyacinths — Fabulously Fragrant.
Chapter 8: Beautiful Blues: Grape Hyacinths, Scilla, Glory of the Snow, and Bluebells.
Chapter 9: Rainbow Beauty: The Iris.
Chapter 10: The Lovely Little Dwarfs of Spring.
Chapter 11: Fantastic Fritillaries from Small to Tall.
PART III: Bulbs That Flower in Summer and Fall.
Chapter 12: Garden Royalty, the Lilies.
Chapter 13: Ornamental Onions.
Chapter 14: Tender Summer Beauties.
Chapter 15: Tender Southern Bulbs: African and American.
Chapter 16: Hardy Bulbs for Autumn Flowers.
PART IV: Special Bulbs for Special Places.
Chapter 17: The Kitchen Garden: Sensational Seasonings from Bulbs.
Chapter 18: The Kitchen Garden: Supporting Starches from Tubers.
Chapter 19: Growing Bulbs in Containers.
PART V: Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty.
Chapter 20: Buying Bulbs.
Chapter 21: Planting and Caring for Bulbs.
Chapter 22: Minimizing Pests and Diseases.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Best Bulbs for Cut Flowers.
Chapter 24: Ten (Or More) Best Bulbs for Forcing.
Chapter 25: Ten Most Fragrant Bulbs.
Chapter 26: Ten Bulbs Our Ancestors Grew.
Chapter 27: Ten Bulbs for Sunny, Dry, Mild Spots (Think California).
PART VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Where to Buy Bulbs.
Appendix B: Information Sources for Inquiring Gardeners.
Book Registration Information.
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