First outlining the history of the peony, Peonies is then split into chapters – Pure, Dramatic, Romantic and Fragrant – and includes over 50 beautiful varieties as well as detailing when they bloom, their size and, of course, what they'll look like.
From Shawnee Chief to Sarah Bernhardt, you'll discover an eclectic selection of specimens from those that have the best visual appearance to those with the most fragrant perfume. The final section, Growing and Care, outlines those varieties which are easiest to grow and which produce the best flowers for cutting.
With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the beauty of the majestic peony.$39.99
A gorgeous, inspirational and fun gardening book jam-packed with ideas, tips, projects and great advice all based on Sophie's own garden in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Sophie has transformed what was once a dry, windswept cow paddock surrounding her historic stone cottage into a lush garden. But it's not a mere showplace – it's a working garden that reflects all Sophie's passions: a kids' garden, an 'obsessive-compulsive' gardener's treasure trove, a recycled/repurposed garden, a haven for beneficial insects and bees, and a productive garden supplying her family with fruit, veg and eggs year-round. It's also a work in progress that everyone can learn from.$34.99
Mushrooms are popping up everywhere! On restaurant menus, in grocery aisles, at local farmer’s markets, and not just the ubiquitous white buttons we’ve seen for years. What once were exotic are now almost commonplace – shiitake, chanterelle, cremini, enoki: the list grows longer every year.
Understanding how mushrooms grow is crucial to successfully cultivating them, and Mushroom Cultivation offers comprehensive instruction both on how mushrooms grow and how you can cultivate them yourself to enrich your soil, speed up your composting, and even to suppress weeds. Some cultivate mushrooms for medicinal use or make them into teas and tinctures.
After reading Mushroom Cultivation, you'll discover that growing a mushroom is really no more difficult than growing a tomato. You just need a slightly different set of skills.$32.99
This is the remarkable story of the project undertaken by Paul Bangay and Monash University to transform a neglected car park at the university's Prato campus in Tuscany into a traditional Renassance walled garden, befitting its location.
The Italian Garden is part restoration story, part vicarious travel tale and a completely fascinating story of how the discovery 50 years ago of a series of neglected and hidden fifteenth century frescos led to the creation of the stunning Palazzo Vaj garden, inspired by the water features, grottos and planting symmetry of classic Italian Renaissance gardens.$49.99
Fleur McHarg is one of the most in-demand florists and floral arrangers in Australia. She brings over 25 years of experience in creating unique floral arrangements for every kind of event imaginable, and colours it with her unique take on colour, the personalities of flowers and why there are some things you should never do.
In The Flower Expert she shares her astute flower philosophy, including:
- Over 30 of her favourite flowers and how to use them
- Why some combinations work and others don't
- How to select a base and blend colours for a flower arrangement
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavours, colours and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-colour photography.
Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: it’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.$49.99