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April Showers Bring May Flowers - April 2012

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers & Trees of North America : An Expert Reference and Identification Guide to over 2000 Wild Flowers and Plants from Every Continent With 4000 Beautiful Watercolours, Maps and Photographs
by Tony Russell

This title provides an identification guide to some of the most prominent plants of North America.

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At Home with Flowers: Beautifully Simple Arrangements for Every Room in the House
by Jane Packer

Floral designer Jane Packer shows how to use flowers to bring color, variety and style to every corner of your home. She covers all the basics, from choosing flowers and vases to getting the proportions of arrangements just right.

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Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds
by Harold Davis

Capture stunning macro floral images with this gorgeous guide by acclaimed photographer Harold Davis. You'll learn about different types of flowers, macro equipment basics, and the intricacies of shooting different floral varieties in the field and in the studio.

Harold also shows you techniques in the Photoshop darkroom that can be applied to flower photography to help you get the most out of your images.

Beautiful and authoritative, this guide to photographing flowers is a must-read for every photographer interested in flower photography. Photographing Flowers will also win a place in the hearts of those who simply love striking floral imagery.
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Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs
by Fern Richardson

Small? Yes. A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore. Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the Life on the Balcony blog, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space--even when you have a similarly small budget.

This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that
encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in-between as fair game. It's in these containers--traditional or not--that you'll cultivate your own food, attract beneficial insects, grow flowering vine privacy screens, and so much more. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.
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A Year of Flowers: Creatively Stamped Cards for Every Occasion
by Melanie Muenchinger

With the built-in perpetual calendar and address book, "A Year of Flowers" will not only allow the card crafter to grow and perfect her card-making skills over the course of the year, she can sit down, plan, create, and get cards out on time!
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Flowers in Watercolour
by Wendy Tait

Renowned flower painter Wendy Tait provides beautiful displays of many popular flower varieties including tulips, daffodils and anemones, snake’s head fritillary, a posy of spring flowers, fuchsias, cherry blossom in a jar, oriental poppies, and many roses. Informative notes on details from each finished painting allow artists to reproduce the scenes with confidence.

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Project Garden: A Month-By-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying All Your Backyard Has to Offer
by Stacy Tornio

The family that gardens together, grows together! In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate, and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing at any time of year. Your whole family will be inspired to tend beautiful, practical gardens that work in any space, plant flowers as colorful as they are hardy, whip up delicious meals from vegetables you planted yourself, decorate your garden with nature-inspired crafts and give the gift of growing, with divided plants, cuttings, and seeds you save yourself.
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Window Gardening the Old-Fashioned Way: Tried and True Methods for Turning Any Window, Porch, or Balcony Into a Beautiful Garden
edited by Henry T. Williams

This vintage guide to interior decorating and gardening may have been at the height of fashion at the turn of the century, but many of its classic tips still hold true, and numerous styles and plants have come back into vogue. Learn about the very best flora and equipment to use when adding a green touch to any space, whether it’s a cozy city apartment or a sprawling country villa.

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The Everything Small-Space GardeningBbook: All You Need to Plant, Grow, and Enjoy a Small-Space Garden
by Catherine Abbott

Growing vegetables is a rewarding--and cost-effective--way to eat better for less. However, you might think you lack the space necessary to grow a functioning garden. With this guide, however, you'll learn how to maximize your space and grow delicious vegetables and herbs cheaply and efficiently, whether you have a small backyard or just a windowsill! The book includes expert information on:  how to align plants for maximum compatibility and organic pest deterrence,  building small-space necessities, including self-watering containers and vertical planters, and a variety of plans designed to maximize the amount of food generated at several specific price points.

Productive gardening can and should be a reality for you, regardless of the amount of land you own. This book has everything you need to grow fresh produce in any size space, at any time of year!
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Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses From Your Garden
by Valerie Easton

Forcing flowers to stand up and do tricks is the old way of flower bouquets. That called for flying in blossoms from around the world. The new way is so much more DIY and all about what's happening in the garden right now--no matter the season. Petal & Twig is full of photographs and descriptions of wonderfully fresh combinations from garden-expert Valerie Easton's own garden. With an inviting and personal tone, Easton shows how to assemble floral combinations for color, for fragrance, to express the essence of the season, for the dinner table, for the kitchen, for the bookshelf. Inspiration, experimentation, and simple pleasure are the keys to the new bouquets
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