Do you dare delve into the thorny undergrowth? Why do jasmine flowers make you more sexually alluring? When is an apple not an apple? Are trees the tallest plants? Why should tadpoles look out for Fairy Aprons? What could I grow on Mars? This book answers hundreds of intriguing questions about flowers, plants and trees for which you thought you'd never find an answer: such as why are some plants edible and some poisonous? and: why are there large teardrops on the petal grooves inside a Crown Imperial flower? There are answers to suit those with mythic poetic traits and plenty to satisfy seriously scientific minds. The lives and loves of plants and trees attract scrupulous observation, while we also learn about plants and trees that feature in record books - the tallest, widest, longest, heaviest, smallest, deepest. Then there is the choosing of names - smart binomial nomenclature that celebrates their shape, colour, breeder or discoverer; or common names that echo their rural habits or coarsely interpreted characteristics.
Authoritative and entertaining, this book, containing around 250 questions and answers by garden specialist Caroline Holmes, is for everyone who has ever been curious about things that grow.
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(198mm x 125mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Caroline Holmes
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian and worldwide consultant, designer, lecturer and broadcaster. She designed the first six in the chronology of gardens at Yalding Organic Gardens in Kent and has undertaken a number of other design commissions, including theming the plants in the Poisons Garden at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland. Her books include The Not so Little Book of Dung (Sutton, 2006) and she lives in Suffolk.