Language of Flowers
Photography by Jan Baldwin
Distributed by Reed Books
Flowers have, over the
centuries, acquired symbolic meanings. At various times this unspoken
code has carried more weight than words. Whereas the spoken language
of emotion is often ambivalent, the clear message carried by flowers
can be unequivocal.
The Language of Flowers
uncovers, pictorially and textually, the flower's rich history and
presents it anew.
Florist Shane Connolly
matches flower with emotions, giving the relevant history of what
varieties have meant over the ages.
There are intriguing
titbits. Did you know, for instance, that the name foxglove came
from a Norse legend that had foxes wearing the flowers on their
paws? Or that the Aztecs flavoured chocolate with the tuberose?
Perhaps the real strength
of the book is in its evocative photographs and the excellent flower
A great present for a
close gardening friend.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH