!!> Read ➵ The Brief Life of Flowers ➸ Author Fiona Stafford – Tactical-player.co.uk
A Glowing Account Of The Myths And Meanings We Impose On Flowers A Book To Reread And Treasure John Carey, Sunday Times A Captivating New Book That Explores Our Fascination With Flowers A Delight Daily MailCome Rain Or Shine, Flowers Feature Perennially In The Landscape Of Human History Their Beauty Has Inspired Some Of The Greatest Works Of Art And Literature, Captivating Creative Minds From Ovid To O Keeffe, Wordsworth To Van Gogh, Botticelli To Beatrix Potter But Flowers Have Also Played A Key Part In Forming The Past, And May Even Shape Our Future Some Have Served As Symbols Of Monarchs, Dynasties And Nations From The Wars Of The Roses To The Order Of The Thistle And While The Poppy Is Often Associated With WWI, It Was The Elderflower That Treated Its Wounded Soldiers, Joining A Long Line Of Healing Flowers That Have Developed Modern Medicine, Including Lavender And Foxgloves From The Personal To The Political, Flowers Play A Part In All Aspects Of Life The Right Rose, According To The Victorian Language Of Flowers, Might Mend A Broken Heart, While Sunflowers May Just Save Our Planet This Beautifully Written Collection Is At Once Enchanting And Intriguing, Weaving Together Art, Science, History And Horticulture To Offer A Fresh Perspective On The World Around Us The Brief Life Of Flowers Reveals How Even The Most Ordinary Of Flowers Have Extraordinary Stories To Tell Nice little book A most excellent book, very interesting reading, highly recommended. Attractive book There is much to enjoy in this book which is divided into fifteen flower chapters roughly running through the year, and then ending with ghost orchids It is not aimed at the gardener interested in how to cultivate and propagate plants It s an exploration of the role plants have played from very early references through to the present day taking in art, poetry and literature and reveals a great breadth of knowledge on the part of the author.What I most enjoy about it, apart from the knowledge it gives me, is that the references send me off in all directions following up on quotations and examples For instance I discover that a painting referred to is exhibited at a museum not very far from where I live and I shall make a point of going to see it.I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the primrose prima rosa first rose traditionally the first flower of spring as snowdrops are commonly associated with the new year It has so many associations and was a favourite of Disraeli s who so loved it that Queen Victoria would send him these flowers from Osborne House in the Isle of Wight where the plant grew so prolifically that Keats suggested it should be renamed Primrose Island It is these fascinating details that make this book such a delight and such a treasure.I do, however, have one complaint This is a hardback with a beautifully illustrated dust jacket but why no colour plates whatsoever inside Each chapter surely should have one lovely colour picture of the plant it is introducing, especially at its full RRP of 20 This is a real missed opportunity that could be rectified when the book is republished It is the only thing lacking That apart it s a real treasure trove for anyone interested in flowers and their place in our history and culture. A beautiful book and an ideal birthday gift for any lady. This book is very colourful, literally It is a great pleasure to read Stafford quotes poets and writers like John Clare and Mary Oliver in order to demonstrate the beauty of flowers They have been on Earth far longer than we have They can survive in places we can t She examines many of the myths surrounding flowers 15 flowers are selected, ranging from the daisy to the rare ghost orchid Stafford discusses why we use flowers at funerals, weddings, and so on, to express what is very hard to put into words.The author spent part of her youth in Lincolnshire in the 1930s She pressed flowers such as primroses, and like many of us, got an infected finger from pruning roses without gloves Fiona is an academic with a very wide knowledge of flowers and trees She reveals, for example, that Elizabethan ruffs were stiffened with a secretion of the bluebell Lavender has long been used by sufferers of epilepsy, head lice, snake bites and toothache Opium poppy was grown in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC.This is a wonderful book to treasure An excellent Christmas present. A very enjoyable book about wild flowers I was disappointed that it did not include a chapter on violets The literary connections I found very interesting.