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Bible v New Testament

29 March 2010 22:31:09
Bible v New Testament

Bible v New Testament

Today I discovered that I have been using the New Testament, thinking it was the whole Bible!

Let me explain. My brother bought me an RHS Encyclopaedia one Christmas, pictured right. It is The Royal Horticultural Society Gardeners' Encyclopaedia of Plants & Flowers, 4th edition, 2006, Editor in Chief Christopher Brickell. It has 8000 plants and was a lovely present.

I  have been using this book as my main reference book. I found it good for most of my needs although it doesn't have some of the more exotic plants.

Recently I was given a 2nd RHS Encyclopaedia, pictured right, also as a gift (lucky me) but I barely looked at it because it was published in 1996 and I thought the one from my brother must surely be more up to date.

Only today did I compare the two books. The 2nd one - RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants (1996, Editor in Chief Christopher Brickell) is actually far superior. It has 1,500 plants, a better layout and detailed cultural information - it even says what temperature to germinate seed at for the plant in question. I did a check for a couple of plants I'd recently failed to find in my other reference book and found them in this 1996 one.

Anyway, my point is - how would you know what to be buying? The titles of these books are really similar yet one is far superior to the other.

Gardening jobs done today - potted up my Lilium nepalense and Galtonia candicans bulbs, potted on my Canna seedlings and sowed a tray of Gaillardia (thanks Liga & Krista).


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Lìga Lìga 29 March 2010 22:43:34

I think older books is much better,for learning,better base's info.Right now sometimes you bay a book,and there is just nice pictures,with minimum information.

  I didn't nothing today,just cover plants with fleece,and brougt in some,,,i afraid  frost .


Rachel Rachel 29 March 2010 23:17:35

I'm keeping my seedlings indoors too. I have 8 trays on the floor in the kitchen now : (


fran m fran m 30 March 2010 07:01:47

Thanks for the info. The one on the left is the one I was given that my Dad owned, even better again.


Rachel Rachel 30 March 2010 12:48:31

Lucky you, Fran. That book is like a revelation to me - so much information! It has 7000 more plants than my current encyclopaedia too!


Mairin Mairin 03 April 2010 00:10:40

That expression comes to mind - Do your homework before you buy.  It is a bit of a shock to find such a difference.  


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