December 2013 Book Review
Garden Club of South Carolina
While browsing in a bookstore in Apalachicola, Florida last August, I came upon a gardening book Orchids for the South by Jack Kramer. This author is well known to many gardeners. He has written and spoken on garden topics for quite a number of years.
This book walks you through the process of acquiring the correct species for your area, tending the plants and being a successful orchid gardener. The color photography is spectacular. Just about everything that has to do with orchids can be found in this book. Mr. Kramer lists Carter and Holmes Co. in Newberry, South Carolina listing of United States orchid suppliers. He addresses the growing of orchids indoors as well as outdoors. I found the section about growing orchids outside especially interesting, using lath houses and screens as well as adapting your individual space to be orchid friendly. The section on most commonly asked questions about orchids is an especially good idea. Have you ever heard of an orchid chart? I had not. This chart names the orchid, lists the size of the plant in inches, the color, the time of year it blooms, and the suggested exposure. He will make each of us a successful grower of orchids.
The book was printed by Taylor Publishing Company of 1550 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75235. The shelf cost is $29.00. It is also available on the internet.
Many of the GCSC members may remember a lovely lady named Winnie Norell. For many years she was a leading figure in the GCSC as well as a valued member of Alhambra Garden Club in Mt. Pleasant. How I wish she had lived to read the book Wild Orchids of South Carolina by James Alexander Fowler. Winnie introduced me to the wild orchids in the Francis Marion National Forest and perked my interest in orchids. Mr. Fowler grew up in Bennettsville and holds two degrees from Clemson University. He now resides in Greenville, South Carolina. His book covers orchids in every county in our state. You can find when each wild orchid blooms and what to look for when you are out in areas that still have these special plants. The color photography is very special. I highly recommend this book to each of you for you will find another reason to be proud of our state. The book was published in 2005 by the University of South Carolina Press.
Now I must reveal to you one of the most unusual facts that I learned from this book- the no-see-ums- the nasty gnats that get in your hair and can make you miserable- do have a useful purpose. They pollinate wild orchids. I never thought I would ever say anything nice about no-see-ums.
Have a blessed Holiday Season.
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