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Les Beers and Jim Howie
with his Nomenclature volume. Those were the archives of hibiscus for me even though I also have the 1975 nomenclature handbook of the Australian Hibiscus Society.
I am pleased now to display the Howie and Beers publication "Growing Hibiscus" of 1985 with a revised edition in 1990 which I've used. You'll find that, although the format is a bit different, it is all there.
|Of course, the spray advice is awry. We use Lorsban
(chlorpyrifos) for our chewers, Confidor (imidacloprid) for the sucking
insects and Avid (abamectin) and now Acramate (bifenazate) for the dreaded
2-spotted mite. And that list goes on! However, the general
growing advice is spot-on.
The pictures are loaded in pages of 12 plates. You'll have to be patient while they load. Whenever you see a description in the Catalogue, it has a plate number from 1 to 192 which will correspond to one of the 16 pages listed in the Index below.
This should help all those people who can no longer find the book, even on EBay! My thanks to Sue Landsdown of the Western Australian Hibiscus Society for prompting this effort. It will enable the book to gain a mileage never expected in 1985, or even in 1990 when computers were just making a tenuous appearance.
My thanks to Jim and Shirley Howie and Les and Nancy Beers for being able to make this available in this format.
Enjoy a step back in time .... or is it?
Les and Nancy Beers
Jim and Shirley Howie
Acknowledgments and Foreword
The authors wish to thank the following:
The American Hibiscus Society, Florida, U.S.A. for their permission to use articles and portions of articles from their publications, and for help and cooperation from information.
The Australian Hibiscus Society for their permission to use information from their publications, and the members of the Society all too numerous to mention who have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this publication.
Tom Mead of the N.S.W. Department of Agriculture for help and assistance over the years.
The late and great Ross Gast for information relative to the history of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.
Mr David Hockings, Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, Queensland for article contribution and technical advice.
Steven Bray for his fine photographic efforts.
Shirley Howie for her line drawings and patience. Nancy Beers for her support and patience.
Raymond J. Rowell who taught Les that to observe is to learn.
The various people who have helped in any way.
Les Beers and Jim Howie
Profiles of the Authors
While the following information on hibiscus has been collected over
many years, we learn as we grow these beautiful plants and new techniques
are being introduced all the time. By joining either the American or
Australian Hibiscus Society one can keep abreast of any new developments.
The successful growing and flowering of hibiscus spurs the grower on to
better and more difficult varieties, but whether you are a novice or
experienced grower, we trust this publication will help in Growing
An old gardener once said `It is not what you grow, but how you grow it!' and how true this is when you see some of the old hibiscus well cared for and rewarding their owners with masses of lovely blooms. A little tender loving care is all that's needed to transform old, neglected plants into blooming marvels, and with proper care there is no other plant as rewarding as hibiscus, whatever the variety! With their wonderful colour range and diverse growth habits hibiscus have truly earned their rightful place in any garden, and although they like to be grown on their own, they will coexist with other plants, giving life to the garden during summer and autumn.
Hopefully the information contained in this book will lead to a better
understanding of hibiscus, and a renewed interest in these plants. One
must realise however that whilst the information gathered by the authors
has led to bigger and better hibiscus for them, conditions do vary from
place to place, and some slight variations in culture may be necessary to
obtain the best results in your area.
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