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A Year in the Life of a Rose: A Guide to Growing Roses from Coast to Coast Hardcover – October 29, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (October 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517706695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517706695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Reading Reddell is like being herded through the garden by an avuncular neighbor with a passion for the rose, our official (since 1986) national flower. Gardening columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, author The Rose Bible and the owner/operator of a commercial rose nursery, Reddell delivers an irresistible blend of opinionated exuberance and practical advice. Crafted with dry wit and a disarmingly chatty style, this eminently readable guide lays out a season-by-season plan for rose culture and care and deals admirably with such potentially paralyzing topics as pruning and disbudding, discussing, along the way, the future of rose growing and the merits of some of the author's favorite cultivars. As a self-proclaimed "rose dietitian," Reddell offers tips on when and what to feed roses (Epsom salts are one of the tricks of the trade). He extends the reach of his own wide experience by drawing on that of a baker's dozen of "zonal gurus" whom he consulted for specific advice on geographic climates coast-to-coast. A glossary is included. Experts and novices alike will cheer the arrival of this handy little volume.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Reddell, who grows roses in California for the cut-flower trade, soothes the fears of novice rose growers by walking them through a season of care of this demanding but rewarding plant. Arranged by season, his book dispenses advice on choosing, planting, pruning, watering, and feeding roses to obtain maximum growth and bloom. The heart of the book is the last chapter, which provides information from 13 different expert rose growers from different parts of the United States on the varieties and cultural practices best suited to their region. Although handily presented, this book is unnecessary for libraries owning Reddell's Rose Bible (Harmony: Crown, 1994), which includes the same information (in many cases from the same experts) but has the added attraction of an illustrated glossary of recommended rose varieties.?Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Short sweet and to the point. Reddell covers all of the basics of growing roses from selecting varieties to preparing the planting hole to annual care. Particularly handy and unique is the appendix which gives rose growing tips from master growers in each of the 9 USDA zones--finally a book that helps you grow roses where you live.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By moya@fox.nstn.ca on November 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the most useful - practical - "how to" rose books I have come across in many years of research. In brief, not particularly technical language, the author takes you through the year giving excellent advice, tips and recipies along the way. The additional advice from experts in most zones enables you to adjust your plans for your own climate. It's pocket size ensures that I carry my copy around with me for regular reference. My roses have never looked better and I include some fairly tender varieties in a zone 4b (the Laurentian mountains). For beginners or experts, this really is a "must have". I also recomment "Tender Roses for Tough Climates" by Douglas Green for any other climate-challenged (as in very, very cold) roseophiles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Campbell on February 27, 2010
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Do not let this thin little book fool you. Yes, I know, there are any number of books on keeping and growing roses. Most have a lot of pictures and technical advice.

This little book has no pretentions and hand drawn illistrations. It is basic common sense advice and instruction. When ever I read through it I feel like I am out in the garden with the author going over the facts of rose keeping. The author owns Garden Valley Ranch and wrote "The Rose Bible" and "Growing Good Roses".

I have used this book much more than any of the others I have and his no nonsense approach works. From stripping the petals a week before I prune... in January or February, to using Epson salts and alpha meal. The first time I pruned by his methods I found that stripping the leaves a week before did indeed signal the bush to put out new growth. I have kept roses for many years and used this book to do it. You might give it a try.
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