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The Bulb Hunter (Texas A&M AgriLife Research And Extension Service Series)

Dubbed the Bulb Hunter in a 2006 New York Times feature story, Chris Wiesinger took his passion for bulbs to vacant lots, abandoned houses, cemeteries, and construction sites throughout the South in search of botanical survivors whose descendants had never seen the inside of a big-box chain store. The vintage specimens Wiesinger sought came from hardy, historic stock, adapted to human neglect and hot climates, reappearing faithfully over decades without care or cultivation. Traveling back roads, speaking to strangers, looking for the telltale color of a remnant iris or lily, Wiesinger started digging, then began trying to grow and share the bulbs he collected. From its humble beginnings on an East Texas sweet potato farm, his Southern Bulb Company has now grown into a full-fledged business known throughout the world, propagating and selling the rare, tough, heritage plants Wiesinger still seeks out and champions. Nicknamed “Flower” by his fellow cadets at Texas A&M University, Wiesinger relates his adventures in bulb hunting, telling stories of the bulbs he has discovered and weaving in his own life story as a student, plantsman, and small business owner. He then teams with veteran horticulturist William C. Welch to provide advice on how to grow and appreciate the bulbs that have been rescued and reintroduced. This “primer” gives gardeners information on what bulbs to grow where, when to plant them and when they bloom, and how to incorporate them with other plants in the landscape. Finally, Welch describes how bulbs have enhanced his personal gardens and brought him and Wiesinger together in the common cause of heirloom gardening. Entertaining, informative, and loaded with beautiful photographs, The Bulb Hunter is sure to be a favorite of gardeners and plant lovers everywhere.

Series: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (October 10, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1603448217

ISBN-13: 978-1603448215

Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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This is an educational and great book for any gardener who is interested is historical bulbs. It is very well written and filled with information that is useful to any level gardener. The illustrations are superior. It is particularly useful to a southern gardener.

Good read and very knowledgeable about all bulbs . I will be looking for spring bulbs soon. Good history for Texas heirloom school house lillies. I have e been given about 50 a nd they are doing well.

this is the best book I have picked up in a long time. I am not sure why I like it so much. Maybe it's the A&M connection, maybe farming, Texas, or the stories. Get it.

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