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The Sweet Pea Book by [Rice, Graham]
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An Englishman with numerous gardening books to his credit, Rice recently wed American garden photographer judywhite, who contributes alluring images to this up-to-date guide to growing Lathyrus odoratus, the charming sweet pea. Rice offers gardeners a brief history of wild and cultivated plants and recommends specific varieties endowed with a strong perfume. A descriptive section lists the most desirable plants along with explanations that help clarify classifications ranging from dwarf and Grandiflora to flower types like Picotee. Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas for cutting or to enliven flower beds and borders should heed Rice's expert counsel on plant culture, care, and propagation, taking advantage, as well, of the proposed design ideas, from intermingling sweet peas so they scramble up rose bushes or shrubs to creating stunning color combinations or planting up eye-catching containers. Alice Joyce
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Sweetpeas. Redolent of English country gardens, full of scent and synonymous of summer, these attractive, easy-to-grow plants can be found in most gardens during the summer months, enchanting the beholder with their beauty and aroma. Easy to grow, if looked after well they will reward the grower a hundredfold, providing vases of cut flowers as well as a vibrant outdoor display. Graham Rice, an expert on annuals, gives a concise account of their history, hybridization, uses and cultivation. From whether to sow in the autumn or spring to chipping the seeds; from growing in beds and borders to growing in containers. He gives his in-depth knowledge in an easy to understand language to ensure gardeners both amateur and veteran benefit from his advice. An A-Z directory of varieties accompanied by the attractive photographs of Judy White gives an insight into the myriad of colours now available - bi-colours, striped, speckled or plain together with a fragrance rating as many, due to over-hybridization, have lost that most enchanting of assets. An informative reference work from an acknowledged expert, this is a valuable addition to any gardener's bookcase and, for connoisseurs of the genus Lathyrus, a must. - Lucy Watson

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  • File Size: 7672 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (February 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T9O2K9W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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