Today, I ventured out in search of books. Orchid books to be precise. I wanted to see what publications were available that would help improve the care I give to the orchids in my collection at the moment. The internet gives us access to a wealth of knowledge and experience but sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming. My mission today was to try and find books written by people who have been growing orchids for years, and I found two – technically three but that one was about orchids native to Europe.
One of the books was written by D. Sanders, who was quite big in the orchid world. The book I have was published in 1979, the 9th edition of this particular publication. It has colour photographs of different orchids as well as care information and a section on the history of orchid growing. Yes, I know this book was printed some years ago, but there is information contained within this book that is still relevant today.
The second book is a more modern publication but this has compacted orchid care for a particular variety onto one page, so you have a kind of snap-shot care sheet. It’s ideal for me, as I’ve always been a visual learner. There is also a section on caring for Bromeliads, which could prove useful to me at a later date.
The thing I love about books is they are a record of things that capture a particular point in history. They are also tangible and tactile, something the internet isn’t. I also love the idea that someone else had this book and leafed through its pages as I am now.
Once I’ve read these books, I may do a mini-book review so if you fancy purchasing yourself a copy, you should have more information to hand as to whether it is the right one for you.
Next time you are in a second-hand book shop, see if they have any books on orchids. You may find yourself a little gem!