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Happy Orchid

By Sara Rittershausen
  • Book ID : 1465490140
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 144
  • Genre : Gardening
  • Reads : 645
  • eBook Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • File Pdf: happy-orchid.pdf

Book Summary:

Proud new owner of a gorgeous orchid? Learn the essentials of buying orchids, orchid care, and how to keep it flowering beautifully, year after year, with this bite-sized beginner's guide. Did you know that many orchids hate being in direct sunlight? Or that most orchids have a crucial dormant period when their care needs change? Happy Orchid dispels the myths around how to care for orchids, starting with a simple, step-by-step introduction that demonstrates all the essential growing techniques, including how to plant, what feed to give them - orchids are fussy eaters! - and how to water and maintain humidity. Then discover more than 120 illustrated profiles of the most desirable orchids to grow: graceful Phalaenopsis, delicate Dendrobium, spectacular Cymbidium and many more varieties. Each profiled orchid lets you know exactly what they need for optimum growth, including where best to place them, how often they need repotting, how to prolong flowering and encourage reflowering. With this book as your guide, you will quickly become an expert on how to grow orchids and be inspired to fill your home with these striking, colorful beauties.

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Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the bucolic, natural ecosystem beloved by dragonflies, frogs, and songbirds. The antidote is a natural pond, free of hassle, cost, and complexity and designed as a fully functional ecosystem, ideal for biodiversity, swimming, irrigation, and quiet contemplation. Building Natural Ponds is the first step-by-step guide to designing and building natural ponds that use no pumps, filters, chemicals, or electricity and mimic native ponds in both aesthetics and functionality. Highly illustrated with how-to drawings and photographs, coverage includes: Understanding pond ecosystems and natural algae control Planning, design, siting, and pond aesthetics Step-by-step guidance for construction, plants and fish, and maintenance and trouble shooting Scaling up to large ponds, pools, bogs, and rain gardens. Whether you're a backyard gardener looking to add a small serene natural water feature or a homesteader with visions of a large pond for fish, swimming, and irrigation, Building Natural Ponds is the complete guide to building ponds in tune with nature, where plants, insects, and amphibians thrive in blissful serenity. Robert Pavlis , a Master Gardener with over 40 years of gardening experience, is owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden featuring over 2,500 varieties of plants. A well-respected speaker and teacher, Robert has published articles in Mother Earth News , Ontario Gardening magazine, the widely read blog GardenMyths.com, which explodes common gardening myths and gardening information site GardenFundamentals.com.

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By Eng Soon Teoh
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 303018255X
  • Pages : 376
  • Category : Science
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Did you know that Vanilla was formerly served as aphrodisiac by Cassanova and Madam Pompadour, and Elizabeth I loved its flavor? This is the first book that provides a complete worldwide coverage of orchids being employed as aphrodisiacs, medicine or charms and food. Opening with an in-depth historical account of orchids (orchis Greek testicle), the author describes how the Theory of Signatures influenced ancient herbalists to regard terrestrial orchid tubers as aphrodisiacs. Doctors and apothecaries promoted it during the Renaissance. Usage of orchids in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Indian Ayurvedic Medicine; by Tibetan yogins and Amchi healers for longevity pills, tonics and aphrodisiacs; by Africans to prepare 'health promoting' chikanda or as survival food when lost in the Australian bush are some highlights of the book. Early settlers in America and the East Indies often relied on native remedies and employment of orchids for such needs is described. Also covered are the search for medicinal compounds by scientists, attempts to prove the orchid's efficacy by experiment and the worry of conservationists.

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By Eve Bearne,Victor Watson
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1134624441
  • Pages : 248
  • Category : Education
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It is impossible to reflect upon children's books without considering the children who read them. Where Texts and Children Meet explores the ways in which children make meaning of the various texts they meet both in and out of school. Eve Bearne and Victor Watson have brought together chapters on all the major issues and topics in children's literacy including: * the meaning and relevance of terms such as literature and classic texts * an analysis of new genres including picture books and CD-ROMs * moral dilemmas and cultural concerns in children's texts * working with quality texts that children will also adore. Where Texts and Children Meet shows how the world of children's books is changing and how teachers can build imaginative learning experiences for their pupils from a whole range of published materials.

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  • Publisher : Short Books
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  • Pages : 276
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 492
  • File Pdf: the-orchid-hunter.pdf

Book Summary:

He has just a few months to complete his quest – no one has ever done it before within one growing season – and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck.As he battles the vagaries of the British climate, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Leif Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids – one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on our doorstep.Like Two Owls at Eton and My Family and Other Animals, The Orchid Hunter is a charming account of a precocious adolescent’s obsession with the natural world.Leif’s enthusiasm for his quest is infectious, as is the quiet conviction with which he keeps at it, showing how plant hunting can be the ultimate mindful activity.

Orchid of Fate

By Carleen Marie
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Our Family Lines
  • Isbn : 0991707532
  • Pages : 218
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 615
  • File Pdf: orchid-of-fate.pdf

Book Summary:

In Carleen’s effort to end a lifetime of migraine pain she unwittingly creates a Kundalini crisis. In three dark nights the stories she lived by unravelled like a spool of thread at top speed. She was left with just one question: Who am I? During Carleen’s search to understand this ancient awakening of the heart, she takes us on an Eastern mind-body journey of healing through the subtle body. Carleen’s marriage ends and she leaves twenty years in health care. Along the way, she weaves early childhood memories into story mind and we discover the power of Fate and Destiny in modern times. Carleen reveals how the stillness she found in the meditator’s gap is not only a place of deep inner healing but also the pure presence of Destiny; Sangita, The Orchid of Fate.

Black Orchid

By Neil Gaiman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DC
  • Isbn : 1401247911
  • Pages : 146
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 850
  • File Pdf: black-orchid.pdf

Book Summary:

A New York Times Bestseller Before introducing the modern version of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman wrote this dark tale that reinvented a strange DC Comics super hero in the Vertigo mold. Featuring spectacular art by Gaiman's frequent collaborator, DaveMcKean, BLACK ORCHID. After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddessattempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the Amazon rainforest, this book takes thereader on a journey through secrets, suffering and self-rediscovery.

Soil Science for Gardeners

By Robert Pavlis
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Isbn : 155092723X
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Gardening
  • Reads : 563
  • File Pdf: soil-science-for-gardeners.pdf

Book Summary:

Build healthy soil and grow better plants Robert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook. Healthy soil means thriving plants. Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem. Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere – the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health. Coverage includes: Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil's fertility and plant nutrients The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame. Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.

Race, Modernity, Postmodernity

By W. Lawrence Hogue
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Isbn : 1438406916
  • Pages : 228
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 636
  • File Pdf: race-modernity-postmodernity.pdf

Book Summary:

Reads and interprets eight works of literature by people of color, foregrounding the philosophical debate about modernity vs. postmodernity rather than solely issues of race.

The Forbidden Orchid

By Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 0698187970
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 350
  • File Pdf: the-forbidden-orchid.pdf

Book Summary:

The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family. Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse. Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she’d ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

Indigenous Literature of Oceania: A Survey of Criticism and Interpretation

By Nicholas J. Goetzfridt
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 0313369887
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 606
  • File Pdf: indigenous-literature-of-oceania.pdf

Book Summary:

Oceania has a rich and growing literary tradition. The imaginative literature that emerged in the 1960s often reflected the forms and structures of European literature, though the ideas expressed were typically anticolonial. After three decades, the literature of Oceania has become much more complex, in terms of style as well as content; and authors write in a multiplicity of styles and voices. While the written literature of Oceania is continuously gaining more critical attention, questions about the imposition of European literary standards and values as a further extension of colonialism in the Pacific have become a central issue. This book is a detailed survey of the expanding amount of critical and interpretive material written about the imaginative literature of authors from Oceania. It focuses on commentary and scholarship concerned with the poetry, fiction, and drama written in English by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. The criticisms have appeared in academic books and journals since the mid-1960s. They have developed to the point at which critical issues, related to decolonization and the expression of ideas without having to first satisfy foreign expectations, often determine the direction of such discussions. Entries are grouped in topical chapters, and each entry includes an extensive annotation. An introductory essay summarizes the evolution of Pacific literature.

Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

By Say-ling Cynthia Wong
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0199726795
  • Pages : 204
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 597
  • File Pdf: maxine-hong-kingston-s-the-woman-warrior.pdf

Book Summary:

With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. This case book presents a thought-provoking overview of critical debates surrounding The Woman Warrior, perhaps the best known Asian American literary work. The essays deal with such issues as the reception by various interpretive communities, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality in autobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The eight essays are supplemented an interview with the author and a bibliography.

Tropical Orchids of Southeast Asia

By David Banks
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Isbn : 1462916651
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 507
  • File Pdf: tropical-orchids-of-southeast-asia.pdf

Book Summary:

Learn all about beautiful tropical orchids with this useful and portable reference book. This handy pocket guide introduces over 120 exotic orchid species found in Southeast Asia. Each exotic bloom is described in detail, its history of origination discussed and gardening tips are given. Illustrated with over 120 beautiful color photographs, this book contains a wealth of botanical details, as well as fascinating information on the cultural uses of flowers. A "must" for gardeners and non-gardeners alike Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.


By Ellen Connor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101552840
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 613
  • File Pdf: daybreak.pdf

Book Summary:

Their mission was to save the world. Their destiny is to fall in love. Twelve years since the Change, Penelope Sheehan is one of the few still practicing magic for the good of humanity. To infiltrate the notorious O’Malley organization, Pen poses as an abducted girl—until a furious lion thwarts her mission. When the beast turns into a devastatingly handsome man, she recognizes in him the troubled boy she once knew. Since becoming a skinwalker, Tru Daugherty has allowed his animal nature to take over. Aloof and cynical, he’s a creature of instinct and impulse, living only to satisfy his senses—ignoring the scarred heart nobody has ever reached. He’s also the best man to help Pen bring down the O’Malley crime ring. Fighting alongside the last holdouts of humanity, they unleash a passion that tempts them to risk everything for love. But if they succeed, Tru and Pen hold the power to brighten the Dark Age for all time.

The Orchid Trilogy

By Jocelyn Brooke
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Isbn : 1509855807
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 720
  • File Pdf: the-orchid-trilogy.pdf

Book Summary:

A disarming, lyrical hybrid of fiction and autobiography, this forgotten masterpiece of post-war English fiction follows a small boy through his First World War childhood and teenage years on the Kentish coast, then into the army and frontline service in the Second World War. Obsessed by his strange twin passions for orchids and for fireworks, the author-narrator paints a haunting portrait of a childhood and adulthood interleaved with one another in a near-mystical rural idyll. Defined by his unspoken homosexuality, the books capture the unfolding of a melancholy, often painfully sensitive male consciousness. First published in the late 1940s as three separate but interlinked volumes – “The Military Orchid”; “A Mine of Serpents” and “The Goose Cathedral” – The Orchid Trilogy conjures up a rapturous, fantastical portrait of England at war and peace in the 20th century. Witty, subtle and deceptively simple, this unjustly neglected classic that has yet to be surpassed in its exploration of the magical world of childhood. One of those too-rare books whose enjoyability makes it seem too short – Elizabeth Bowen It is a kind of collage of sharply drawn bits of real life, excellently described and artistically arranged – Stephen Spender Reminiscence and reflection and description are woven together to make a curious and fascinating tapestry – David Cecil Mr. Brooke's finely shaped prose, his wit, percipience, and liveliness in the description of people, places, and states of mind are a rare delight – The Scotsman A sad, funny, densely detailed yet continuously readable experience – The Observer One of the most exciting creative artists of our time and one who will consistently evade all the literary categories – John Pudney

Medicinal Orchids of Asia

By Eng Soon Teoh
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 3319242741
  • Pages : 752
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 704
  • File Pdf: medicinal-orchids-of-asia.pdf

Book Summary:

This unique book brings together a wealth of data on the botanical, ethno-medicinal and pharmacological aspects of over 500 species of Asian medicinal orchids. It starts off by explaining the role and limitations of complimentary and herbal medicines, and how traditional Asian medicine differs from Western, “scientific” medicine. The different Asian medical traditions are described, as well as their modes of preparing herbal remedies. The core of the book presents individual medicinal orchid species arranged by genera. Each species is identified by its official botanical name, synonyms, and local names. Its distribution, habitat and flowering season, uses and pharmacology are described. An overview sums up the research findings on all species within each genus. Clinical observations are discussed whenever available, and possible therapeutic applications are highlighted. The book closes with chapters on the conservation of medicinal orchids and on the role of randomized clinical trials.

Handy Pocket Guide to Orchids

By David P. Banks
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Isbn : 146290727X
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 103
  • File Pdf: handy-pocket-guide-to-orchids.pdf

Book Summary:

Learn all about beautiful orchids with this useful and portable flower reference book. This handy field guide provides an excellent introduction to over 120 exotic orchid species found in Thailand, many unique to the region. Included are full-color photographs of their extraordinary beautiful blooms and a wealth of expert botanical information. The photographs and text by David Banks, noted authority on tropical orchids, will delight orchid lovers the world over. Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.