Daffodil: The remarkable story of the world's most popular spring flower

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Daffodil: The remarkable story of the world's most popular spring flower

by Noel Kingsbury
Photographed by Jo Whitworth

Timber Press | September 24, 2013 | Hardcover |

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There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It''s a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms.

Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange, and white). Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth''s revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen. Plant lovers will relish the stories and gardeners will cherish the cultivation notes, plant descriptions, and recommendations.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 220 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Timber Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1604693185

ISBN - 13: 9781604693188

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Daffodil: The remarkable story of the world's most popular spring flower

Daffodil: The remarkable story of the world's most popular spring flower

by Noel Kingsbury
Photographed by Jo Whitworth

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 220 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Timber Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1604693185

ISBN - 13: 9781604693188

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There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It''s a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms.

Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange, and white). Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth''s revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen. Plant lovers will relish the stories and gardeners will cherish the cultivation notes, plant descriptions, and recommendations.

About the Author

Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.

Jo Whitworth is an award-winning photographer based in the UK. Her inspirational images feature in a wide range of books and magazines. While taking photographs for this book, she discovered the original seedbeds where Victorian breeders conducted their trials, found colonies of wild daffodils alive and well in British meadows, and photographed contemporary breeders at work across the British Isles from Cornwall to Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

"Everything one needs to know about the species is covered. With color photography by Jo Whitworth on every page, the book explains the daffodil''s early history. and spread around the world."

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