Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (June 2001)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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There is a shortage of books on bulb gardening for Southern gardeners, however this book does little to remedy that shortage. Thad Howard's book reads like a textbook and is not user friendly for the recreational gardener. Basic information such as planting time and depth, soil preference, bloom time, and light needs is missing or scattered in the text. Howard focuses too much on bulb classifications and history and not enough on giving readers advice on how to pick bulbs that will be successful in their garden. Academics and those in the bulb business may enjoy this book, the average gardener will be disatisfied. If Howard wishes to sell more books he should at the least add a legend for each major bulb with basic information the gardener needs.
Wonderful for discovering a lot of Bulb species. Re rainlilies, Zephyranthes and Habranthus being my main interest, there are gaps in info on quite a few of them. Ones which do not get a mention at all. Also it is not written in a easy to read fashion.
The book was more of a run down of genus/species of bulbs, corms, rhizomes, etc that the author had found grew well in the Texas climate and geared very much toward an academic audience. I found little of value in it...and was surprised that some of the native species (liatris for example) weren't mentioned anywhere in the book.
This and Nr. 1 are the best books for the plants, I want to try here in Germany.good stoff!
Knew Dr. Howard many years ago, became quite an expert on bulbs he had collected from central texas, south and west texas, and many locatons in mexico.
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