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Irises: A Gardener's Encyclopedia Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2005
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Her many photographs will please devoted irisarians, especially members of iris societes. -- W. George Walters Pacific Horticulture 20060501 The more than 1,100 color photographs, most taken by [Austin], in this book entice even readers with a casual interest in her subject. -- Julienne L. Wood American Reference Books Annual 20060301 The close-up pictures of iris flowers would be invaluable to anyone trying to identify a particular cultivar or species, or for anyone wanting to include irises in a garden design. The book includes sections on all the main species, sections and cultivars, together with chapters on cultivation, pests and diseases, hybridising and growing from seed. -- Sue Tasker Professional Gardener 20060401 As a reference book, Irises should be invaluable to horticulturalists and iris breeders, but even amateur gardeners will enjoy browsing through its pages. -- David Papayanopulos Long Island Horticultural Society Journal 20060401 Page after page of color closeups will enchant both the casual browser and careful collector. There's a wealth of information here. -- Karen Preuss Northwest Garden News 20060501 Few books that call themselves encyclopedias live up to that term. This one does. It is a book for the layperson and is filled with 1,100 color pictures to make your mouth water. ... I defy you to read this book without making an extensive wish list to order from the catalogs in the back. This a real gem from Timber Press. -- Cheryl B. Wilson Daily Hampshire Gazette 20060331 The contents comprise 22 chapters written in good down-to-earth language and profusely illustrated with high-quality photographs covering the genus Iris. Iris Society Yearbook 20051201 An extraordinary work, [Irises] presents an excellent overview of the genus Iris. ... [Austin] provides brief, very readable descriptions of hundreds of irises, and accompanies almost all of the descriptions with excellent photographs of the plant's flower. -- Tom Karwin Monterey County Herald 20060805
A gorgeous encyclopedia with bearded and beardless irises suitable for gardens through a wide variety of zones including hot and dry, temperate and even cold northern climates. Includes irises with particularly striking foliage, scent, patterned falls, and ruffled edges. 1000 color photographs throughout.
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Top customer reviews
I want to know about hybridizing bearded irises and this book gives a very good general overview. Better than the other books, but still fairly general in cross-making information.
I also used it to look for answers to some weird occurrences in my Irises this year and found no description of the symptoms in the pests/diseases part. The other books didn't have the problem either so I am frustrated, but perhaps shouldn't blame this book for not providing the answer.
This IS ABSOLUTELY the best book on the market on the subject though, better, fuller, glossier, and more comprehensive than the rest I've seen. I was a little surprised to see it is mostly a listing of irises in cultivation which is an ambitious undertaking.
I would caution against using any book to identify unknown Irises as there are just too many cultivars to be sure you've got the right name. However, I absolutely would (and did) use it to verify the identities of named Irises with a few nametags that got mixed up.
I would've given it 5 stars if there had been a little more information on the aforementioned items. I perhaps owe it 5 stars simply for the amazing job they did on the species Irises which no other book comes close to matching.
If you are an Iris enthusiasts or want to become one, this is the book to own!
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A good read, and very useful