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Gardening with Hardy Geraniums

A book by Birgitte Husted Bendtsen

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Superb detail...and the photos!

  • May 21, 2010
I love gardening! Several years ago I fell in love with hardy geraniums and have, over the years, acquired several varieties without knowing a lot about them. No longer can I say that, thanks to Birgitte Husted Bendtsen's beautiful book published by Timber Press.

Most of the detailed photos are by Ms. Bendtsen herself. Chapters discuss family and genus, cultivation and propagation, specialty uses such as in rock gardens, beneath roses and more. There's a section on bee pollination that includes the most charming photo of two bees curled up in the bowl of a Geranium Gracile bloom.

Chapters discuss the many different types of hardy geraniums and give information on each type. (Did you know that two different hardy geraniums planted close together can have "children"? Did you know that Geranium Sanguineum can be identified as such because it produces a single flower rather than a pair?) I have several clumps of G. Sanguineum in my mountain cottage garden--a gift from a fellow gardener. By comparing a blossom to the twenty varieties shown in the book, I was able to determine that I have "John Elsley."

As another reviewer stated, G. Ann Folkard may not adapt well to a wet and cold climate. I live in a rainy area and can say that this variety does quite well as does G. Brookside. Not mentioned in the book is the extreme hardiness of G. A.T. Johnson. I started ten years ago with one four-inch plant and now have patches of A.T. in every bed. It propagated very well.

Buy this book. It's a wonderful addition to your gardening library.

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"Avid gardeners with a passion for geraniums will relishGardening with Hardy Geraniumsas [an] in-depth survey of geranium varieties."—Bookwatch, August 2005 (Bookwatch)

"A first-class reference book describing over 400 geraniums, including many of the latest cultivars. The photographs are excellent, detailing both flowers and leaves for quick and easy identification of plants, the descriptions clear and concise."—Sue Tasker, Professional Gardener, April 2006 (Sue TaskerProfessional Gardner)

"The faultless photography offers a botanist's ideal of blossom and leaf varieties. ... This spectacular work should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of home gardeners and horticulturists."—Mary Ellen Snodgrass, American Reference Books Annual, March 2006 (Mary Ellen SnodgrassAmerican Reference Books Annual)
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ISBN-10: 0881927163
ISBN-13: 978-0881927160
Author: Birgitte Husted Bendtsen
Genre: Home & Garden, Nonfiction
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
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