The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs (Hardcover)

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The Cape Region, at the southern tip of Africa, is easily among the richest centers for bulbous plants and probably the most famous. Nearly 1200 species of bulbous plants find their home there and almost three-quarters of them occur nowhere else. This first complete account of all the bulbous plants of the Cape Floral Region is an essential aid to the identification of all species presently in cultivation as well as the many others that are potentially valuable horticultural subjects. The book is richly illustrated with high-quality color photographs of more than half the species of Cape bulbs, many of which have never been illustrated before.

About the Author


John C. Manning is senior specialist scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. An expert on the iris and hyacinth families, he has collaborated extensively with Peter Goldblatt on the study of the South African flora and is the author of several wildflower guides for the region.


Peter Goldblatt is a leading expert on the iris family, having spent his life studying its taxonomy and evolution. Author of many scientific papers and books, he is coauthor with John Manning of The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbsand The Iris Family.

Praise For…


“The horticultural world owes the authors—and the publishers—a great debt of gratitude for this exceptional work.” —Pacific Horticulture
 
“Definitely a reference book for bulb enthusiasts, we strongly recommend it if you are interested in the subject.” —Bloomings Books

“This is an excellent book for any botanical, horticultural or gardening collection.” —E-Streams

“These pictures are superbly printed, beautifully sharp and with very good colour, so this book is a real treat for the botanist or gardener who is keen on bulbs.” —NYBG's Plant Talk

“While aiming for comprehensiveness for botanists, the volume is also a breathtaking guide for travelers and a lavishly illustrated source of inspriation for gardeners.” —SciTech Book News

“A rigorous, comprehensible treatment of the subject and the only book of its kind. It also is a very beautiful book.” —Pappus

“This larege, handsome volume documents for the first time the amazing variety of species bulbs found in the Cape region of South Africa. . . . They are offered alphabetically by genus, making it a user-friendly text for beginner and old-hand alike.” —University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin

“The first guide to the nearly 600 species of bulbs from the southern tip of Africa, many of which are beginning to bring unusual beauty to outdoor and indoor gardens in America.” —Avant Gardener

“I can not think of any other trio of botanists whose combined knowledge of the subject would be greater. Each of them is an expert in their field, and they all write so very well. . . . With over 600 wonderful color photographs, this book is not only a great reference work, but also an inspiration for all who love bulbs and plants in general to visit this enchanting part of the world.” —Gardening Newsletter
 
“This book will delight those interested in botanical distinctions.” —California Garden
 
“This book is a glorious work, with stunning photos mostly of the plants growing in habitat.” —Let’s Talk Plants

“This book is a marvelous contribution by three of theh world’s best known botanists. I can confidently predict that it will increase in value with time and will be an asset to libraries and book collectors alike. All bulb enthusiasts should own a copy of this magnificent volume.” —South African Journal of Botany

 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780881925470
ISBN-10: 0881925470
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: December 31st, 2002
Pages: 486
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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