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Beautiful Coffee Table books for people who love Flowers

Over this past year I have become ever so fascinated by the world of plants and flowers. I believe my love for flowers grew when I spent two months in Bali. The Balinese include flowers in their every day offerings, they create beautiful flower offerings called Canangs to their family temples, deities, elementals, their homes and more. Bringing flowers into daily life is considered a sacred act. This had a profound effect on me spiritually. But before my time in Bali I was developing my skills in botanical illustration and I’ve started keeping a nature journal, alongside this I am also learning about the healing effect of plants and how to make my own remedies, teas and tinctures.

I have chosen five very beautiful books that will quite happily sit on your coffee table for you to leisurely read on a rainy afternoon or for guests to flip through whilst you’re preparing a friendly meal.

Britain’s WildFlowers by Rosamond Richardson

From hedgerows to meadows, wildflowers can be found throughout our green and pleasant land. In this book, journalist and garden writer Rosamond Richardson traces the history and myths behind each flower to discover the fascinating ways in which the plants were used. Discover which flower used as a medieval lie-detector to test the innocence of suspected criminals, or stuffed in the shoes of Roman centurions to prevent damage to their feet as they marched. From periwinkles, beloved of Chaucer, and the oxlips and “nodding violet” growing in the forest of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the book celebrates the important role wildflowers have played in literature, as well as their uses in food and medicine, and the history, myths, and tales behind each species. This book is a celebration of the bountiful history behind Britain’s beloved wildflowers and is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening, history, or the natural world. Buy the book here: Britain’s Wildflowers

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Beautiful Books about Plants and Herbalism

The more I learn about Yoga and Ayurveda the more I want to deepen my knowledge and connection to plants and our planet. From nutrition to botany to herb drying. From creating herbal soaps and shampoos to cultivating a herb garden for tea and remedy making. To learning the symbolic and folklore meaning of flowers and plants to learning how to dye clothes with plants. As well as wishing to study both a herbalism course and botanical illustration diploma one day; needless to say I’ve been doing a lot of self study on the world of plants and how to bring them into my every day life- I’ve even been trying to learn how to make a traditional Canang Sari which is a Balinese flower offering. I’d love to swamp my home with house plants, herbs and botanical illustrations too.

Until then, I am collecting books to read and here are some lovely books I recommend any plant lover would love on their shelves.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This is a beautiful book that straddles the place between scientific research and indigenous wisdom. The author narrates the book and her down-to-earth storytelling is personable and sweet. She has such a wonderful way of teaching the science of how a whole variety of plant life lives and adapts in the world, while seamlessly blending in indigenous stories and commentary on climate change and environmentalism. She holds all the feelings in one handwoven basket – the fear and frustration at the decimation of so many species, the awe at how other species have adapted, and her own vulnerabilities and hopes about the future. It’s like taking a long nature walk with a very wise friend, who points out the beauty and resourcefulness of the plant life all around us.

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