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Re: Just arrived 1001 Pelargoniums

Ingrid and All,

> Just received my copy of Hazel Key's book 1001 Pelargoniums...
> It has been promised and promised and finally it arrived....
> And what a great disappointment....

That includes Hazel!

> ....the colours leave a lot to ask ....

The unfortunate history of the book must be a lesson to all Authors. Maybe
Hazel didn't put enough conditions herself into the contract. As the
Curatrix of the National Pelargonium Collection, a member of an RHS Floral
Committee and owner of a vast number of plants that could be photographed,
one would hope she had the upper hand in any negotiations. But when the
publishers of an overdue book go into liquidation contracts tend to go out
the window. Although still under the "Batsford" imprint, the new publishers
are Chrysalis Group and appear not to have the quality control or will to
make this The reference book. It makes no sense to me to have a book that is
a photographic record of colourful specialist plants and then let such a
mess of printing the colour get through to publication. Presumably the
Board think that the public wouldn't know and are unlikely to buy enough
plants to see the reality. Maybe we should not buy the book to get  this
point across to the publishing world? At least the plants are still at the
Nursery and in the Collection and one day another company will send another
photographer and maybe publish a reference work with true colours for those
that can't get to Pebworth to see them for real.

> And a lot of  common cultivars were left out.

I suppose that the selection can't please anyone, being a combination of
Hazel's and the new publisher's choice. I have heard a comment that there
aren't enough modern cultivars.

> The best part was Hazel's Favourites at the end.....a few species photos
:-))))) that was GOOD!

A pity, in retrospect, that it couldn't have been Hazel's Favourites all the
way through. There would have been a lot more of her beloved species.

The book should be available everywhere at 17.99 - ISBN 0 7134 8268 0. But
if there are difficulties the BPGS in the UK will have it in stock within a
few days, at 20 within the UK. It is a heavy book, so outside the UK
postage will need to be plus a third - contact me if you are interested, but
Amazon would be cheaper.

David in Wales

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