The Tulip is not a gardening book It is the story of a flower that has made men mad Greed, desire, anguish, devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the world wide phenomenon it is today The US alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year, Germany and France even Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries The author, a self confessed tulipomaniac, has spent six years looking for answers No other flower has ever carried so much baggage it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution Roaming through Asia, India, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, the author tells how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by storm In the petals of the exquisite English florists tulips, still exhibited in competition by members of the Wakefield Tulip Society in Yorkshire, runs the blood of flowers first grown by John Evelyn in the middle of the seventeenth century Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, the book also features descriptions of eighty wild species tulips and several hundred garden varieties This beautifully produced and irresistible volume will become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book and a joy to all who possess it Author note Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent, and the author of widely praised gardening books including The Flowering Year and Gardening Companion As well as writing for the Observer for twenty years, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living, and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated She lives in Dorset, England, in an old rectory with a large garden that she has been developing for twenty years Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it...
|Publisher||:||Bloomsbury Publishing Auflage First Edition 14 Januar 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||278 Pages|
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Budding gardneners beware - this book is not about gardening.It's the fascinating history of the journey of the tulip from the wilds of Turkey to Europe.It's certainly worth investing in the hardcover Version for the beautiful pictures.For anyone who is passionate about flowers it's an excellent read.
Ein sehr interessantes und schön gestaltetes Buch über die faszinierende Geschichte einer wunderschönen Pflanze. Habe das Buch im Urlaub in England entdeckt und war froh dass es es noch Lieferbar war.
This is a beautiful book and more of a history book than a garden book. I found it in the history section of a local bookstore. "The Tulip" is filled with color reproductions of paintings and prints executed in the Netherlands in the 16th-18th centuries, so one could argue it is an art book.Although the author tells the story of the introduction of the tulip into the west, the real contribution of the book as far as I am concerned is the author's discourse on the origins of the various kinds of tulips.Reading, "The Tulip" has relieved me of the feelings of intimidation I have experienced as I browsed through the various professional bulb catalogs from growers. These catalogs have quite reasonable prices, and many more bulb offerings than can be found in local garden center stores, however, they never contain photos and provide only sparse information about the growing requirements and behaviour of specific bulbs. Knowing more about the geographic origins, history, and growing preferences of various tulip types has made me bolder, and I am experimenting with many new bulbs this year.If you're new to gardening, you may not find this book very useful. Try the Eyewitness Garden Handbook "Bulbs" to get started growing bulbs, including tulips.
What a big disappointment this book was!! I love gardens, love gardening, and majored in history, so I thought a history of the tulip would be a great buy, but boy does Anna Pavord overdo what could have been a good thing. This book is at least 50% too expensive and 50% too long, and it would have been so much better if the author had forgotten about trying to be comprehensive (the second half of the book is nothing but a huge catalog of species of interest only to professional horticulturists) and put more effort into making some of the fasxinating people she mentions in the first half come alive. Instead, the book turns into an over-rapid tour through hundreds of years of history, with little or no attempt made to provide background details that would help us put an undoubtedly fascinating story in context. The interesting parts of the tulip's history - particularly the Dutch tulip mania of the 1630s - are given little more weight than lengthy trawls through far less fascinating periods. Sure, the book looks great but, really, what a shame.
This book, generally touted as 'the definitive book' on tulips, is somewhat disappointing. More interesting historical information exists on tulipomania and tulip fever. Particularly irksome is the prevalence of passages in French with no English translations. Come on, Ms Pavord, we aren't all academics schooled in French! I thought information on the discovery of the virus that causes tulips to 'break' should have been included: so much has been written already about tulip fever through the 16th and 17th centuries that to continue the history to the 1920s, when the cause of breaking tulips was discovered, would have rounded out the picture nicely. But we only receive a vague reference here and there. Considering also that the latter part of the book concerns species and hybrid tulips, more photographs would have been helpful. One description sounds much like another after a while.
Tulips, I admit, are my favorite flower. I only wished they bloomed for a longer period of time! But now that I have The Tulip I think I will be able to get through the summer, fall, and winter more easily.I really enjoyed this book in every way. The plates and illustrations are beautifully reproduced, and I did not find that they were insufficiently linked to the text. In fact, I found that after reading the text I could look at the illustrations for a long time, seeing more and more detail that I know would have passed me by without the text.The emphasis in this book is on the history of the tulip, something that I find really fascinating. From its beginnings in the Ottoman empire through its introduction to western gardens, the bacteria that led to the famous "breaks" in tulip coloration and then tulip mania, this book is a delightful, entertaining and very informative read.
A wonderful book. I got it from the library and read it very quickly - now I am buying it. There is a very good balance between the various sections - mercifully the Dutch tulip mania is not more than 50 pages or so - all info on that bubble is available in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crrowds (Mackay). One is given sufficient information on the various historical aspects without going into too many details. The focus of the book is, after all, the tulip. The illustrations are perfect - excellent colour reproduction (amazing that it can be done for such a low price) and the list of cultivars at the end of the book is fascinating - particularly to a non-gardener such as myself.
If you're looking for some insight into the 1600's tulip craze before making a trip to the Netherlands, this is NOT the book to buy. Try "Tulipomania" by Mike Dash instead. His version is way more entertaining and easy to understand. I know Anna Pavord's book is well-regarded, but for amateur gardeners and people who are mainly interested in discovering WHY the bulb frenzy occurred, her phone-book size tome is way over the top w/information. I found it plodding and skimmed many pages only to find that she hadn't answered the key question of how the craze developed. Skip this mega-volume and try the other unless you're a serious horticulturalist.