THE LITTLE BULBS by Elizabeth Lawrence


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This is designed for the advanced, almost the professional gardener; or in the amateur field, the specialist interested primarily in ""little bulbs"". The term is far more inclusive than one might think. It embraces a wide range the seasons round, from the earliest snowdrops, squills and daffodils, to hardy cyclamens, colchicum and crocuses, wood sorrels, little iris, ixias, tritonias, freesias, the lily family including such items as chiondoxia, mariposa tulips, fritellaria, hyacinth, on to trillium, wild tulips, clusiana and amaryllis -- and many others whose names are much less familiar. The substance of the text is fairly technical, but it is lightened by personal experience, interchange of data on time of bloom, difficulty of culture, proper planting season, failures as well as successes. Primarily the book is based on two gardens:- Miss Lawrence's own small city backyard in North Carolina, and Mr. Krippendorf's acres of virgin forestland in southern Ohio. But in following her creed that no one can garden alone, she has drawn from gardeners from Texas to New England, she has read and written and gardened- and shared her findings with contagious enthusiasm. Final chapters tell of little bulbs indoors in pots- and sources of choice material the country over.

Publisher: Criterion