Why Do Violets Shrink?: Answers to 280 Thorny Questions on the World of Plants

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Sutton Pub., 2008 - Gardening - 272 pages
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This book answers hundreds of intriguing questions about flowers, plants, and trees—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, color, breeder, or discoverer; or common names that echo their rural habits or coarsely interpreted characteristics. Authoritative and entertaining, this book, containing 280 questions and answers, is for everyone who has ever been curious about things that grow.

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

This is a good book to keep in the toilet or keep on your bedside-table. It contains a fascinating collection of interesting facts about plants and their biology, their uses, the mythology surrounding ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

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.

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