Coming out now are yearbooks from various specialist grower groups and it’s worth considering a purchase or even joining such a group (you’ll get a free copy as part of your sub but also access to the knowledge of local growers).

Orchids 2014 is from the Orchid Council of New Zealand and includes articles on the renaming of Dockrillia species, a tour of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve in Florida, latest research on our native orchids, some thoughts about how to be a better amateur grower and the list of last year’s top blooms/plants with judges’ comments for all and photos for many.

Orchids 2014, a full-colour publication, costs $10 and is available from the NZ Orchid Council, PO Box 635, New Plymouth. For more information email the secretary.

The New Zealand Rose Review 2014-15 is a useful publication for anyone interested in growing roses.

“Rosarians from all over New Zealand have reported on 82 varieties, the most we’ve ever had reported on” says editor Hayden Foulds. “It’s an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to buy roses and also lists which nurseries are producing the varieties listed.”

Produced by the New Zealand Rose Society with the support of leading rose nurseries and breeders advertising their latest releases, the full colour guide also features the favourite roses of society members and – for the first time this year – the results include votes from members of Heritage Roses New Zealand.

The winning roses from the 2013 rose trials in Palmerston North and Hamilton are also featured, plus articles on the development of the popular roses bred by David Austin and on Persica rose hybrids. One of these, Bright as a Button, features on the cover.

The New Zealand Rose Review is $7.50 (including postage) and can be ordered from society secretary Heather Macdonell, PO Box 66, Bunnythorpe 4867. Ph/Fax (06) 329 2700 or email Heather.


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