Three books of considerable interest to gardeners have been published recently. One, a field guide to flowers, birds and trees has over 425 full color drawings. Another is a full color guidebook of pods of wildflowers and weeds that can be used for winter bouquets. The third tells how to grow flowers and vegetables in water on a small scale, in your home.

"Spotter's Handbook -- Flowers, Trees & Birds of North America," by Michael Ruggiero, Alan Mitchell and Philip Burton (Mayflower, well illustrated in full color, 192 pp., $3.95 paperback).

The material is also available in three separate volumes: Birds, Wildflowers, and Trees of North America.

Pictures show closeups of flowers, or a plant's fruits or seeds, as well as overall views. The authors explan how plant species spread -- seeds are scattered in many different ways, by birds and other animals, by wind and by water.

The seeds may stay alive for months or years until the right balance of wter, warmth and air makes them grow, the authors say. Then a shoot will grow up from the seed and a root will grow down into the soil. The plant will then flower and the whole process will begin again.

The seds of desert plants are very tough and able to remain alive without growing for years. As soon as the rainfall has been heavy enough, they sprout and flower.

You can learn a lot about the life of a tree by reading its calendar of annual rings, the authors say. Every year a tree grows a ring of new wood. You can se e these rings on a freshly cut stump. By counting them you can find out how old the tree was.

The section on birds contains interesting notes. For instance, birds change their feathers (nolt) every year. Some birds, like the gold-finches, have special feathers for the breeding season only. Owls have such terrific hearing that they hear their prey rather then see it -- after all, they hunt at night. And Arctic Terns fly around the globe, from Alaska to Antarctica every year.


"pods -- Wildflowers and Weeds in Their Final Beauty," by Jane Embertson, photography by Jay M. Canrader (Scribner's, beautifully illustrated in full color, 186 pp. $9.95 paperback).

Embertson is a waterclor aritst and free-lance designer, Canrader & free-lance photographer who has contributed to many wildlife and nature magazines.

"Pods, dried flowers, and grass are the ideal answer for winter bouquets when fresh flowers are no longer available," the author writes. "To me the empty seed container -- the pod -- is another of nature's works of art, as beautiful as the flower and as unique in its own form.

"Hydrophonics for the Home Gardener -- An easy to follow, step-by-step guide for growing healthy vegetables, herbs and house plants without soil," by Stewart Kenyon, Foreword by Howard M. resh, ph.d. (Van Nostrand Reinhold, well illustrated, 146 pp., $6.95 paperback).

Kenyon toured Canada and the U.S. in 1975 studying various systems and meeting experts in the field. Resh is one of the leading authorities in the field of hydrophonics. He is a lecturer in the Department of Plant Science at the University of British Columbia.

"It $"the book$" is not an exhaustive scientific review," says Resh, "but rather a guide that describes how to make hydrophonics work for you at home." The role of light, temperature and nutrition is discussed in terms that are understandable to the layman. The author gives us a number of easy-to-follow nutrient formulations and describes which fertilizers and the amounts of each to use."

"Using hydrophonics, you can easily have your own environmentally souicles."

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