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Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening

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I am a novice gardener.  I found this book very informative.  

There were a lot of beautiful full-color photos.  This book would make a great coffee table book as well as a reference book for gardening.

I received this galley from NetGalley.
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As flower gardening is very dear to my heart, I found this book to be invaluable in its advice, photography and detailed knowledge of annuals and biannual. A lovely addition to any gardener's book shelf.
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I loved this book. As newbie to the gardening world, I’m not familiar with a lot of plants. I just started growing my own seeds last year and I thought I could only plant them inside. This book guides you with types of plants based off the seasons they grow. And how to grow seeds whether it’s inside or outside.   I think this would be a phenomenal book for any new plant grower.
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This is a somewhat eclectic look at flower gardening.  It doesn't profess to cover every single flower type, nor does it provide a comprehensive how-to for flower gardening.  Instead, it  highlights the author's favorite species for each season, along with some nice suggestions for growing.  Photography is stunning.  Each plant gets a half page profile, but some of his favorites (e.g., lavender, lily, sweet pea, poppy) get several pages with more detail on the various types.  I liked the book because it gave detailed info about some of my favorite flowers to grow.  I'd say it would be a good book to add to a serious gardener's collection!
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Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening by Matt Mattus is a comprehensive guide to planting and growing both annual and biannual flowers.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Quarto Publishing – Cool Springs Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 
 My Synopsis and Opinions:   

This was quite informative.  It contains tips on growing both annuals and biennials.  The plants which are discussed contain both common, native, and some special plants.  It helps to know that the author has grown every plant that is discussed, so his knowledge is based on his own experiences.

It contains information about starting seeds (and where to get them), soil, sowing, hardening off, to transplanting, and even forcing winter blooms.

There is a great section on spring flowers which included common favorites like crocuses and tulips, irises and lilacs.  There was a whole section on primroses.  I even learned that the giant allium is actually an ornamental onion.  Then, it went on to summer and fall and even winter blooms (which is where we moved indoors).

I found most of the flowers to be familiar which I found refreshing.  Often there are so many exotic plants in these books.  If you can't find them to plant them, the information is not much use.  This book was great!

The photographs are beautiful.   All flower-gardeners would love this one...
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When it is eternally snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

A comprehensive and highly practical study of the art of growing flowers, Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening presents expert tips on growing both annuals and biennials (including native and heirloom species) alongside hundreds of lush photographs.

This gorgeously illustrated book by Matt Mattus is based on decades of first-hand experience in his own garden and greenhouse made popular on his blog Growing with Plants. Every variety and species presented is one that he has personally trialled and grown. Mattus sets you up for success by providing everything you need to know about starting seeds, soil, sowing, hardening off, to transplanting, and growing on. Then, in the following chapters, you'll find tips for growing over 100 different annuals from seed and many summer bulbs, vines like wisteria and even blooming shrubs like lilacs. Every flower includes detailed information based on his hands-on experience, going beyond the information typically available on the seed packet or a nursery tag.
 
Learn details and cultural facts that will help you grow better flowers while introducing you to many more. You’ll find tips for topics like how to grow challenging annual poppies and biennials from seed and to force flowers for winter blooms. 
Just a small selection of the flowers covered: heirloom and exhibition chrysanthemums, larkspurs and annual poppies, delphiniums, peonies, lilacs and wisteria. 
Bulbs include spring and summer bulbs such as anemone, ranunculus, tulips, lilies, gladiolus, and cut flower dahlias, while winter indoor bulbs cover every aspect of forcing bulbs indoors like narcissus, amaryllis, South African bulbs--and even how to force Lily of the Valley.

In short, there is nothing ordinary about this book—it is unlike any other cut flower book you will find.

This is a gorgeous book - just stunning - it is the kind of book where you want to rip out all the pages and frame them on the wall!  I love flowers but they die up here o a balcony with direct hot, southern sun frying them to death in mere minutes.  There are so many tips in here that they would make anyone a master gardener in one year alone.  A perfect gift for would-be brides at a wedding shower or for mom as her Monther's Day gift (ditto for dad on father's day as gardening is not for one gender alone!)

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it  🌸🌺🌹🌷🌼
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I have a small flower bed that was once cute and appealing probably not truly anything noteworthy. Over the last few seasons due to health reasons I have all but abandoned its care so only the hardiest of plants needing little to no care have survived and it no longer resembles a flower bed or garden. I requested this book in the hope of finding easy to care for plants that could revive and restore my lack luster attempt. First off this book is absolutely visually stunning!! It is filled to the brim with absolutely beautiful photographs of stunning flowers, arrangements and gardens. Each flower has planting guidelines as well the best ways to cultivate them. I was really blown away by the beauty of this book. I learned a great deal about selecting and caring for flowers and how to gain optimal results. 

The seed section is very informative I have really never been terribly successful trying to grow from seeds and this section really breaks it down and makes what seemed a daunting task much easier to accomplish. The tips on what sort of plants grow better if purchased versus grown was truly helpful to me I definitely have not been planting them in the proper areas or time-frames for optimal growth. I never thought much about it I just looked at the seed packet and dismally failed at each attempt assuming I just don't have the skills required...  Technically I am known to kill pretty much every plant I try to cultivate so that is partially true. However, this book truly makes it much more achievable for even someone as skill less as me. I honestly wish this fantastic book had been out there years ago and I am excited as spring approaches to see if I truly learned what I hoped. I am definitely buying a copy because I truly loved it.

I was also very happy to read the section on how to prune and when because I never know the best times for that and everyone has a different opinion. This is a fantastic beginners guide and perfect for my lack of knowledge and provides a wealth of information on how to get started without being overwhelming.

I highly recommend it to other readers who wish to increase their knowledge of flower gardening!

I received this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Cool Springs Press for an honest review.
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A very informative book on on growing a flower garden. Separated mainly into the four seasons, there are some fabulous photographs and information of the many blooms that thrive at these time of year. The book then isolates various examples within these seasonal groups for extra attention, such as bulbs, irises, lilacs,sweet pea, primroses, poppies, lavender, stock, peony, dahlias, mums and more. These are gives  chapter to themselves. 
There is a section on growing from seeds at the beginning of the book and information on tender plants at the end.
A really informative book with wonderful photographs and written in an easy to read style
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A great guide to flower gardening with beautiful pictures and clear explanations.
I loved how it explains the characteristics of the different flower, the pictures and the organisation of the book.
An excellent guide, strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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As a novice gardener I was so excited when I received this book. It helped me so much! I think theres enough information in here to even help the most experienced gardener as well. Thos book was a life saver.
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If you’re obsessed with plants and you’re determined to fill your garden with as much beauty and color as possible, then this book is a great resource. There are all sorts of useful tidbits and advice for growing beautiful plants all year round – yes, you can surround yourself with flowers even in the middle of winter, provided you play your cards right, and follow the advice provided in this book. Definitely recommend to the plant or gardening nerd excited for Spring.
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This is kind of a flower snob's guide to flower gardening, which is strange because it's marketed as a beginner's book. I love gardening and have been growing my gardens for nearly 25 years, but lately I have been far more focused on vegetable gardening and edible landscaping. Some of my favorite perennial flowers have succumbed to our brutal MN temperatures and need replacing, and I have a blank space where my husband and a city worker removed my beloved two-story climbing rose because it was near a gas line (my kids may never forgive them), all of which have led to flowers on my mind lately. I read some flower-themed books last summer that gave me a new excitement for adding back more flowers into my yard and was excited to read this book for inspiration. Ultimately, it didn't do that for me. A lot of the flowers profiled just seemed so high maintenance, hard to find, basic or uninspiring. Good information is provided and it's full of lovely color photos, but garden zones are not given and it didn't give the slant that I needed as a busy mother of 5 without a lot of time or money to commit to my flowers. I actually found better information and more inspiration in some of my favorite seed and plant catalogs. Ah well. It's still a lovely book and will be a great resource for many, it just didn't meet my particular needs.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book and give an honest review.

This book gives some good suggestions for beginning flower gardeners. 
The varieties, however, did not seem that rare or unusual. It gave basic directions for planting. Yet, it neglected to recommend usual zones for planting, always an important consideration for gardeners.

The flower photos were lovely and made you want to try the plants in your garden. The most valuable aspect of this book was the lengthy list of sources for seeds, bulbs, and plants, at the conclusion of this book.

As a flower gardener with several decades of gardening experience, this was not the book for me. Novice flower gardeners could use this introduction to a variety of seeds, bulbs, and plants for beginning their own flower gardens.
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I have a little hobby garden for the butterflies in my area, so this book was a natural fit for me. I'm truly curious on how to take my hobby a little more seriously than just me guessing at what to plant and hoping for the best!

To start off, the very first page of my copy was stunning - beautiful flowers with beautiful colours. What more can a flower loving girl ask for?! Throughout the book there are many pictures of plants and flowers that liven up the pages. It's a definite plus of this book! 

"We might all know how to grow a dahlia." Boy do I wish! Mine get eaten up every year by some pesky squirrels, even when I used chicken wire! So clearly, this book was made for me. Some handy, dandy flower tips for my inner amateur gardener!

I will say I learned a lot just within the seed section. I grow a lot of random flowers for the fun of it, kind of just to see what I get. The tips on what sort of plants are better bought versus grown was truly intriguing. I never thought much about it or thought to ask (mostly because my local greenhouses always tend to contradict everything say they). 

When Matt gets to the actual plants, I was shocked and surprised and at the same time not surprised at all. My crocus always grew well, so hearing that they do indeed grow well and it's not my gardening prowess was exciting and disappointing all at the same time! Learning what plants grow together in clumps, what bulbs I should order when, and when to plant them was well needed information. All of this information is presented like the everyday man - you don't need to be an expert to pick up this book. I almost wish I had this book sooner, but I'm glad our Spring season is coming up so I can make some use of these helpful tips!

I was also overjoyed to find information on how to prune lilacs as that has been something I have been personally looking for the past few years. I had conflicting reports on whether to prune them or not, so it was nice to see a fellow gardener agreed that I should prune them. Another fun thing I learned was why my lavender did not do well: it likes sandy environments and needs great water drainage (both of which were not present). Overall, I learned a LOT and now have many new flower varieties I will be trying in my own garden.

I can't quite find any negatives about this book other than sometimes I wanted more information. This is a beginner's guide, so don't expect every piece of scientific information possible. For beginners like me, this is a great way to get started and learn. 

Overall, this book is an excellent guide. I learned a lot and plan to use it. I highly recommend it to other hobby flower gardeners!

Five out of five stars! 

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Cool Springs Press for the opportunity to pick up this wonderful little guide! My butterflies and bees thank you!
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A great flower gardening book that takes you through each season and their flowers. The pictures are vibrant (and boy do I want to visit this garden) and the information and advice on all the different flowers is thorough and great. It would be a great addition to any gardening library.
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