Do you love flowers? I love flowers but have always felt bad having cut flowers in the house. It seems sad to me to kill something so that I can have a bit of beauty for a short period. This is why I have potted plants throughout my house and try enjoying the beauty whenever it naturally happens. With us gardening more this year, I have also considered having more flowers panted in the yard. While I have grown vegetables for some time, flowers are entirely new to me. This is one of the reasons I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to review a new book – Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening, by Matt Mattus. Once my digital copy of the book arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started!
Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: What Is It
Are you considering having a flower garden this year? IF so, we think you will love Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening. Here is what the publisher has to say about this new book:
A comprehensive and highly practical study of the art of growing flowers, Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening presents expert tips on growing both annuals and biennials (including native and heirloom species) alongside hundreds of lush photographs.
This gorgeously illustrated book by Matt Mattus is based on decades of first-hand experience in his own garden and greenhouse made popular on his blog Growing with Plants. Every variety or species presented is one that he has personally trialed and grown. Mattus sets you up for success by providing everything you need to know about starting seeds, soil, sowing, hardening off, to transplanting, and growing on. Then, in the following chapters, you’ll find tips for growing over 100 different annuals from seed and many summer bulbs, vines like wisteria and even blooming shrubs like lilacs. Every flower includes detailed information based on his hands-on experience, going beyond the information typically available on the seed packet or a nursery tag.
Learn details and cultural facts that will help you grow better flowers while introducing you to many more. You’ll find tips for topics like how to grow challenging annual poppies and biennials from seedand forcing flowers for winter blooms. Just a small selection of the flowers covered: heirloom and exhibition chrysanthemums, larkspurs and annual poppies, delphiniums, peonies, lilacs and wisteria. Bulbs include spring and summer bulbs such as anemone, ranunculus, tulips, lilies, gladiolus, and cut flower dahlias, while winter indoor bulbs cover every aspect of forcing bulbs indoors like narcissus, amaryllis, South African bulbs–and even how to force Lily of the Valley.
In short, there is nothing ordinary about this book—it is unlike any other cut flower book you will find.
Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: Our Thoughts
Okay, I will freely admit, I was awed by this book. If you are looking for an encyclopedia of flowers with information on various types, how to plan, and care for many flowers, this is that book. Unlike most books I have seen like this, however, the book is extremely approachable and down to Earth. Anyone can pick up the book and truly understand about growing flowers. It truly felt like having a friend talking to you about flowers and how to make sure you succeed. There were so many flowers I had never heard of and made me want them badly after seeing all the stunning pictures throughout the book. Honestly, after reading Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening, I genuinely want to go out and buy some seeds or bulbs and start a little flower garden. If you are looking at creating a flower garden, this book is a must for your collection!
Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: Where to Purchase
Want to purchase this new gardening book for yourself or a gardener in your life? You can find Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening on Amazon.com for under $20. Who knew that having a flower garden could be so easy and fun?