Growing Garden Bulbs

Richard Wilford

Richard Wilford

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

64 pages | 9 1/2 x 7 1/2
Paper $11.50 ISBN: 9781842464717 Published September 2013 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
There are few delights as universal as spotting the first buds of spring. The appearance of a bold tulip or a shy daffodil heralds warmth and changing seasons. These plants, as well as others such as nerines, lilies, irises, and hyacinths, begin life as bulbs. While they require careful cultivation, they can brighten gardens year after year.

With the expert guidance in Growing Garden Bulbs, readers will have the confidence and inspiration they need to get started growing fantastic bulbs. This practical and highly illustrated guide focuses on growing temperate garden bulbs in the outdoor garden. It walks readers step-by-step through all aspects of bulb growing, covering everything from buying to blossom. Chapters address the when and how of buying bulbs, selecting the best specimens, planting both outdoors and in pots, naturalizing, keeping pests and diseases away, and, for the more adventurous, propagating plants. In addition, a detailed planting guide takes readers through every season, making it easier to plan gardens. Because the book draws on more than thiry years of experience from one of the leading experts on bulbs, readers can be sure they are getting accurate and practical information.

From tulips to snowdrops, fritillaries, daffodils, and many more, Growing Garden Bulbs looks at all the popular garden bulbs and their relatives, highlighting plants that can be easily found in garden centers and local nurseries. Thanks to the book’s user-friendly style and rich illustrations, the hardest part will be choosing which bulbs to buy first.
The Independent
"Richard Wilford has  a lot of useful tips about how to tackle the long-term care  of bulbs (feed with tomato food when the plants are in bloom, to avoid producing leaf rather than flowers); and has many pointers on planting, either in pots or in the soil. But of course the real fun is his choice selection of good flowering bulbs to run right across the gardening year, beginning with elegant snowdrops such as Galanthus elwesii in winter and ending with the bright sting of lilac provided by autumn cyclamen."  
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"Any book published under Kew Garden’s aegis is always first rate, brief, exact, with excellent information and photographs. This work presents details on bulbs by season of bloom, starting with winter, spring, summer, autumn, as well as South African bulbs, nerines, crocosmias, and ixias, generally autumn blooming. . . . A handy reference guide on bulbs"
Contents

Introduction

Buying Bulbs

Planting and caring

      Planting depths

      Naturalising bulbs

      Planting in the grass

      Growing bulbs in pots

      Long-term care

      Pests and diseases

      Propagation

Bulbs by season

Winter:

      Snowdrops

       Crocus

      Winter aconite

      Cyclamen coum

      Reticulata irises

Spring:

      Daffodils

      Tulips

      Hyacinths and bluebells

      Fritilaries

      Small blue bulbs

      Dog’s tooth violets

      Anemones

Summer:

      Alliums

      Lilies

      Camassia

      Gladiolus

      Dahlias and begonias

Autumn:

      Colchicum

      Autumn-flowering crocus

      Autumn-flowering Cyclamen

      Sternbergia

      Nerines

South African bulbs

Glossary

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