Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: St. Lynn's Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
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"Cool Flowers" was written by Lisa Mason Ziegler, a cut-flower grower in Virginia. Even though she gardens in a warmer zone (Zone 7) than I do (Zone 5), she has included advice for cold-winter gardeners in her book, and I think her advice might be sound for these areas. Most books written about growing cut flowers seem to be written by authors who garden in California, the Pacific Northwest or England, and the experience of those growers is largely useless for those of us who live in places where the ground can be frozen solid for four months of the year.Perhaps because this book confines itself to growing one type of flowers, annuals that like cooler weather and that can tolerate light frost (such as sweet peas and pansies), this book is far more useful to growers in wide-ranging zones. Ziegler has different advice for warm-winter area gardeners, who must plant cool-season annuals in autumn, and cold-winter area gardeners, who must plant them in very early spring, and she helps us calculate planting dates by basing them on the last expected frost dates for local areas.I’m a fairly serious ornamental gardener, but I’ve never had much luck with sweet peas, which I really would like to grow. After reading "Cool Flowers," I realize that the problem was that I never planted them early enough. Unlike in England and the west coast, Midwest spring weather moves from frozen ground to summer heat in a relatively short period, so the cool weather period that sweet peas thrive in is short in duration.When midwesterners think of annuals, we think mostly of petunias, zinnias and other warm-season annuals, which cannot be planted until after the last expected frost date (about May 10 here). But cool season annuals are different.
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