The hidden wonders of the world of flowers revealed
The flower garden is so much more than a beautiful spectacle full of colour and scent. It holds hidden in its grasp a myriad of secrets which not only present its magnificent blooms in a new light but reveal a history as long as human civilization. In fact, there is no aspect of life that does not involve garden flowers in some way. In this fascinating book, which deserves a place on the shelf of any gardener or plant lover, are the answers to such intriguing questions as:
- How could daffodils be a cure for cancer – and dementia too?
- Which flowers that symbolize remembrance were buried with Tutankhamun in his tomb?
- How did a passion flower confuse the history of a Renaissance painting of Madonna and Child?
- Which flowers did the Romans add to the water to kill their enemies?
- What is the record height for a sunflower, and how does its bloom succeed in moving to face the sun from dawn to dusk each day?
- How did plant hunters risk their lives to bring us our garden favourites through their daring and persistence?
Whether edible or medicinal, deemed lucky or unlucky, and whether native to Britain or brought from lands afar to be bred in a huge number of varieties, every flower chosen for inclusion here will bring the joy of knowledge to the plant lovers, from the favourites of Shakespeare, Van Gogh and William Morris to the flowers that symbolize everything from nations to the deepest emotions. While this is not a practical gardening book it includes for gardeners a selection of less well-known tips for successful growing.