Many thanks David ... the Grey-Wilson & Blamey book has been the 'bible' for visitors to the Alps for so many years (including us) and our new book is intended to act as a photographic reference guide for less botanically experienced travellers. We hope the images will entrance, educate and entertain in equal measures. Feedback will be greatly appreciated please.
Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!
Hasn't been anything on this topic for a while and obviously many gardeners pretty well love books nearly as much as their gardens. These are some hand coloured plates from 'The Floricultural Cabinet' which was published from the 1830's on, and show what an amazing range of plants were being cultivated (I suppose not surprising because it was the height of introductions to the UK from all over the world). With the ease of photographic reproduction these days it is quite hard to sense how very striking these plates must have been ...except that they are really just as striking today for anyone who knows the plants, and they were painted with great sensitivity.
Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
Just arrived from New Zealand (many thanks Steve), a copy of the WONDERFUL 'Above the Treeline' (A nature guide to alpine New Zealand) by Alan F. Mark.
This magnificent field guide to New Zealand's rich and diverse alpine environment features 472 pages, more than 1150 colour photographs, two maps and includes detailed descriptions of more than 675 species of flowering plants.
The ISBN is 978-1-877517-76-1 and it is published by Craig Potton Publishing. The superb images include contributions by forum members, Steve Newall, David Lyttle, Dave Logan, Dave Toole and many others.
Thoroughly recommended (even if the recommendation happens to come from a New Zealand plant devotee).
I'am maybe a little late, I just was checking out this post, but the book 'The Greater Perfection' is available through Hortus Press for $75.00.I bought 4 copies last year for friends and myself.She has also available 'The Caucasus And Its Flowers' for $25.00http://www.hortuspress.com/pdf/hpOrderForm.pdf