Book about Hardy Bulbs

Alberto Castillo
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 05:03:09 PST

>From: "Alberto Grossi" <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: "PBS" <>
>Subject: [pbs] Book about Hardy Bulbs
>Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:22:51 +0100
>Hi all, reading "Bulbous Plants of Sothern Africa" by Du Plessis and 
>Duncan, I had notice of a book by Grey "Hardy Bulbs" in three volumes, 
>1938. Anyone read it? Do it deals with exotic-temperate bulbs or only with 
>bulbs from cold area?
>Many thanks.
>Alberto Grossi

Grey's "Hardy Bulbs" was a monumental work and the standard about 
cultivation until Brian Mathew had his " Dwarf Bulbs" out. In the meantime 
there were scores of bulb books out but mostly they were copies of copies of 
copies and lots of practical mistakes are found in them, making them  
useless. . What makes Grey's books so outstanding is that he actually grew 
the bulbs (of several families inluding orchids) and discusses in length 
problems found. His descriptions are very acurate for his time. Time ago 
there was a thread in PBS on everyone's favorite book and a number of 
outstanding ones were listed.

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