Thursday, April 2, 2009
100 Flowers Book Giveaway
I just got a new book called 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names from the publishers at Algonquin Books. I have to tell you that I can't put it down, and it's not even my regular reading style of historical fiction or mystery! I love to browse through garden books,of course, but this one is different.
There are only one or two pages on each type of flower, so it's almost like reading "floral" short stories. The description of this book is "it's a book for those not only interested in the blossoms but the roots as well."
Each flower section lists the botanical name with a breakdown in Latin or another language and then goes on to explain why it was called by that name. Some come with stories of Greek gods, while others introduce historical facts about days long ago.
(pictured is my garden last spring)
Here's a sample of the Daffodil name:
The difference in the meaning between the names of daffodil, narcissi, and jonquil is still unclear, but we seem to agree that all daffodils are narcissi, though not all narcissi are daffodils................
The confusion over the name "daffodil" may have started early when the British, who preferred the imported asphodel to their native daffodil, allegedly called the former "bastard 'affodil."
Algonquin Books is generously offering a copy of this book to one lucky winner!! Here's how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment about a book that interests you at Algonquin Books, either in the gardening section or elsewhere.
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Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
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3. For a third chance to win, blog about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.
4. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.
Open to US residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on Thursday, April 9th at midnight EST.
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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.