“This crafty and malignant antediluvian vegetable” so said the Victorian scientists of 1899 when they believed that Arum had evolved its red berries to poison the birds that ate of them to become “huge manure heaps for the growth of the young plant”.
A crafty and malignant plant indeed.
Lynden Swift’s volume is a splendid and highly attractive book. Swift offers a beguiling and decidedly readable blend of science, historical utility, folklore and science, all presented in the author’s distinctive brand of narrative. The level of reported detail is rich and complex, yet presented in a readily accessible way. Wild Arum is above all a very English book. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Definitely. Would I recommend it to anyone? Indeed. Yes. Buy it. Read. Enjoy.
Lynden's passions for photography and for the native Arums are combined to provide a reference that is second to none. The beautiful full page photography ranges from stunning landscapes to highly creative closeups. Massive research has gone into this production and the chapters can be read in any order. Almost every aspect of “Lords and Ladies” is documented and referenced. As an Arum enthusiast this book is a must and sits proudly on my bookshelf alongside Prime's “Lords and Ladies” and Boyce's “The Genus Arum”. This is a book which will satisfy the Aroid enthusiast, the herbalist as well as people wanting a beautiful book.
Containing over 100 stunning photographs showcasing this unique British plant, the Secret Life of Lords and Ladies explores the history, the mythology and the fascination which this plant has held for us since ancient times. It is the first book written about the British Arum since Prime wrote his New Naturalist edition in the '60's and is available now in hardback, paperback and on the iPad.
Wild Arum Kindle Read on the go. All the same text as the printed versions but without the photographic galleries, to keep the file size small. Only 6.60. Follow the link to purchase.
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