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Buried Treasures: Finding and Growing the World's Choicest Bulbs Hardcover – Illustrated, June 1, 2007
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“The book contains well-written accounts of the adventures of a modern plant explorer, gorgeous color plates of the author’s discoveries, and perhaps best of all, insider tips on how the grow the plants [Ruksans] worked with for nearly a lifetime.”
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Buried Treasures is a unique and very different bulb book; and the best bulb book seen in many years. What makes this book different from all others encountered is the exhaustive amount of research Janis has contributed to the actual location in which these bulbs are found growing in the wild; and then transferring this knowledge into practical garden settings. This includes detailed descriptions of elevation, climate, drainage, and soil structure. This is what is so lacking in many other bulb books that simply march through the species with either superficial descriptions or highly technical DNA counts and other technical information that does not help the average grower.
The book is basically divided into two sections--Bulbs in the Garden and Bulbs in the Wild. In the first section is some of the best information about growing bulbs from seed that is currently available. J'anis also includes a lot of other propagation instructions, which have been adopted by growers in Holland, and is also very easy for the average grower to understand. A lot of practical and easy to understand advice about planting bulbs, harvesting bulbs, viral diseases, fertilizing, watering, pollination, and seed harvesting is also included.
In the second part of the book J'anis describes his many adventures as a bulb explorer--and these are his treasures! J'anis explored and researched in a time that will never be replicated and the stories he tells are simply remarkable. They show his enthusiasm, which as all bulb lovers know is a borderline obsession, on finding and introducing new species.Read more ›
Great photos showing the bulbs discussed in this book.Easily recommended.
The first part describes growing bulbs in Latvia, which is quit a bit colder than here in Germany. This part is interesting in how a bulb grower does his work, but it's not really relevant for the gardener.
The second part describes the travels of Ruksans and his friends into the wilds of mostly asia and turkey. It gives insights in how easy it still today is to find new species. Also it describes the practical work of botanists. For instance how to identify a species that was only found and described once over 100 years ago. Also how to differentiate two plants: are they really one species or a species and a subspecies. What I hadn't known before was the big variations of plants that are already available in nature. Ruksans gives for this reason the advice to collect always known species, too, to get all possible variations.
The tales about Russian politics seem so very far away from our middle european democracy. That traveling hasn't gotten better since the collaps of the USSR was really surprising.
To bad the guy doesn't have a website...
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The Buried Treasures Book was purchased as a gift for Christmas and combined with the Forced Bulbs kit made a nice present.Published on December 31, 2012 by Norman A. Davis
This is an okay book. It is very windy, but does have good info if you can stay awake long enough to enjoy it.Published on August 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
The only disappointment I had with this book involved the obvious disagreement I have with the author about the charm of terrestrial orchids and Cyclamen. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by bothellbuyer