Minimal wear to cover. Pages clean and binding tight. Hardcover.
From the Publisher
Which suggestive plant caused a queen to faint when it was
presented to her at court? What was the original French name for
the Great Maiden''s Blush rose that had the Victorians blushing?
Why are figs and pomegranates thought to be the real forbidden
fruit that led Adam and Eve into temptation?
In this delightful gift book, master gardener Sonia Day brings
together delicious tidbits from myth, history, botany, and plant
lore to reveal how plants have seduced our hearts, minds, and
bodies throughout the ages. Organized in thematic chapters that
loosely follow the arc of a love affair, the book journeys from
"Innocence" (the notion of a virgin being "deflowered" originated
with the belief that flowers were pure and sexless), through such
stages as "Flirtation," "Seduction," "Lust," "Deception," and
"Rapture." Scattered throughout are love potions, examples from the
Victorian "language of flowers," and charming anecdotes, all told
in Day''s delightfully irreverent and conversational voice.
Gorgeously designed and featuring full-colour photos and
illustrations throughout, this is a sumptuous tribute to our
enduring fascination with plants that is sure to seduce readers