This is the first in a more or less regular series of short book reviews, Book Bullets, which will feature here on Transatlantic Gardener, between other posts, especially in the run-up to the Holidays.
Based around the exquisite RHS Gold Medal winning paintings of Elizabeth Dowle, sixty in all, this intriguing overview of the history of the auricula takes us through the development of these captivating flowers from the wild through their heyday to their present revival.
Packed with fascinating historical detail that informs our pleasure in auriculas today, yet written in a relaxed and accessible style which is not overpowered by the wealth of material, this is an enjoyable and informative book.
Don’t expect a comprehensive A-Z of varieties, you can find that elsewhere, and don’t be put off by the sometimes clunky typography. Take pleasure in this readable history with its delicately beautiful paintings.
- Superb illustrations by Elizabeth Dowle
- Enjoyable overview of a fascinating history
Auriculas Through The Ages by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illustrated by Elizabeth Dowle, is published by Crowood Press.