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Old 06-20-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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leaf The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, & History (Sanders)

The Secrets of Wildflowers by Jack Sanders
I love this book!
It describes the plants appearance, where it grows and how to propagate it. It explains not only the scientific names but also the come names. It gives history, medical uses and occasional samples of poetry. LOL
Pictures are wonderful.
* It does contain exotic. ex Garlic Mustard A Tasty Foe
"help the environment-eat its enemy"

He encourages people not to pick native flowers and to responsibly acquire plants.
It would be a great book to introduce gardeners to natives plants.

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Old 06-21-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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Does this book let the reader know if a plant is or isn't native? Wildflowers can be native or non-native. You're good enough to catch that Alliaria petiolata and Daucus carota aren't desirable wildflowers but lots of gardeners aren't. I do like that you say they are encouraging people not to pick native flowers and to responsibly acquire plants. That's a big plus.
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Yes he always states where the plant original comes from. In the case of purple loosestrife or garlic mustard, he states what kind of damage it does to the environment.
It was written in 2003, so it more up to date on invasive species than his earlier book, Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles. It was written in 1993.

I didn't flinch when I read it.
It more of an entertaining book, than a gardening how to.
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Thumbs up!
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:45 PM   #5
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I checked it out of the library. I'm going to have to put it on my b-day or X-mas wish list. Its to late for Mother's day.
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