Photography by Russell McGeorge
Published by David Bateman
PAMELA McGeorge's knowledge
of and exuberance for gardening matters - and her husband's keen
eye for composition - are well known to readers through the pages
of Weekend Gardener. Recently, in WG issue 143, Pamela
McGeorge gave us a hint of things to come with her article on lilies,
Special Treasures. Her book, out this month, confirms her passion
for the Liliaceae family.
The story of lilies is
refreshingly retold and their taxonomic complexities cleverly unravelled.
The history of hybridisers - among others, New Zealand's J.S. Yeates
- is absorbing, as is the analysis of the eight divisions of hybrids
in the chapter, Lilies for Today's World. This is also a practical
book stacked with planting ideas and tips on propagation.
Add to this chapters
on lilies for display, pests and diseases, and an observation from
Alberta, Canada, on growing lilies in cold climates (mulch, mulch
and more mulch is the key) and you have a comprehensive readable
Gardener, Issue 145, 2004, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH