- Copertina rigida: 342 pagine
- Editore: Timber Pr (29 maggio 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1604691980
- ISBN-13: 978-1604691986
- Peso di spedizione: 1 Kg
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 29 mag 2012
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At last we have a book written in English which looks at some of the best agaves, both species and cultivars, which can be grown in containers or outdoors in the ground where climate permits...As you are aware, agaves can change dramatically as they age and this guide takes that into account as it includes pictures showing each species from youth to maturity- a unique and valuable feature of the book and a great help with identification...I would thoroughly recommend this book to all cactus and succulent enthusiasts whether they are interested in agaves or not. --Literature Review (CactusWorld Vol. 30 (3))
Greg Starr is the owner of Starr Nursery, Arizona, that specializes in agaves, cacti and drought-tolerant shrubs.
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This is a Must Have for anyone whom grows Agaves. The author has done a tremendous job in writing and Timber Press, as always, has put a very worthwhile book out! Kudos to both.
That said, as is often the case, there is no perfect love. Case in point, you will find more than a few species left out here. Some, like A. gypsophila, are admittedly oddball, but to exclude A. americana and the several very well known and beautiful variegated forms? That just seems... odd. Additionally, while it covers A. bovicornuta in detail, no mention of the 'dwarf' form, A. cupreata. Another one I missed was A. franzosinii, which I would have loved to get more insight on (and certainly to see some pictures of mature specimens). When there are forms common enough to be picked up at nurseries in many parts of Arizona almost year round, it is surprising (and a little disappointing) that they're not covered in a text written by a native. Indeed, some of these are not even mentioned in the index or in passing anywhere. If there's an explanation for these gaps to be found in the text, I have not come across it.
Likewise, a slight disappointment in the section on A. salmiana, which seems all too brief and without enough coverage of the different forms and varieties. There also seems to be some confusion as it talks about A. salmiana var ferox, but no photos. Also mentions that variety as being the most commonly cultivated, which is strange because it is the single most un-common in cultivation in the US. A bit more depth on this species, especially some contrasting photos of the varieties, would have been a welcome addition.
All that said, I still can't deduct more than one star, since it is a phenomenal work and exceptionally well done. For species that are covered, it is probably the single best reference out there right now, and easily the best in terms of photography and practical advice.
Bottom line, if the Agave you seek knowledge about are covered in this book, you will not be disappointed by what you find. If they're not in the book, at the very least, you will learn a ton about the plants in general and some other species you may have never heard of. A good read either way.