What to do if it's too cold or wet or hot to be in the garden?
Read about being in the garden, of course!
Allaby, ISBN 0198608764.
All the words.
This book is a delight--and thank you, Wendy, for drawing my attention to it! It gets into the guts of plants, so to speak, covering the botanical basics of plant structure, adaptations, nutrition and reproduction. Ideal to snuggle up with in bed at night--that's how readable it is.
Resurrection in a Bucket: the Rich and Fertile Story of Compost.
Margaret Simons, ISBN 186508588-X
Another book you can read in bed. This is a woman who loves her compost. And I love anyone who loves compost.
Native Plants of the Sydney District, Fairley and Moore, ISBN 0864172613.
The key isn't brilliant, but the photos really help with ID.
Australian Native Plants: Cultivation, Use in Landscaping and Propagation, Wrigley & Fagg, ISBN 1876334908. Not a field guide, but as the name suggests, a practical guide to gardening with natives. Hugely comprehensive. Pride of place on the bookshelf!
Burnum Burnum's Wild Things, Sainty et al, ISBN 0646398792. Not only native plants but also reptiles, frogs and birds. For your back pocket when you go bushwalking.
Dendrobium and its Relatives, Lavarack, ISBN 0731812948.
Dendrobium, Dockrilla and friends. Good photos and clear explanation of cultural needs.
Aquatic and Wetland Plants: A Field Guide for Non-Tropical Australia, Romanowski, ISBN 0868406325
Both of these books are valuable if you've a native pond. You don't want to introduce weeds--which is easy to do. (Some aquatic plant nurseries don't really know what's native and what's not....)
The Australian Vegetable Garden: What's New is Old, Blazey, ISBN 1864365382.
Published by the Diggers' Club, suppliers of heirloom vegetable seeds, this book helps you grow real vegetables, unlike the muck you buy at the supermarket.
Growing Australian Native Plants from Seed: For revegetation, tree planting and direct seeding,
Ralph, ISBN 0646428667.
Indispensible. You'll wonder how you gardened without it!
A Field Guide to Insects in Australia,
Zborowski and Storey, ISBN 18763344967