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Aphid in My Eye: Adventures in the Orchid Trade (English Edition)
 
 

Aphid in My Eye: Adventures in the Orchid Trade (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Powell , Betsy West

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This humorous book tells the tales of young Tom and Betty as they take on the world of fancy orchids in New York back in the day. Thomas Powell may be known to you as the distinguished, award winning editor and publisher of the monthly newsletter, The Avant Gardener, and the author of popular garden books. But, back in the nineteen fifties and sixties, he and his wife Betty were just starting out in horticulture when they were suddenly drawn headlong into the high flying world of the orchid trade, in the days before tissue culture and mechanized greenhouses made the world’s most beautiful flower available to all. The cast of orchid-obsessed characters in this book range from super rich, even titled customers to explorers, breeders, lecturers, judges, growers, and professional orchidists of all sorts.
If you have ever been part of a special interest organization or a competitive flower show, you will laugh with recognition at these boisterous tales of the old days when newlywed New Yorkers Betty and Tom took on the world of orchid collection and showing with innocence and energy. You will enjoy Betsy West’s spirited illustrations, too.

Tom, in this tribute to Betty, lays out the perils and pleasures of lecturing to snorers and poisoners, foiling pollen purloiners, corsaging buxom matrons for the horse show, and blanketing caskets with lovely orchids for gangster funerals. He takes you along for tours beset by beauties, bores and boars, the challenge of keeping a behemoth boiler going to save the orchids from bitter cold, a wild escape from a wife swapper, and the ultimate heaven/hell experience managing thousands of raging and rabid orchid exhibitors at the “greatest flower show of all time.”
This is a story of the heights of Mother Nature and the ways of human nature. Aphid in My Eye is a total treat for anyone who has ever admired, seen, or attempted to grow an orchid.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3137 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 150 Seiten
  • Verlag: B. B. Mackey Books (1. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00IQKDF5I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Behind the Greenhouse door 8. September 2012
Von Marmaduke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What an enjoyable read, the author's writing style comes through as it did in his newsletter The Avant Gardener which I have subscribed to over the years. You will find yourself transplanted into the world of Orchid growers, and always with spade full of Thomas Powell's sense of humor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Even if you don't know an orchid from an aspidistra, this book is hilarious! 9. März 2014
Von Whistlers Mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Today you can buy orchids in a grocery store or home supply store. (I've never kept one alive very long, but that's another story.) In the 1950's when this young couple went to work at an orchid nursery in Connecticut, orchid growing was as exotic as the flowers themselves. The charming, eccentric owner and his equally eccentric (but sometimes not very charming) customers make for some very entertaining stories. My favorite was "Tony" (Florist-to-the-Mafioso!) but you'll probably have your own. This book is well written and extremely amusing. It deserves to reach a wide audience.
5.0 von 5 Sternen FOR PEOPLE WATCHERS 1. Oktober 2012
Von Smart Gardener - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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You don't have to love orchids to love this little book. Tom Powell's remembrances are not your usual Orchid Society fare. The book is populated by people with names like Mrs. Humbleton, Mrs. Birdee, Lord Herringbit, President P., and the three orchid artistry judges the Misses Burleigh, Shipstone and Doreitus. Powell says, "One exhibitor was heard to refer to these ladies as `the three ugly witches'-(actually `witches' was not the word used.)"

Tom Powell, probably best known for his newsletter, The Avant Gardener, chronicles his and his wife Betty's early passion for growing orchids back when orchids didn't sprout in every supermarket. They were pioneers in the "grow orchids at home" movement. In their early orchid obsession days, they accepted an offer to run an orchid growing operation. "The modern greenhouse has electric carts and conveyor belts. We had only liniment and support hose." Along with the orchids came the employees. Patsy, the male in charge, called waiting on customers "pest control."

Aphid in My Eye will have you grinning and turning pages from the first to the last. Every once in a while there is a jolt that stops you reading to wipe tears of laughter from your eyes. Speaking of their days as tour guides, "They say that success breeds success, but we found it much more likely to breed twitches and incoherent speech."

You don't need to love orchids to love this book. Heck, you don't even need to be a gardener. I am glad the publisher sent me this book to review, otherwise I might have overlooked it. The humans that populate the orchid scenes take center stage. In addition, Betsy West's illustrations are loads of fun. As to why the book is called Aphid in my Eye, well, you will have to read the book.
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