The first book, In Search of Lost Roses by Thomas Christopher is a small book that is full of many tales, all of them about roses. The large Lady Banks rose in Arizona, rose rustling in Texas, Josephine's planting style at Malmaison, identification of Chinese roses, the wanderings of Robert Fortune, the "Mother Lode" of roses in California, and a private garden of 8,500 rose bushes sold because of a tax increase, are just a few of the tales told.
Even with so many tales in one book, the writing flows easily. Dick Streeper states that it is "masterful storytelling", and that describes it perfectly. If you love roses, you will find yourself unable to put this book down.
It is a classic.
Another classic book for rose lovers is How to Pronounce French Rose Names by Diana Bellucci. The title states it all. If you want to ask for a rose without stating "I'm not sure how to pronounce it, but it might be Du-sure or Dew-shay", then you can look it up and know that it's the latter.
Want to pronounce the rose Souvenir de Gilbert Nabonnand correctly? Just look it up, and you will find that it is pronounced as soo-vneer duh zheel-behr nah-bo-na(n). German roses are also listed, so you can pronounce Pink Frau Karl Druschki as fraow kahrl DROOSH-kee. Even those of us with a southern drawl can feel confident knowing that we are pronouncing our rose names correctly!
(The rose photos are from last November.)
Now it's your turn! Please join us every 20th of the month with your own garden book review. Any book with a gardening influence qualifies.