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Author (1): Starr Ockenga

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: September 2002
Published by: Clarkson Potter
List price: $20.00
ISBN Number: 0609608819



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
The amaryllis — elegant, tropical, and breathtakingly beautiful — is the most majestic of all the flowering bulbs. Its distinctive look, long-lasting blooms, and ease of cultivation have made it a favorite of plant lovers and a fixture in their homes around the world throughout the winter months. Now, award-winning photographer Starr Ockenga brings us Amaryllis, a comprehensive exploration of the beauty, history, and cultivation of this singular flower.

A unique photographic record of a diverse and alluring plant, Amaryllis is a document of the season that Ockenga spent growing more than ninety varieties in her upstate New York greenhouse. From the papery surface of the bulb to glorious flower to spent bloom, Ockenga’s remarkable photographs capture all the sensuality and drama of the amaryllis. Her images demonstrate the flower’s extraordinary range of color and form, from the iridescent velvety-red ‘Basuto’ to the brilliantly striped ‘Jaguar’ and the awkward grace of ‘Giraffe’s’ long stem and delicate flower.

More than a collection of stunning flower portraits, Amaryllis offers practical wisdom on growing these plants. Gardeners will appreciate Ockenga’s expert insights on storage, propagation, and hybridization, and new plant enthusiasts will learn how simple it is to grow amaryllis from the bulb or to display its cut flowers. With fascinating information on the historical background of the amaryllis, details on its horticultural requirements, and an illustrated glossary of almost 100 varieties, Amaryllis is the authoritative guide to the queen of flowering bulbs.

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Positive aurorabudora On Oct 16, 2010, aurorabudora wrote:

I love this book. It's full of information, beautiful pictures. If you love Amaryllis I highly recommend it.

Positive callacrazy On Jun 27, 2005, callacrazy wrote:

This is a fantastic read. It's full of amazing pictures, AND insightful information.All to often one has to sacrafice one for the other, but not in this case. A highly recommended read!

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