forcing, etc

forcing, etc
by Katherine Whiteside

154 pages
Workman Publishing and Smith & Hawken, 1999
List Price: $24.95

It's too bad that this book is presently out of print, because I've yet to find a comparable title that presents such a useful variety of information on forcing bulbs.  But don't dismiss that "etc" in the title.

You might expect profiles on each of the commonly-forced bulbs, such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, and these are included here, but the detailed information on growing tender bulbs such as Amaryllis (Hippeastrum),  Oxalis, and Clivia helps add even more character to your winter quarters.  If those aren't enough, suggestions for houseplants that can fill in the gaps between bulb blooms will keep a gardener entertained until spring.

Also included are instructions for forcing branches from flowering shrubs and trees into bloom weeks and sometimes months before their usual time. Who wouldn't love the bright yellow forsythia blooms in February? Cut a branch at the end of January, bring it inside, put it in water, and three weeks later - sunshine in a vase! There are suggestions for thirteen such trees and shrubs.

Yet another section gives tips on propagation and there's a resource guide with a few suggestions for where to find what you need.  Smith & Hawken, whose name is on the front of the book, is one of the listed sources, but sadly, they closed their doors this year.

Adding to the comprehensive how-to information on the subject matter is the beautiful photography of Richard Felber.  That alone is inspiring enough to motivate a gardener to try their hand at forcing, etc.

Copies of this book can be found in many places online, including Amazon, which has several available via their Marketplace.

Katherine Whiteside is an award-winning freelance garden writer whose stories have appeared in Elle DecorHouse & Garden, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Vogue, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and many foreign publications.  Her first book, Antique Flowers, won two Awards of Merit from the Garden Writers of America.  Her second, Classic Bulbs, was a Main Selection of the Garden Book Club. She is also the author of The Way We Garden Now.

Richard Felber is a leading garden and landscape photographer who regularly contributes to major publications and books.

The book reviewed was purchased by the reviewer.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I have this book and love it! I also have The Way We Garden Now, which is a lovely book. Whiteside is a great writer. And Amazon is a great blessing, isn't it?

Daffodil Planter said...

This is new to me and I thank you for the heads-up and the helpful review.

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Hey Kylee,
Warm wishes for the holidays & a happy, healthy 2010! Always enjoy seeing the smile on your face!
Soon as I can, I'll fave your blog on Blotanical ...
Look forward to connecting there as well as twitter!
btw There's barely room in my study for more gardening/horticulture books, sad to say ;(
xo Alice
aka Bay Area Tendrils

MrBrownThumb said...

This is one of my faves! I did a review of it a while back and I'm glad you're exposing people to it.

I really likes those Gothic looking structures (trellises?) built around the windows using branches and twigs.

Great book for indoor gardeners and gardeners who don't have yards.