A Contemplation upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and by Bobby J. Ward

By Bobby J. Ward

An wonderful survey of eighty plant genera, with a large number of references to, and extracts from, fantasy and literature during the a long time. This pleasant ebook will motivate you to examine your individual backyard in a brand new mild, in keeping with what William Blake or the traditional Romans stated approximately them.

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Nemorosa, from which numerous cultivars have been selected. Anemone coronaria of southern Europe has solitary flowers of blue, pink, scarlet, or white. AnemoneĂ—hybrida, which probably includes in its parentage A. hupehensis from central China, provides flowers in late summer to autumn in a range of colors, from magenta through pink to white. North American species include A. narcissiflora, which grows near the timberline in the Rocky Mountains and is also a Eurasian species, and A. parviflora, which is found from the Alaskan tundra to Colorado.

Acanthus flowers are typically purple and white, and the plant may have leaves up to 1 meter (3 feet) long. Among the most widely grown species are Acanthus mollis, the common acanthus; the sharply spiny A. spinosus; and from the Balkans, A. balcanicus (A. hungaricus). The genus name comes from the Greek akanthos, referring to the plant's thorny leaves and bracts. The shape of the leaves is also the inspiration for the common name bear's breeches, which is derived from brank-ursine, a Middle Latin word meaning bear's claw.

For most of the citations I relied on traditional and conventional bibliographic resources. However, one resource unavailable until the 1990s was both a time-saver and revelation: the Internet. Through the on-line searching of numerous literary databases it is possible, for example, to go to a site on the World Wide Web and read the Chanson de Roland in both medieval French and English. Electronic forms of the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible in multiple versions and translations are posted on the Internet.

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