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A Book of Blue Flowers Paperback – Illustrated, February 1, 2006
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Gather together a group of eager gardeners, and a voluble discussion about the color blue has been known to follow. Geneve's handbook addresses the types of color issues that interest garden planners and curious gardeners alike; from systems used to classify colors, to relationships within plant families and the technical aspects of the color blue as manifested in flowers. On an aesthetic level, Geneve looks at the ornamental value of blue porcelain berry, hosta foliage, and the needles on blue-hued conifers to exemplify the flora that can enhance our gardens. An alphabetical listing--by genus--makes up the greater part of the book. Entries encompass a wealth of easy-to-obtain plants, along with less-common selections. Beautiful color photographs illustrate Geneve's handsome, highly accessible resource, offering valuable guidance and lots of ideas for gardeners of all levels. Alice Joyce
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"By including plants from the USA, Australia, Asia, and Europe the author has ensured that this book's appeal is wide-ranging."—Christine Shaw, Gardens Illustrated, September 2001 (Christine Shaw Gardens Illustrated)
"If blue is the color you seek in garden flowers, this book has plenty of ideas for you."—American Gardener, July/August 2001 (American Gardener)
"Every gardener can use this book to get the most blue flower color into beds and borders."—Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Fine Gardening, May/June 2001 (Barbara Blossom Ashmun Fine Gardening)
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To be fair, the content of this book is not bad per se. It does have useful & relavant information about all of the species it covers. However, I must give it a poor review based soley on its title: Practically every photograph in this book is of a purple flower. There are only a handful that I would even generously call blue. What's worse is that several of the species, such as Delphinium where I know there are pure blue varieties, are depicted with purple varieties. I can think of several pure blue flowers in the world that are not even mentioned in this book. So, if you purchase this book, prepare to be disappointed.