By Janis Rukscaron;ans
Take a number of chapters from a John le Carré undercover agent mystery, upload a healthy dose of unique travelogue, combination with the best books on bulb transforming into ever written, and you have got Buried Treasures. due to the fact launching his first overseas mail-order catalog in 1991, Latvian nurseryman Janis Ruksans has speedily received a name as one of many world's top-rated specialists on infrequent and strange bulbs: Juno irises striped like unique birds; gem-like corydalis; dusky, brooding fritillaries. for many years, Ruksans has been scouring distant and hazardous areas of Europe and Asia to carry again seed of the botanical treasures that he deals via his nursery, frequently contending with corrupt govt brokers, armed rebels, drunken drivers, or even (before the autumn of the Soviet Union) the KGB. when you learn Ruksans' bills of his huge travels, you will by no means examine a flowering bulb within the comparable manner back. A crocus will take you to the beaches of Lake Abant in northwestern Turkey, a tulip to the mountains of Chimgan in Uzbekistan. even though experience abounds in Buried Treasures, there is a good deal extra for the gardener looking reliable details. in addition to being a well known collector, Ruksans is a grower and propagator of bulbs moment to none, and he generously stocks his specialist wisdom in regards to the care and cultivation of each significant and minor genus of bulb-forming plant. As richly diversified because the vegetation it describes, Buried Treasures will open your eyes to the wonder and fascination of the realm of bulbs.