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Native Trees of the Midwest - Identification, Wildlife Value, and Landscaping Use (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Sally Weeks Native Trees of the Midwest - Identification, Wildlife Value, and Landscaping Use (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Sally Weeks
R1,008 R804 Discovery Miles 8 040 Save R204 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Native Trees of the Midwest is a definitive guide to identifying trees in Indiana and surrounding states, written by three leading forestry experts. Descriptive text explains how to identify every species in any season, and color photographs show all important characteristics. Not only does the book allow the user to identify trees and learn of their ecological and distributional attributes, but it also presents an evaluation of each species relative to its potential ornamental value for those interested in landscaping. Since tree species have diverse values to wildlife, an evaluation of wildlife uses is presented with a degree of detail available nowhere else. This second edition contains a chapter on introduced species that have become naturalized and invasive throughout the region. All accounts have been reviewed and modifications made when necessary to reflect changes in taxonomy, status, or wildlife uses. Keys have been modified to incorporate introduced species.

Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World (Hardcover, Illustrated edition): Ben-Erik Van Wyk Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World (Hardcover, Illustrated edition)
Ben-Erik Van Wyk
R1,224 Discovery Miles 12 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence. The book covers more than 150 species, from black pepper and blackcurrant to white mustard and white ginger, detailing the propagation, cultivation, and culinary uses of each. Introductory chapters capture the essence of culinary traditions, traditional herb and spice mixtures, preservation, presentation, and the chemistry of flavours, and individual entries include the chemical compounds and structures responsible for each spice or herb's characteristic flavour. Finally, the book offers a global view of the most famous use or signature dish for each herb or spice, satisfying the gourmand's curiosity for more information about new dishes from little-known culinary traditions. People all over the world are becoming more sophisticated and demanding about what they eat and how it is prepared. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World will appeal to those inquisitive foodies in addition to gardeners and botanists.

Hedgerow (Hardcover, New): John Wright Hedgerow (Hardcover, New)
John Wright 1
R453 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R74 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods - these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this hugely informative and witty handbook, John Wright reveals how to spot the free and delicious pickings to be found in the British countryside, and how to prepare and cook them. First John touches on the basics for the hedgerow forager, with an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need. Next he guides you through the tasty edible species to be found. Each one is accompanied by photographs for identification, along with their conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods - not forgetting, of course, some fascinating asides and diversions about their taxonomy and history. Fifty species are covered, including bilberries, blackberries, raspberries, common mallow, dandelions, hedge garlic, horseradish, pignuts, nettles, sloes, sweet chestnuts, water mint, bulrushes and wild cherries. After this there is a section describing the poisonous species to steer clear of, with identifying photographs as well as warnings about nasty 'lookalikes'. Finally, there are thirty delicious recipes to show how you can make the most of your (edible) findings.Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, "Hedgerow" is an indispensable household reference, and an essential book to have by your side for every trip into the countryside.

Edible Mushrooms (Paperback): Clyde M. Christensen Edible Mushrooms (Paperback)
Clyde M. Christensen
R985 Discovery Miles 9 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Edible Mushrooms "was first published in 1981. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The choicest varieties of mushrooms cannot be cultivated or commercially grown but are available in abundance to those who take the trouble to find them. With this book in hand, anyone can, with confidence, gather and enjoy delicious wild mushrooms without fear of the poisonous varieties.

"Edible Mushrooms," a new edition of the 1943 classic guide, "Common Edible Mushrooms," describes in detail more than 60 of the most abundant and most easily recognized species. Photographs, many in color, show each species in its natural habitat for easy identification. Clyde M. Christensen warns against the poisonous varieties and advises amateur mushroom hunters to become thoroughly familiar with the most common edible mushrooms and to avoid all others.

This edition contains new full-color photographs, and new material on how mushrooms grow and how to identify and collect them. Christensen has updated the classification to bring scientific names into agreement with internationally approved nomenclature but retains the older technical names in parentheses for easy comparison with other guides. An enlarged section of recipes provides good ideas for making the most of a mushroom harvest.

Poppy (Hardcover): Andrew Lack Poppy (Hardcover)
Andrew Lack
R431 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The poppy is the classic cornfield plant. Throughout history it has been one of the most successful of all agricultural weeds. Its brilliant colour has made it one of our best-known plants - it is beloved of artists and poets, though often hated by farmers. But its origins are obscure; it seems entirely confined to agricultural and marginal land, wherever it is found. Where was it before the inception of agriculture? And how is it that it is almost unique in its colour among the flowers of northern Europe?In Poppy Andrew Lack explores all aspects of one of our most familiar but declining flowers, combining history and biology with symbolic associations and connections with the arts. He describes why the poppy is so intimately associated with war and remembrance, and tells remarkable stories about the different varieties: the opium poppy, one of the oldest of narcotics, has had a profound influence on human history; the term 'tall poppy syndrome' is now used to describe envy of the success of a peer; and in many countries the poppy has come to symbolize weddings or death. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Poppy will appeal to the many admirers of this most colourful and striking plant.

Appalachian Mushrooms - A Field Guide (Paperback): Walter E Sturgeon Appalachian Mushrooms - A Field Guide (Paperback)
Walter E Sturgeon
R814 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R151 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From one of the region's foremost mushroom hunters-Walter E. Sturgeon-comes a long-overdue field guide to finding and identifying the mushrooms and fleshy fungi found in the Appalachian mountains from Canada to Georgia. Edibility and toxicity, habitat, ecology, and detailed diagnostic features of the disparate forms they take throughout their life cycles are all included, enabling the reader to identify species without the use of a microscope or chemicals. Appalachian Mushrooms is unparalleled in its accuracy and currency, from its detailed photographs to descriptions based on the most advanced classification information available, including recent DNA studies that have upended some mushrooms' previously accepted taxonomies. Sturgeon celebrates more than 400 species in all their diversity, beauty, and scientific interest, going beyond the expected specimens to include uncommon ones and those that are indigenous to the Appalachian region. This guide is destined to be an indispensable authority on the subject for everyone from beginning hobbyists to trained experts, throughout Appalachia and beyond.

Plants That Can Kill - 101 Toxic Species to Make You Think Twice (Paperback): Stacy Tornio Plants That Can Kill - 101 Toxic Species to Make You Think Twice (Paperback)
Stacy Tornio
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following the success of Plants You Can't Kill, Tornio now takes a look at those plants that can actually kill you if you're not careful. This book will offer up information to gardening enthusiasts of all levels about common plants that are toxic, poisonous, and even deadly. While the level of toxicity varies from each plant, all are considered deadly in one way or another to wild animals, family pets, and even humans. With its colorful, easy-to-read format, Plants That Can Kill will introduce readers to what these plants look like, smell like, feel like, and sometimes even taste like. Fun facts, interesting tidbits, and history will combine to teach gardeners where these types of plants can be found, how poisonous each one is, and whether these plants are still okay to have in their gardens or if they should be gotten rid of immediately. Plants featured include many common and attractive species you may receive in bouquets or even decorate your homes with, including daffodils, irises, tulips, jasmine, witch hazel, mistletoe, poinsettias, buttercups, marigolds, and even fruits and vegetables like cherries, rhubarb, and some tomatoes.

Molds, Mushrooms, and Mycotoxins (Paperback, Minnesota Archive Editions Ed.): Clyde M. Christensen Molds, Mushrooms, and Mycotoxins (Paperback, Minnesota Archive Editions Ed.)
Clyde M. Christensen
R1,229 Discovery Miles 12 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Molds, Mushrooms, and Mycotoxins was first published in 1975. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.As Professor Christensen has made evident in his earlier books, including The Molds and Man, fungi are significantly interesting in their life-styles and in the many ways in which they affect man. Here he continues his exploration of the lives of the fungi and their relation to man, focusing on the harmful or dangerous effects which certain molds, mushrooms, and other fungi can have on human beings.The first several chapters deal with fungi that are toxic in one way or another: either the fungi themselves are toxic when consumed, as with poisonous mushrooms and ergot, or the fungi secrete toxic compounds that diffuse into the substance on which they grow, making that substance toxic when eaten. He discusses hallucinogenic as well as poisonous mushrooms and provides extensive information about mycotoxins in human and animal foods, which are recently discovered health hazards.Other chapters deal with fungus spores, which are a major cause of respiratory allergies, and with fungi which are predators or parasites of insects and nematodes. A chapter is devoted to fungus infections of man and animals, which at times constitute a serious public health problem. Another chapter discusses the nature, cause, and prevention of wood decay in trees and buildings. In a final chapter the author discusses some aspects of organic evolution in general as a background for presenting theories and facts on the evolution of fungi. He summarizes some of the ways in which fungi enter into our lives and economy, and looks to the role of fungi in the future.The illustrations, in both black and white and color, show some of the fungi and processes that are discussed.

Hidden Histories: Trees - The Secret Properties of 150 Species (Book): Noel Kingsbury Hidden Histories: Trees - The Secret Properties of 150 Species (Book)
Noel Kingsbury 1
R405 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R95 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Hidden Histories: Trees' reminds us of the rich heritage that the trees of the world have to offer. Noel Kingsbury's selection includes not only the trees common to the Northern Hemisphere, such as alder, ash and oak but also more unusual tropical and subtropical trees. He reveals the traditional significance of each of his 100 chosen trees and their contributions to cooking, health and beauty. In exploring the myths and superstitions that have built up around particular trees, he explains how our relationship with the trees that surround us has stood the test of time.

Fruit 2nd Edition: Edible, Inedible, Incredible (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler Fruit 2nd Edition: Edible, Inedible, Incredible (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler; Edited by Alexandra Papadakis
R1,028 R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Save R324 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Plants have developed manifold strategies and ruses for the dispersal of their seed. These are reflected in the many different colours, shapes and sizes of the fruits that contain and protect them. In this pioneering collaboration, visual artist Rob Kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy use scanning electronmicroscopy to obtain astonishing images of a variety of fruits and the seeds they protect. Razor-sharp cross-sections reveal intricate interiors, nuts and other examples of botanical architecture and reproductive ingenuity. The black and white microscope images have been sumptuously coloured by Rob Kesseler highlighting the structure and functioning of the minuscule fruit and seeds some almost invisible to the naked eye and in so doing creating a work of art. Larger fruits, flowers and seeds have been especially photographed. The formation, development and demise of the fruits are described their vital role in the preservation of the biodiversity of our planet explained. Fruits are the keepers of the precious seeds that ensure our future; some are edible, others inedible and many, quite simply, incredible. Published in collaboration with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia (Paperback): Hugh Nourse, Carol Nourse Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia (Paperback)
Hugh Nourse, Carol Nourse
R512 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wildflower lovers across Georgia know Hugh and Carol Nourse through their popular slide lectures. Countless other enthusiasts have seen their glorious wildflower photographs in books and magazines. Here, the Nourses draw on years of travel around the state to share their favorite places for seeing wildflowers. Of the many walks the Nourses have taken, these are the ones they return to most often because of the density or the unusual nature of the floral display. All twenty of these wildflower walks are on public land; everything you need to know about how to find them and what to do once you're there is included. Five walks are presented from each of Georgia's four geographic regions: Cumberland Plateau/Ridge and Valley (northwestern Georgia); Blue Ridge (northeastern Georgia); Piedmont (Georgia foothills and fall line); and Coastal Plain (all of Georgia below the fall line). For each walk, a scenic photo gives a hint of the locale's overall character. In addition, five of the wildflowers encountered on the walk are profiled with a photograph and a detailed description. All of the wildflowers on these walks are native to Georgia. A few are rare and endangered. Coverage of each walk includes directions and a trail map and information about: flowering season, peak flowering period, flower habitats, walk length and difficulty, restroom availability, and applicable fees. Common plant names are used in the main text; and the index lists both common and scientific names.

Useful Plants of Ghana (Paperback): Daniel Abbiw Useful Plants of Ghana (Paperback)
Daniel Abbiw
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kew botanists have studied African plants for two centuries, and are now co-operating with Practical Action Publishing to produce this book which will be a constant source of interest and reference internationally. The book, while of great interest to specialists, is aimed at the average reader. The plants are divided into subjects such as food, fuel, medicines and weeds, and are listed by their scientific and Ghanaian vernacular names, and by their English ones if available. In an age of rapid change when environmental issues have assumed significant popular and political standing, it is important to document as much as possible and make it available to a wide public. While industrial crops and plants of farms and gardens are included, many of the uses are of local occurrence and minor importance but of great interest to the ethnobotanist and biochemist searching for little known remedies for further research. A selection of colour photographs of plants and plant products has also been included, made possible by a grant from the Quaker Trust.

Concise Tree Guide (Paperback): Bloomsbury Concise Tree Guide (Paperback)
Bloomsbury
R185 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R26 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This beautifully illustrated pocket field guide is packed with information on the trees of Britain and the near Continent. It covers more than 160 species, all of which are illustrated with superb full-colour artworks that show details of mature trees, leaves, growth patterns and other interesting features. A concise written account covering size, description, habitat, distribution and habits appears on the same page as the illustrations for each species. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks help in accurate identification, making this book an invaluable reference source. It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information for the natural history enthusiast. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. A fold-out insert with at-a-glance pictures showing comparisons between trees helps quick and easy identification of various species. Renowned natural history artists including Cy Baker, David Daly, Colin Emberson and Lyn Wells painted the illustrations.

Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of New York (Paperback): Alan E. Bessette Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of New York (Paperback)
Alan E. Bessette
R520 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R97 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mycologists Alan and Arleen Bessette offer a complete guide to mushroom identification in New York State. Written for readers interested in the safe collection and consumption of a variety of mushrooms, the book includes identification keys for each species and detailed descriptions of poisonous species. In addition, the book is filled with vivid color photographs. Celebrating the culinary adventure of mushroom gathering, the authors include attractive recipes accompanied by photographs of the recipes' preparation. While the concise, accurate, and easy-to-follow descriptions provide the novice with a safe and reliable introduction to mushroom gathering, the book also serves as an essential reference guide for experienced mushroom enthusiasts. The compact paperback format with durable covers makes this guide an ideal book for use in the field.

Orchids of Britain and Ireland - A Field and Site Guide (Paperback): Anne Harrap, Simon Harrap Orchids of Britain and Ireland - A Field and Site Guide (Paperback)
Anne Harrap, Simon Harrap
R1,182 R924 Discovery Miles 9 240 Save R258 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Orchids have long held a fascination, both for keen botanists and the general public. From the mania of Victorian collectors to the enthusiasm of modern photographers, this family of flowering plants has a strange and exotic appeal. Many orchids are beautiful, and some are rare. This well illustrated orchid guide covers the identification, biology and conservation of British and Irish orchids. Until recently, the whereabouts of the rarer species was shrouded in secrecy, making publication of any details ethically impossible. In the last few years, however, these veils have been lifted and it is now possible to publish locations for all but one or two species. For the first time, this book includes a detailed site guide, covering the best places to see orchids in Britain. "A model field guide: good, large photographs that are actually rather gorgeous; a clear text that tells you how to identify the plant using the English language rather than "botanicalese"; useful diagrams of those spectacular flower parts; and a really comprehensive section on geographical range and subspecies." The Daily Telegraph

Flowering Plants A Concise Pictorial Guide (Hardcover): Leon Gray, V.H. Heywood Flowering Plants A Concise Pictorial Guide (Hardcover)
Leon Gray, V.H. Heywood
R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A beautifully illustrated reference to more than 100 flowering plant families.

"Flowering Plants: A Pictorial Guide to the World's Flora" is a comprehensive source of botanical information. More than 100 flowering plant families are profiled with authoritative text and featured in more than 700 beautiful artworks.

The book is divided into the two flowering plant groups: the dicotyledons, or dicots, which typically have two leaves in the seed's embryo, and the monocotyledons, or monocots, which typically have one leaf in the seed's embryo. This handsome reference includes familiar ornamentals, such as carnations, begonias and daffodils, as well as plants that are not as well known for their flowers, such as milkweed, ginseng and tea.

Each entry is presented across two or more pages and includes a full page of detailed color illustrations that show the plant's anatomy, with all parts labeled in Latin and English. The expert text describes the plant's physical features, distribution and economic uses. Also included is a classification list of all plant families.

An easily navigated reference, "Flowering Plants: A Pictorial Guide to the World's Flora" is ideal for gardeners, horticulturalists and anyone interested in botany.

Woodlands (Paperback, New edition): Oliver Rackham Woodlands (Paperback, New edition)
Oliver Rackham 1
R515 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R123 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Trees are wildlife just as deer or primroses are wildlife. Each species has its own agenda and its own interactions with human activities ...' Written by one of Britain's best-known naturalists, Woodlands offers a fascinating new insight into the trees of the British landscape that have filled us with awe and inspiration throughout the centuries. Looking at such diverse evidence as the woods used in buildings and ships, and how woodland has been portrayed in pictures and photographs, Rackham traces British woodland through the ages, from the evolution of wildwood, through man's effect on the landscape, modern forestry and its legacy, and recent conservation efforts and their effects. In his lively and thoroughly engaging style, Rackham explores woodlands and their history, through names, surveys, mapping and legal documents, archaeology, photographs and works of art, thus offering an utterly compelling insight into British woodlands and how they have come to shape a national obsession.

What's that Flower? - The Simplest ID Guide Ever (Paperback): Dk What's that Flower? - The Simplest ID Guide Ever (Paperback)
Dk 1
R208 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

RSPB What's That Flower? is ideal if you struggle to tell the difference between a geranium and a pansy. It's the perfect pocket guide for beginners but also a handy reference for the more seasoned flower enthusiast. Featuring over 150 common flowers from around the UK and Europe, flower type overviews show you what to look for where and similar flowers are shown side by side for quick comparison and identification. So take some time to stop and smell the roses with RSPB What's That Flower?

Wild Flowers of North Carolina (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Anne H. Lindsey Wild Flowers of North Carolina (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Anne H. Lindsey
R570 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R92 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This classic botanical handbook, originally compiled by the late William S. Justice and C. Ritchie Bell, pairs hundreds of color photographs with descriptions of the wild flowers and flowering trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and weeds found in North Carolina and many other eastern states, from Delaware to Georgia. Entries include information on habitat, range, size, months of bloom, and features for identification. For this new edition, Bell and Anne H. Lindsey have included too additional species and expanded the information in previous entries to address developments in the field of plant conservation, providing comments on endangered and protected species, medicinal uses, the cultivation of species in a wild garden, and the commercial availability of nursery-grown natives.

Nature's Garden - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (Paperback): Samuel Thayer Nature's Garden - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (Paperback)
Samuel Thayer
R640 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R98 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A detailed guide to all aspects of using edible wild plants, from identifying and collecting through preparation. Covers all 41 plants in-depth, the text is accompanied by multiple color photos.

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Paperback, New Ed): Wilbur H. Duncan, Marion B. Duncan Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Paperback, New Ed)
Wilbur H. Duncan, Marion B. Duncan
R638 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R108 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Richly illustrated with over 600 color photographs, this guide describes more than 1,100 wildflowers that can be found east of the Mississippi - in our woods and parks, along mountain trails or dunes, and even floating in streams. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, an amateur naturalist or a professional botanist, this guide will be a welcome addition to your library, classroom, or backpack. Wildflowers of the Eastern United States is Thorough: Covers more than 1,100 species of wildflowers found from Maine to northern Florida, including forbs, grasses, rushes, and sedges. More than 700 of these species also are found west of the Mississippi. Useful: Includes both common and scientific names. The succinct descriptions and color photographs provide the most easily recognizable characteristics necessary for positive identification of each species. Accessible: Keeps language as simple as possible so that hobbyists as well as specialists will find the book accurate and easy to use. A glossary and line drawings define and illustrate botanical terminology, and the authors provide a brief guide to plant structure. Informative: Describes range, blooming season, and typical habitat for each species. A list of plants with unusual characteristics is a further aid to identification.

Harrap's Wild Flowers (Paperback): Simon Harrap Harrap's Wild Flowers (Paperback)
Simon Harrap
R520 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wild flower identification may seem impossibly hard to those not familiar with them, but this brilliant new photographic guide aims to change that forever. With superb photography throughout, including stunning portraits and close-ups of key features where relevant, and succinct, no-nonsense text this book will help you identify almost any wild flower that you may encounter in Britain and Ireland. More than 800 carefully selected species are included in the book, and only extreme rarities or seldom seen species are excluded. The pages have been designed to ensure that the photographs are reproduced at a sensible size and that the text is readable. Key features are highlighted in tinted boxes throughout the book, and details of confusion species and look-alikes are given where relevant. Accurate colour maps based on the national plant-mapping scheme are provided for almost every species. This handy guide is an essential tool for anyone interested in our wild flowers.

Naturalist's Guide to Field Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback): Donald Cox Naturalist's Guide to Field Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback)
Donald Cox
R431 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R74 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this comprehensive volume Donald D. Cox gathers substantial data on simple field plants in Eastern North America and with great clarity he studies their profound impact on regional ecosystems and the ecology of the earth. This includes origins and types of soils and how these soils relate to vegetation: climate and human culture; plants and fungi growth in fields; adaptations for survival: field plant reproduction and seed dispersal; and toxic, medicinal. and edible plants that flourish in fields. Cox provides complete and accurate details for readers interested in collecting and/or preserving field plants. He focuses on field conservation and habitat preservation throughout the book. A final chapter offers special projects and investigations for those who wish to go a step beyond collecting and identifying plants. This book is an indispensable reference for professional and amateur naturalists as well as students and the general public.

Blooming Flowers - A Seasonal History of Plants and People (Hardcover): Kasia Boddy Blooming Flowers - A Seasonal History of Plants and People (Hardcover)
Kasia Boddy 1
R440 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An evocative and richly illustrated exploration of flowers and how, over the centuries, they have given us so much sustenance, meaning, and pleasure The bright yellow of a marigold and the cheerful red of a geranium, the evocative fragrance of a lotus or a saffron-infused paella-there is no end of reasons to love flowers. Ranging through the centuries and across the globe, Kasia Boddy looks at the wealth of floral associations that has been passed down in perfumes, poems, and paintings; in the design of buildings, clothes, and jewelry; in songs, TV shows, and children's names; and in nearly every religious, social, and political ritual. Exploring the first daffodils of spring and the last chrysanthemums of autumn, this is also a book about seasons. In vibrant detail and drawing on a rich array of illustrations, Boddy considers how the sunflower, poppy, rose, lily-and many others-have given rise to meaning, value, and inspiration throughout history, and why they are integral to so many different cultures.

The Ash and The Beech - The Drama of Woodland Change (Paperback, Revised edition): Richard Mabey The Ash and The Beech - The Drama of Woodland Change (Paperback, Revised edition)
Richard Mabey
R262 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From ash die-back to the Great Storm of 1987 to Dutch elm disease, our much-loved woodlands seem to be under constant threat from a procession of natural challenges. Just when we need trees most, to help combat global warming and to provide places of retreat for us and our wildlife, they seem at greatest peril. But these dangers force us to reconsider the narrative we construct about trees and the roles we press on them. In this now classic book, Richard Mabey looks at how, for more than a thousand years, we have appropriated and humanised trees, turning them into arboreal pets, status symbols, expressions of fashionable beauty - anything rather than allow them lives of their own. And in the poetic and provocative style he has made his signature, Mabey argues that respecting trees' independence and ancient powers of survival may be the wisest response to their current crises. Originally published with the title Beechcombings, this updated edition includes a new foreword and afterword by the author.

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