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Orchids For Dummies
Steven A. Frowine
0764567594
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Packed with photos, including 8 pages in full color

Color your world with orchids

Orchids are beautiful, fragrant, wonderfully varied, and surprisingly affordable. But aren't they hard to grow at home? No! says orchid grower extraordinaire Steve Frowine. In this handy guide, he shows you step by step how to select the right orchids, keep them healthy, encourage blooms, and even propagate your own plants.

Discover how to: Select orchids that will thrive in your home Water, fertilize, repot, and propagate orchids Decipher complicated orchid names Get familiar with favorite orchid varieties Create spectacular orchid displays

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The fun and easy way to grow orchids As anyone who has read Susan Orlean's...



Iron Orchid
Stuart Woods
039915325X
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Having ditched her Orchid Beach, Fla., police chief post, returning supersleuth Holly Barker opts for a CIA career in Woods's by-the-numbers thriller, the fourth in the Barker series (Blood Orchid). Barely through basic training at a highly regimented CIA "training farm," Barker's class is suddenly enlisted to track down calculating killer (and opera buff) Teddy Fay (first seen in Woods's Capital Crimes). An ex-CIA agent himself, Fay uses insider information to continue assassinating international political figures who also happen to be enemies of the U.S. Barker stakes out the Metropolitan Opera House, and narrowly misses Teddy in disguise in several contrived set pieces. The narrative accelerates from a somewhat sluggish first half when CIA operatives' solid deliberation moves Barker ever closer to nabbing the...


Iron Orchid
Stuart Woods
0143057995
Oct 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Having ditched her Orchid Beach, Fla., police chief post, returning supersleuth Holly Barker opts for a CIA career in Woods's by-the-numbers thriller, the fourth in the Barker series (Blood Orchid). Barely through basic training at a highly regimented CIA "training farm," Barker's class is suddenly enlisted to track down calculating killer (and opera buff) Teddy Fay (first seen in Woods's Capital Crimes). An ex-CIA agent himself, Fay uses insider information to continue assassinating international political figures who also happen to be enemies of the U.S. Barker stakes out the Metropolitan Opera House, and narrowly misses Teddy in disguise in several contrived set pieces. The narrative accelerates from a somewhat sluggish first half when CIA operatives' solid deliberation moves Barker ever closer to nabbing the...


Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Susan Orlean
044900371X
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the equivalent of gold fever. Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers (heavily armed, more to protect themselves against other orchid seekers than against hostile natives or wild animals) to unmapped territories in search of new varieties of Cattleya and Paphiopedilum. As knowledge of the family Orchidaceae grew to encompass the currently more than 60,000 species and over 100,000 hybrids, orchidelirium might have been expected to go the way of Dutch tulip mania. Yet, as journalist Susan Orlean found out, there still exists a vein of orchid madness strong enough to inspire larceny among collectors.

The Orchid Thief centers on south Florida and John Laroche, a quixotic, charismatic schemer once convicted of...



Taylor's Guide to Orchids: More Than 300 Orchids, Photographed and Described, for Beginning to Expert Gardeners
Judy White
0395677262
May 1996
Hardcover
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Review
Garden Design : "Taylor's Guides are the best, most authoritative guides on the market."

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"Taylor's Guides are the best, most authoritative guides on the market."

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Empress Orchid
Anchee Min
0618562036
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Talk about story arc: poor girl from rural China auditions for a job as royal concubine, winds up as emperor's wife number four, gives birth to the "last Emperor," rules China as regent for 46 years. The fascinating, implausible life of Tsu Hsi, or "Orchid," was reviled by the revolutionary Chinese, but here it receives a sympathetic treatment from Min (Red Azalea; Becoming Madame Mao), who once again brilliantly lifts the public mask of a celebrated woman to reveal a contradictory character. Sexually assertive, intellectually ambitious, socially striving, Min's Orchid is also "isolated, tense, and in some vague but very real way, dissatisfied." Even after giving birth to the emperor's only son, Orchid feels trapped by the stultifying imperial rituals and persecuted by the other residents of the Forbidden City:...


Orchid Beach
Stuart Woods
0061013412
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Talk about a bad first day. Major Holly Barker thought she was getting out of a mess when she left the army. She'd been sexually harassed by her superior, but the exigencies of the military legal system wound up wrecking her career. Orchid Beach seemed like the perfect place to start over. Though Chief Marley, an old family friend, was worried about some local increases in the drug trade, the Florida barrier island was not a crime mecca. As the new deputy police chief, Holly would be stepping on the toes of a few Orchid Beach P.D. regulars who were being overlooked for the job, but she would prove her worth in short order. After installing her trailer in Riverview, though, the bad news started to flood the Beach. The chief was found along the side of highway A1A with a bullet through the head, and his closest friend just...


Orchids
Mark Griffiths
0810956233
February 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"A fabulous work. Highly recommended." -Library Journal

Orchids were brought to Europe from the tropics and subtropics beginning in the 17th century, and by 1839, English plant nurseries were selling 1,600 different kinds of the flower. Long prized for their exotic beauty and astonishing variety, orchids are the royal family of the plant kingdom. The story of this flower, from the hunt for new varieties in the wild in the 1800s to the development of the more than 100,000 hybrids that exist today, is related in fascinating detail in Orchids.

This beautiful book features text by one of the world's foremost orchid authorities alongside spectacular watercolor portraits of prize-winning orchids from the Royal Horticultural Society in London, which spearheaded orchid cultivation in Western Europe beginning in...


Flora's Orchids
Ned Nash
088192721X
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The orchid, one of the largest families of plants, could be referred to as a universal flower. Its ability to adapt to most climates makes it among the most diverse and widely distributed flowering plants in the world. There are 25,000 to 35,000 natural species of the orchid. Flora's Orchids presents more than 1,500 varieties of this versatile plant, with entries accompanied by at least 1,300 stunning color photographs. The flowers are arranged in an A-Z format. Each entry first lists the scientific name in Latin, often accompanied by a Latin synonym and, where appropriate, the translated common name. Plant spread and height are listed both in inches and centimeters, followed by symbols indicating plant type, natural growing locations, growing conditions, frost tolerance, preferred temperatures, type of...


The Practical Encyclopedia of Orchids : The Complete Guide to Orchids and Their Cultivation
Rittshausen
0754806308
December 25, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is an inspirational encyclopedia of orchids, with guidance on the best orchids to choose.


Orchid Blues
Stuart Woods
0451206711
Oct 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This second thriller in the series Woods inaugurated with Orchid Beach starts with a bang a literal one. While series heroine Holly Barker, a former military police commander turned police chief of smalltown Orchid Beach, Fla., waits at the local courthouse to marry lawyer Jackson Oxenhandler, her fianc‚ gets himself killed in a shoot-out at Orchid Beach's bank. Once past this shocker of an opening, the thrills quickly deflate. Holly stifles a few sobs, gets back into uniform and sets off to track down the gunmen, a gang of highly organized robbers who planned to heist $4 million in payroll cash. It soon becomes clear that they aren't ordinary robbers, however, appearing to have some connection to a weird little town in a neighboring county, where the average resident is white, male and a gun nut. In the...


All About Orchids (Ortho's All About Series)
Elvin McDonald
0897214242
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Helps beginning orchid growers develop the skills necessary to progress to more difficult ones.

Plenty of information to inspire more advanced orchid growers.

Provides a basic understanding of optimum environment for growing orchids.

Helpful hints for creating that ideal environment.

Explains potting, staking, and dividing orchids.

Teaches about orchid growth patterns, and shows how to handle plants based on those patterns.



Orchid Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing and General Care
Isobyl la Croix
0806922893
December 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Orchids have been cultivated in China for nearly 3,000 years, but it wasn't until the late 17th century that tropical orchids from South and Central America found their way to Europe, where they ignited a blaze of controversy. In Orchid Basics, author Isobyl la Croix provides an introduction to the seductive flower that will both inflame interest and demystify the growing process.

Orchids are found on every continent except Antarctica. Between one-half and three-quarters are epiphytic, meaning they grow on other plants, while the remainder, the terrestrial orchids, grow on the ground. Both can be successfully cultivated in greenhouses, but care needs to be taken in the construction, as orchids are discriminating plants. For most species, la Croix suggests glass or polycarbonate sheeting with shaded interiors and high...



Iron Orchid (Holly Barker Novels (Paperback))
Stuart Woods
0451215761
April 4, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Having ditched her Orchid Beach, Fla., police chief post, returning supersleuth Holly Barker opts for a CIA career in Woods's by-the-numbers thriller, the fourth in the Barker series (Blood Orchid). Barely through basic training at a highly regimented CIA "training farm," Barker's class is suddenly enlisted to track down calculating killer (and opera buff) Teddy Fay (first seen in Woods's Capital Crimes). An ex-CIA agent himself, Fay uses insider information to continue assassinating international political figures who also happen to be enemies of the U.S. Barker stakes out the Metropolitan Opera House, and narrowly misses Teddy in disguise in several contrived set pieces. The narrative accelerates from a somewhat sluggish first half when CIA operatives' solid deliberation moves Barker ever closer to nabbing the...


Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants
William Cullina
0618263268
November 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Cullina has maintained a personal collection of orchids for decades, and still gets "that spine tingling, toe-tickling feeling of WOW" from an unfamiliar or outstanding specimen. It's a feeling he's eager to share with "orchid lovers at every level of expertise, from absolute beginner to experienced grower to expert." He succeeds in addressing such a broad audience by organizing his work into independent modules that can be consulted as needed. The first portion covers basic orchid information: detailed guides to growing them on a windowsill, under lights, in a greenhouse or outdoors, and practical advice on meeting their requirements for light, temperature, humidity and air movement in each of those settings. Cullina then systematically examines orchid culture, with in-depth discussions of watering,...


Complete Guide to Orchids
Ortho Books
0897215060
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A complete, up-to-date resource on the best and most easily grown orchid species, hybrids, and cultivars are readily available in North America.

Inspires gardeners to have confidence to grow these elegant plants successfully.

Expert, critical information that is valuable to novice and experienced orchid lovers.

Step-by-step instructions shows how to select, pot, stake, and care for orchids.

Advice to ensure healthy orchids by controlling light, temperature, humidity, pests, and diseases.



The Ghost Orchid : A Novel
Carol Goodman
0345462130
January 31, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
An isolated Victorian mansion in upstate New York is the backdrop for Goodman's latest literary mystery (after The Drowning Tree), which stars a debut novelist and her fellow residents at the artists' retreat Bosco. Ellis Brooks has been accepted to Bosco primarily because her first novel is to be a fictional account of the mansion's mysterious past; while there will be no deaths during her stay, there's spookiness aplenty, as well as several 1893 murders still begging resolution. Goodman's narrative alternates between Ellis's first-person present and 1893. Coincidentally—or not—two of Bosco's other guests are also working on projects related to the mansion. But they turn out to be little more than convenient accessories as Ellis, the daughter of a psychic (and possessor of certain powers of her own),...


Blood Orchid
Stuart Woods
0451208811
May 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In Woods's 24th novel-his third in the Holly Barker series (after Orchid Blues)-the prolific bestselling novelist revisits savvy, sexy ex-MP officer (and her dog, Daisy), now police chief of the small Florida east coast town of Orchid Beach. As the fast-paced but fluffy and rather predictable thriller begins, two out of three Miami bidders for a glitzy, gated residential complex with golf course are shot and killed. The third bidder, orchid fancier Ed Shine, a former New York real estate mogul and new resident of Orchid Beach, narrowly escapes the same fate. Shine renames his newly acquired property Blood Orchid, after an exotic hybrid blossom he has developed-a name that seems gruesomely prophetic when it turns out that the Miami mob may be involved with the property. Meanwhile, Barker, investigating the case...


The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Susan Orlean
0641712340

Audio
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Orchids as House Plants
Rebecca Tyson Northen
0486232611
June 1976
Paperback
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Book Description
Grow cattleyas and many other kinds of orchids in a window or under artificial light. 63 illus.


The Classic Cattleyas
Arthur A. Chadwick, Arthur E. Chadwick
0881927643
April 15, 2006
Hardcover
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Review
Ned Nash Orchids : Another in the long line of fine horticulture books from this publisher. Everything about this book simply screams, 'Read me.' While the main focus of the book is on the species, Chadwick also discusses the early days of cattleya hybridizing, giving a wonderfully accurate picture of how we arrived at the dizzying breadth and range of colors now seen.

Book Description
In 1818, William Cattley succeeded in flowering one of the first species of the genus that would bear his name. These first cattleyas are the classic cattleyas, whose form defined the essence of tropical orchids for generations to come. Indeed, the color of their flowers became known as "orchid." In this helpful and informative book, each classic Cattleya species is described in fascinating...

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