My flower obsession is growing. I was just thinking about a book presenting a different flower each day and here you are, I found it! It is “The floral birthday book” by Bernard F. Carter published by Bloomsbury Books in London. Charity shop find for £3. Beautifully illustrated month by month, with a flower, tree or a plant illustration and a little poem for each day. My birthday flower (27th of March) is peppermint which symbolises cordiality. And today’s flower is speedwell which says “You are my divinity”. We all know the language of flowers, right? My another latest purchase was a box of 100 flower postcards from Royal Horticultural Society. It is a beautiful set of botanical images from the RHS Lindley Libraries, the earliest dating from the late 17th century.
Again, credit to Keith Jones from www.seasonalwildflowers.com who helped me to identify epimedium known also as barrenwort, bishop’s hat, fairy wings and mentioned already horny goat weed. Just love those names!
Another thank you goes to Jim Gardner from thatscurious.com for correcting me on the coralroot flower which I mistankenly named a cuckooflower. Both plants come from cabbage family but differ in flower and leaves shapes. Coralroot flower is quite rare in UK so I am very happy it grows here in my local neck of woods.
I have bought a couple of books about wildflowers identification, full of info and beautiful botanical illustrations. It is “The Wild Flower Key” by Francis Rose and “The Wild Flowers of the British Isles” by David Streeter. I grew up in the country so I recognise a lot of plants and flowers but either forgot their names or never learnt them at all. Those books make a perfect bedtime read for me and there is so much to learn and I am so up for it.