Written by Zoe Devlin, this book is near and dear to my heart as you all know how much I love flowers but you may not have known that Ireland is where I hail from; in fact all of my family is still “Back Home”, where clematis and roses (amongst others) bloom all year long & if it snows just 1cm the entire country comes to a halt!
This wonderful book shows the diversity of the plant life in Ireland and delves into over 400 varieties of wildflowers that can be commonly found along hedgerows and the side of the road.
What makes this book really great is that the author has included flower related Irish Folklore with the wildflower descriptions. Here’s a sample taken directly from the book on Amazon.
Excerpt taken from Amazon.com:
When Zoe Devlin was shown a wild orchid by a relative, the late Dr Kathleen Lynn, it sparked a lifelong interest in wildflowers. Here is Zoe’s personal record of the wildflowers that adorn Ireland’s countryside, presented so those without botanical knowledge can gain a greater understanding of the subject. Passionate about this often-overlooked part of our natural heritage, Zoe embellishes descriptions and photographs of the plants with herbal and literary references and related Irish folklore. She describes over 400 commonly found wildflowers as well as some not so-common and even rare species. This book creates a new awareness and wider picture of the world of wildflowers in Ireland. In presenting this book, Zoe Devlin says: ‘Conservation of our wildflowers is of the utmost importance as they are now facing threats on several different sides’, and she expresses a hope that ‘through education and awareness of the diversity of our wildflowers, perhaps, just perhaps, the tide can be held back a little longer.’ Zoe Devlin on Yellow-rattle: …I first recorded this species in 1976 at Rossadillisk, County Galway. The plants were flowering in a beautiful old meadow by the sea, jostling for space among a number of other wildflowers, all crowded together, their heads swaying and tossing in the breeze. The hidden Corncrakes were calling ‘Crex Crex’ and it seemed as if time had passed it by altogether. It was both a sight and a feeling I shall never forget …
About the Author
Born in Dublin, Zoe Devlin has been interested in wildflowers and the environment since childhood. After retirement, she fulfilled an ambition to bring together her twin interests of botany and photography. By developing her own website, www.wildflowersofireland.net, Zoe has created a forum for others interested in seeking out, identifying and sharing wildflowers in Ireland.
This book was written for you and me, you do not have to be a botanist to understand & appreciate it! I encourage you all to buy a copy of this book, it’s a beautiful hardcover with many great photo’s of Ireland’s Wildflowers.