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Gardening and Beyond

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ISBN-13: 978-1604691078
ISBN-10: 1604691077
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Out of a lifetime of working with plants-including her development of the famous Barnhaven primroses-the late Florence Bellis distilled these reflections on the inter-relationships of living things. Her language is simple & poetic; her sensitivity to the world of her seaside garden, an inspiration. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Florence Bellis was an extraordinary horticulturist who, in the early 1930's, developed the supremely colorful and vigorous Barnhaven primroses, named after her home in Oregon.  She simplified and advanced known methods of hybridizing and seeding, in the process revolutionizing accepted practices.  Her technique of hand pollination, previously untried, produced the Barnhaven strains and originations that brought fame and a devoted following. 

For 30 years, she worked as a mail-order wholesaler and retailer specializing in primroses and recieved visitors from all over the world.  Bellis was a co-founder of the American Primrose Society, and also a founding editor of the American Primrose Society publication.  Bellis attributed her love affair with flower color to her "broken engagement" with music. 

Born in New Orleans, she had trained to be a concert pianist.  As it turned out, her future was in horticulture, not music.  She later realized that her obsession with color for her primroses was compensation for her lost music "since tone is color heard, and color is tone seen."


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (May 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691078
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,984,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Flora of Michigan on June 11, 2012
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Absolutely a must read for any gardener, most especially the primrose/polyanthus grower.
This woman was a gifted grower and offers insights in beautifully written passages.
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By J. barry on March 22, 2012
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Truly one of the best books on gardening/botany/soil science written for the layman. A masterpiece that very few will have the pleasure of ever reading.
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