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In these days it is more for enjoyment than use that most of us care for flowers. our forefathers enjoyed them no less. as they wandered in woods and lanes it was to the wild flowers that they looked for the fairy names and rhymes and tales that they beguiled themselves and their children with. and these are things that we still recall as we follow the flowers round the calendar from the snowdrop and the celandine of the spring to the hellebore and the winter aconite.
for those who find flowers and flower-pictures an end in themselves this book will justify itself in the long succession which began with the flower paintings of knossos. but for those who want to follow the trains of arguments and reasoning that have been built up on the study of flowers it will open the door of a lifetime - need i pretend otherwise - a lifetime of adventure.
january 1956 c.d.darlington
i found this book in oxfam today and can’t believe how lucky i am. i get such pleasure from old botanical books, they are only things i hoard. oh and plants 🙈