Brian Rittershausen and Sara Rittershausen - Orchid Basics - Octopus

Orchid Basics

By Brian Rittershausen and Sara Rittershausen

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

Found in nearly every climatic condition in the world and consisting of some 25,000 to 30,000 species, orchids are one of the largest groups of flowering plants.

Elegant and exotic, the allure of orchids is undeniable and this practical guide will ensure that even the most nervous newcomer can grow them with confidence. With expert advice, clear instuctions and step-by-step photographs father and daughter team Brian and Sara Rittershausen explain all the techniques you will need to ensure that your orchids flourish every time. There are hints and tips on watering, feeding and the optimum lighting and temperature conditions in which to grow your plants in addition to advice on propagation, hybridization and caring for orchids in pots. Also included is an extensive directory of all the specialized and popular orchid groups.

Biographical Notes

Brian Rittershausen has been writing and lecturing for many years and is an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee.Sara Rittershausen is the proprietor of Burnham Nurseries in Devon and writes for the National Orchid Journal and many other publications.Location: Devon, UK

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780600617570
  • Publication date: 15 Jun 2008
  • Page count: 128
  • Imprint: Hamlyn
Mitchell Beazley

RHS 50 Plants You Can't Kill

Jamie Butterworth
Authors:
Jamie Butterworth

It's time to take control of your outdoor (or indoor) space with 50 Plants That You Can't Kill. These 50 easy-to-grow plants have been selected for their love of neglect and their ability to withstand even the most forgetful of gardeners. Whether you're looking for edibles for your windowsill, potted plants for your balcony or climbers for your garden, there's something for everyone.Handy plant profiles tell you why to grow it, where to put it and how to look after it, helping your plants to thrive without too much maintenance from you!- 50 resilient and easy-to-care-for plants- Plants in the same family and other alternatives give you even more choice- Clear and simple profiles tell you the space, light, water and soil requirements of each plant- Expert care advice in the form of dos and don'ts- Contains basic information on planting, watering, growing from seed and feeding

Kyle Books

Crops in Tight Spots

Alex Mitchell
Authors:
Alex Mitchell

Short of outdoor space but want to grow fruit and vegetables? Congratulations. Really, lucky you. Not for you the back-breaking trudge of tending large spaces of land, the weeding, digging and pest vigilance. Gluts? They will mean nothing to you. Instead you can look forward to small but perfectly formed bursts of flavour. Handfuls of fresh leaves, berries and tomatoes, just when you want them, and at arm's reach. As more of us live in cities with restricted outside spaces, growing food becomes all the more important, not just for the delicious results, but as a mindful way to connect us to the seasons and to nature. Full of tried-and-tested, fool-proof crop ideas exclusively tailored for containers, raised beds and small gardens, Crops in Tight Spots guarantees vegetable growing success for even the most newbie of gardeners and limited of spaces.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Colour Companion

Dr Ross Bayton, Richard Sneesby
Authors:
Dr Ross Bayton, Richard Sneesby
Mitchell Beazley

RHS Design Outdoors

Matthew Keightley
Authors:
Matthew Keightley

Do you want your outdoor space to look as stylish and as well designed as your home? RHS Design Outdoors will give you the ideas and know-how you need to make that happen. Award-winning designer Matt Keightley has curated a collection of 35 gardens, created either by him or by other leading contemporary designers, that will provide theinspiration to transform your outdoor space. Gardeners features include award-winning designers Jo Thompson, Tom Stuart Smith, Tony Woods, Charlotte Rowe and Andrew Wilson. For each case study there is a detailed plan, information on the plants and materials used and a wealth of gorgeous photography by leading garden photographer Marianne Majerus.The designs are organized into five categories: Showstoppers at Home - high-design concepts that are nonetheless achievable; Family-friendly - gardens that incorporate play areas and socialising; Minimalist - spaces with larger areas of hard landscaping and bold, restrained planting; Plants First - gardens where more than half of the outdoor space is planted; and Other Spaces - roof terraces, basement areas and front gardens. This wide array of garden styles means that there is inspiration for all types of garden, and for all types of gardener.

Kyle Books

Vintage Flowers

Vic Brotherson
Authors:
Vic Brotherson
Mitchell Beazley

RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs?

Guy Barter
Authors:
Guy Barter

RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs assists with all of the most common problems encountered in a garden - as well as some slightly more unusual ones. The RHS's Chief Horticulturist, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year.This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information. Feature boxes of interesting facts enable you to really get to grips with the issue at hand.As the cause of a problem is not always apparent, the main symptom is used as the starting point in each section, enabling you to troubleshoot all your garden problems. This is not a dull reference book full of lists - it is an easy-to-read and amusing look at how we battle with nature in our gardens, showing you how to either come out top or to surrender with dignity.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists

Matthew Biggs
Authors:
Matthew Biggs
Mitchell Beazley

The Almanac

Lia Leendertz
Authors:
Lia Leendertz

THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews '...it already feels like an annual necessity' - India Knight 'Joyous' - Allan Jenkins 'Updated for 2019 with more lovely ideas to celebrate the seasons' - Gardens Illustrated A perfect toolkit connecting with the world around us and the year ahead as it unfolds - all in a compact and pocket size that just begs you to pick it up and browse - Reckless Gardener or Its range of information and depth of understanding of our seasons is priceless - Reckless GardenerThe Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019 reinvents the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. It gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour, folklore and stories, seasonal recipes and charts tracking moon phases and tides. Why not try identifying trees by their bare buds in January; Enjoy Buttermilk scones with orangle blossom & honey butter in June; Discover the Chinese New Year story of 'The great race' in February.You will find yourself referring to the almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close.Praise for The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018:'The perfect companion to the seasons' - India Knight'A richly layered book of events, celebrations and everyday information that together create a beautiful, fascinating resource . . . In the single month I've had my hands on it, the book has quietly "worked".' - Telegraph'Beautifully written, this pocket-sized guide is a labour of love and will remind you to appreciate little moments throughout the year.' - Gardens Illustrated'Elegant . . . an ideal stocking filler.' - The English Garden

Kyle Books

Rurbanite Handbook

Alex Mitchell
Authors:
Alex Mitchell

In cities around the world, we are redefining our sense of urban living. No longer satisfied with a grey, sterile metropolis, we want the best of both worlds - the energy and diversity of the city, but a connection with nature too. Filled with practical advice, projects and inspiring stories from bus stop landscapers, guerrilla gardeners, urban homesteaders and rooftop beekeepers from all over the world, The Rurbanite illustrates how our cityscapes are being transformed and shows you how enjoyable and simple it is to: * turn your back garden into an urban homestead * put a green roof on your garden shed * plant to encourage wildlife * guerrilla garden * keep bees, hens, quails, ducks * learn to identity the wild flowers growing out of cracks in the pavement * turn ex-industrial sites into vibrant community gardens

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Little Book of Happy Houseplants

Holly Farrell
Authors:
Holly Farrell
Mitchell Beazley

RHS Little Book of Small-Space Gardening

Kay Maguire
Authors:
Kay Maguire

Make the most of your balconies and windowsills with this handy gardening guide from the author of the award-winning RHS Grow Your Own Crops in Pots.RHS Little Book of Small-space Gardening is packed with practical information and inspirational ideas for anyone who wants to grow plants in a variety of outside spaces, from balconies to stairways, windowsills to doorsteps. Look inside to discover a host of creative step-by-step projects, such as speedy salads, wildlife pots, fragrant baskets and green garden walls. Handy plant profiles tell you what's best to grow in a variety of conditions, such as wind, shade and drought.Whether you choose to start with a simple pot or tackle a more ambitious project, with this beautifully illustrated book you'll soon see how even the smallest spaces can be amazing growing spaces.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Gardening School

Simon Akeroyd, Dr Ross Bayton
Authors:
Simon Akeroyd, Dr Ross Bayton

Keen amateur gardeners and aspiring professionals can learn from the expertise of the RHS with this handy guide.It doesn't matter if you're an old hand at gardening or just starting out, there are always things to discover and opportunities to improve, whether it's mastering a new technique or brushing up on your botany.RHS Gardening School is the perfect guide for gardeners who want to learn. Inside you'll find chapters on:Understanding plants Everyday garden care Problem solvingPlanting designGardening through the yearand much more. Hands-on guidance and step-by-step instructions explain topics such as pruning, pest and diseases, weed removal and caring for lawns. Expert gardeners explain the underlying principles in plain English, while clear diagrams and beautiful photographs inspire and inform.Become a better, smarter, more productive gardener with this complete guide to horticulture in one handy book.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Grow Your Own: Crops in Pots

Kay Maguire
Authors:
Kay Maguire
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Companion Planting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Pruning and Tidying

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Weeding without Chemicals

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Composting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Simple & Green Pest & Disease Control

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

This is where Bob, with his 30 years' experience of organic gardening, comes in handy. Bob explains the best methods for removing and preventing a wide variety of common garden pests, from aphids and slugs to vine weevils and whitefly. He goes on to discuss the most effective and organic ways to avoid and cope with diseases, such as dieback, canker, silver leaf and rust. One in an indispensable series of books, Simple, Green Pest and Disease Control will answer all your queries in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving you to enjoy your garden, pest and disease-free.

Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Sowing, Planting, Watering

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

Bob Flowerdew draws on his 30 years of experience to guide you, step-by-step, through the process of preparing for, planting and nurturing your plants. He will guide you around the common mistakes, make sure you don't dampen off your seeds, save you from over or under-watering, talk you through cutting, layering, rhizomes, when is the most effective time to feed, and many other tips that will give you the knowledge and confidence to get going in your garden. This is one book of an indispensable series that can answer all your queries and, because it's Bob, no doubt make you laugh too.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Miniature Garden Grower

Holly Farrell
Authors:
Holly Farrell