ANTHOLOGY OF FLOWERS


ANTHOLOGY OF FLOWERS

JANE FIELD-LEWIS    Book Number: 85543    Product format: Hardback

Did you know that chamomile is known as a 'plant's physician'? If you grow it near a drooping or sickly plant, its restorative power can be quite astounding. Another favourite plant, the viola, contains the compound ionone, 'which temporarily disables the nose's ability to smell the flower', thus explaining why the fragrance seems to come and go. Illustrated with photographs cleverly composed to appear as Victorian botanical watercolours, 50 favourite flowers are depicted and described, detailing their history, folklore, emotional nature, if edible, wild, exotic, toxic, medicinal use and other remarkable facts. Nasturtiums are sometimes known as 'flashing flowers', because at dusk the petals seem to emit darts of light, caused by a reaction in the human eye to the contrast between the bright orange flowers and the dark green leaves. Another entry states that some tulip devotees in seventeenth-century Holland 'were prepared to spend ten times the salary of a skilled craftsman to get their hands on a single rare bulb.' Anyone who loves flowers will adore these full page paintings and lore of beautiful Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Safflower, Rocket, Iris germanica, Phlox, Carnation and dozens more. 128pp. Colour illus.
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ISBN 9781849497893
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