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A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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“Norris is a charming guide. It’s difficult not to be seduced by his enthusiasm and tantalizing descriptions of the colors, textures, ruffles, and patterns of the iris species.” —Publishers Weekly
“A green thumbs up, especially as this is a fresh, timely, and appealing presentation of the topic.” —Library Journal
“A handsome book.” —Country Gardens
“Comprehensive and up-to-date, all the while brimming with an enthusiasm that is exhilarating, inspiring.” —American Gardener
“[Norris] is an enthusiastic young American who writes in a readable style with his passion for irises coming across on each page.” —The Garden
“Norris will offer fresh inspiration, as well as growing tips and descriptions of recommended cultivars.” —NJ.com
“It’s a rainbow of a book, with deliciously coloured section pages and graphics that mark it out as having a modern approach to this potentially old-fashioned flower.” —The Independent
From the Back Cover
- where bearded irises come from
- how to use them in your garden
- how the newest varieties are created
- what the best varieties are in each of the six main classifications
- how to deal with pests and diseases
Above all, you'll learn just how versatile, exciting, and rewarding bearded irises can be. If you'r not an iris lover already, A Guide to Bearded Irises is sure to win you over!
Top Customer Reviews
_A Guide to Bearded Irises_ is the work of Kelly D. Norris, a dedicated iris enthusiast and rising star in the world of horticulture. As the title says, the scope of the book is limited to the bearded irises, from the tiny miniature dwarfs to the tall bearded. So arilbreds and beardless types such as Siberians and Louisians are not included. Bearded irises are the most widely grown type, and provide more than enough material for a book of this size.
The information on how to grow bearded irises is thorough and accurate. For completeness, there is a chapter on known pests and diseases of irises, although Norris asserts (quite fairly, in my experience) that properly grown irises seldom experience many of these problems. There is a chapter on hybridizing irises for those readers who are curious about this activity. (Most of our current cultivars were produced through the efforts of hobbyist hybridizers.) There's also a welcome chapter on common "myths" about irises (such as they idea that they spontaneously "revert" to a different color after a few years).
But the meat of this book is the description of recommended cultivars in each of the six bearded iris classes, each accompanied by large, beautiful photographs.Read more ›
What a delightful and informative book! Easy to understand language with great photos to illustrate the information presented on the page. So too enough photos of the various types of bearded iris to give ideas for the garden or on a cold winter day fill the need for some color.
I love the colorful way the chapters begin, the footnotes showing the name of the irises should one want to purchase the very one seen on the page. Refreshing stories along with some of the photos make for fun reading as well. I can not imagine anyone not being able to find the right sized iris for the garden. Sized, I say, indeed! Bearded irises come in sizes from less than 8 inches to taller than 27 ½ inches (sometimes 42 inches).
A great coffee table addition!
Janet Smith, CA
He does give good culture points, but I personally could do without the garden design suggestions.
Overall, a bit repetitive, but I still like the book very much. A good reference to have if you are a true iris lover and not just a casual gardener.
All classes of the bearded irises are beautifully described.
A well produced book for us global readers and I can recommend this book to anyone with an interest in irises. Well done Kelly D Norris.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative, allergic to them, but still grow them because they are so beautiful. The book covers a lot of the history of bearded irises, pretty much everything you cold ever want... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue R.
Some very pretty irises are pictured but when I tried to find the varieties I liked the best, even the author does not sell them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frosty
"A 350-page book on irises?" my wife said when I opened my box. "What do you need that for? Read morePublished 10 months ago by jdlcav
I've recently caught iris fever and for some reason couldn't find a good book about them online. I located a copy of this book at my local library and am inhaling every word. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pacifico
I was expecting something more vibrant that really displayed the regality of the iris. The book was bland, the pictures small and uninviting and I really didn't learn anything that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by G. Jones
I loved Kelly Norris's book A guide to Bearded Irises. It covered every aspect of Iris growth, history, and is very up to date.Published 14 months ago by Marvin Breig
I was excited at the thought of owning this book since I am such a huge lover (and grower) of Iris. However, I was deeply disappointed in this
book. I read the book. Read more