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The Remarkable Story of Extra-Petalled Blooms
"A brilliantly readable account of double flowers, exploring everything from their many varieties to their biological development, their long history in our gardens and the powerful emotional responses they elicit. This supremely researched book will leave you appreciating double flowers as never before."
- Stephen Blackmore, Queen's Botanist and former Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
With charms extending from the romantic allure of double roses and the attention-grabbing flamboyance of double tulips to the exquisite perfection of tiny double primroses, double flowers are among the most loved of our garden plants. Double Flowers is the first popular handbook to explore them in depth.
Double flowers are simply flowers with a greater than normal number of petals or petal-like structures. They occur spontaneously in the wild and can also be selected and bred. This superbly illustrated guide - begun by bestselling garden writer Nicola Ferguson before her death in 2007, and completed by Charles Quest-Ritson - celebrates some of the many thousands of beautiful double flowers produced throughout history. The book examines how doubles have arisen; how they are constructed; how and where they will flourish; their particular appeal and how best to place them in the garden; and the advantages and disadvantages of such flowers - for gardeners, for flower-arrangers and for wildlife.
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"Probably the most concise and informative study of double flowers ever...the writing is fluid and lively, never stodgy, and the text flows seamlessly from one subject to the next." * Gardens Illustrated * "Accessible and superbly illustrated...This exquisitely produced book is both a go-to gardener's reference and a moving floral tribute." * The Lady * "The integrity of this book lies in its erudition...Nicola Ferguson was a passionate researcher and in this her great skill is evident." * The English Garden * "A wonderful book that explores the history and origins of the transformative quirk of nature that is double flowers. This lovely book is a joy to read, it is packed with fascinating information and anecdotes and deeply learned, though written with a light touch. Filled with superb illustrations...this book is also a valuable practical guide for the gardener." * Garden Heaven * "Elegantly written and most readable." * The Irish Garden * "Well-observed and superbly illustrated." * Country Life * "This is a book that will help readers to formulate ideas about which plants to choose for different areas of their gardens - valuable both to keen amateur gardeners and designers." * The Garden * "Scholarly and fascinating." -- Rachel de Thame * Sunday Times - Gardening Book of the Year * "It's rare that there's a book you can be sure any gardener would be delighted to be given for Christmas - but this year there's a clear winner. Double Flowers is both erudite and seductively readable, comparable to the writings of Christopher Lloyd - and there simply hasn't been a book on the subject before. Handsomely illustrated, Double Flowers makes irresistible browsing and will have all its readers planning to use them in the year ahead." -- David Sexton * Evening Standard Gardening Books of the Year *