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.


2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.)
Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.

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.

Good Luck!!


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.





Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

123 comments:

mineola said...

I have two picks, and could easily have 50 from them! The "Have-More" Plan by Ed Robinson and Carolyn Robinson & 400 Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces by Diana M. Miller. We've just moved, this is our first spring here, & we are eagerly awaiting an order from the Arbor Day Foundation of about 30 seedlings (cheap! check them out!), in seven or eight varities of trees and shrubs- but need more picks because we need to cover four whole sides, we have a very oddly situated lot. And- I definitely want to pack this place with blueberries & other goodies!

joey said...

Looks like a good read, Jane Marie. Happy April gardening :)

mverno said...

1000garden ideas i could always use some new ideas mverno@roadrunner.com

Shannon said...

1000 garden idea.

Abby said...

Tall Perennials

I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but this pretty cover drew me in!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Alice H said...

I'd love to read 1000 Garden Ideas by Stafford Cliff - thats a lot of ideas! Thanks for the chance - alicedemske at hotmail.com

Alice H said...

I'm a subscriber via google reader - alicedemske at hotmail.com

alycep said...

This one is right up my alley-The Backyard Homestead- as I am trying to get to a more sustainable, self sufficient lifestyle. The book offered would be perfect for my friend who is an avid flower gardner-hope I win it for her.

apoalillo at hotmail dot com

5webs said...

"100 Vegetables and Where They Came From" by William Woys Weaver looks interesting also. Incidentally, my oldest daughter's name is Samantha ROSE and my youngest daughter's name is Vivien VIOLET, so this book would be perfect for me!
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

rockymountain_brown said...

Alpine Plants looks like a good read. Here in the upper elevations of MT, we have plenty of them.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I'm having a book Give-Away at my blog, too! Why not come over and sign up? If you post it on your side bar I give 5 more chances to win! I'll post yours on my sidebar.

Alpine Books looks like a great place to browse. I liked all the gardening books I saw, and the one you are giving away looks like a great one! I liked the '50 high impact, low maintenence plants'-- I like are 'low maintenence'!!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Jane Marie, I am already a 'follower' of your blog on my dashboard PLUS your posts are listed on my sidebar.

snowmermaid said...

Growing 101 Herbs That Heal
Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies
By Tammi Hartung looks interesting.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Would it be enough for me to post your contest in my sidebar, right along with mine? It would be seen all the time, not in just one post. I'd love to have a 3rd chance to win your book;-)

MJ said...

I like Growing 101 Herbs That Heal

MJ said...

I follow on Google Reader

carolyn said...

armitage's garden perinials would be another good choice.

carolyn said...

I subscribe

chromiumman said...

the have-mre plan by the robinsons is a classic

randio said...

The Backyard Homestead sounds intriquing to me since we're just now putting out a small garden to see how it goes! I'd love to be able to grow enough produce to feed my familly.

Owner said...

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From

deedleweedle said...

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From would be really interesting to me.

auntrene said...

The Backyard Homestead sounds good to me, I just went yesterday and looked at a new home that has a 2 acre orchard that hasn't been taken care of, I would love to get my hands on the grounds and see what I could do, unfortunately the house didn't suit my needs, the property was misused, and needs lots of TLC.. The boook in the giveaway sounds so wonderful, I love flowers, plants, trees, shrubs, I am not picky, I even have been known to like cactus.
Thanks, have a great day!

crystal said...

I found the lovely sounding book called"Creating Fairy Garden Fragrances ".What fun... I am going to check it out on Amazon:)
cyclona66@aol.com

crystal said...

I am a subscriber
cyclona66@aol.com

valerie2350 said...

the apple cookbook looks fun

valerie2350 said...

email subscriber

valerie2350 said...

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Just Another Hofeling said...

I would love the Backyard homestead both me and my husband would enjoy it and put it to good use.

autum22@gmail.com

Just Another Hofeling said...

subscribed.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sounds wonderful, Jane.

Wanted you to know that my Wednesday post will appear next Wednesday instead (provided on unforseen happenings, like the ones this Wednesday). I hope you like it. I had fun writing it for you!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sara and Alex said...

I like the 660 Curries cook book! My husband loves curry. I like the prize as well because I want to be able to teach my daughter about plants.

Sara and Alex said...

follower

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

The "Have-More" Plan
By Ed Robinson and Carolyn Robinson
Paperback really interests me!

onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

Meredith said...

I'd like to read " The Bad Daughter"
Betrayal and Confession
By Julie Hilden as well.
meredycat*lycos*com

Amber Bergstedt said...

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From
By William Woys Weaver.
ambpool(at)hotmail.com

Taylor said...

Subscribe- email. ambpool(at)hotmail.com

mindy said...

100 vegetables and where they came from things like that always intrigue me thanks for the giveaway

nfmgirl said...

I would be interested in The Berry Grower's Companion, as I hope to grow lots of berries, but haven't yet obtained a book about them. Thanks for the giveaway!

clenna said...

I would love to read 1000 Garden Ideas and make a goal of trying at ten of the ideas. Then if successful, go for 10 more!

Gertie said...

The Berry Grower's Companion By Barbara L. Bowling interests me because I'm interested in growing some different kinds of berries on our farm! garlandofroses@gmail.com

Gertie said...

Subscribed via FeedBurner!

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Gertie said...

Google Follower!

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sweetsue said...

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants would make a wonderful gift for my friend who lives in Nevada!
smchester at gmail dot com

sweetsue said...

I follow on Google Blogger!
smchester at gmail dot com

Deedles said...

"100 Vegetables and Where They Came From" by William Woys looks like it would be interesting to read.

Rita A. said...

From the cookbook section Biba's Italy caught my eye.

Dina said...

I like the 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From.

jawa22lly said...

I have a good friend that has been here from me more times than I can count and I would love to give this book to her as a gift. She would just love it..Great giveaway

spitfyr323 said...

I'd love to read "My Therapist's Dog." Looks like a good one!

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spitfyr323 said...

I'm a subscriber!

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NimrodVern said...

Wicked Plants looks like a fun read!

NimrodVern said...

I'm an email subscriber!

Elsie said...

1,000 Garden Ideas by Stafford Cliff looks like a book to read in my gazebo, as a second choice to the giveaway book!

Flowers are the language of the heart, and I would be delighted to know more about the names, the meanings...and all about gardens, the dwellings of some flowers, as well!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Sunnyvale said...

The Humor books would be fun to browse.

lsfish said...

I would like the book 1000 Garden Ideas, wow! That's a lot of different ideas to choose from

CathyH said...

Never enough gardening books! I was interested in the The Berry Grower's Companion. I finally have a yard big enough and love the wild life berries bring along with eating them myself.

CathyH said...

i follow your blog now thanks

lmurley2000 said...

i would also like to have the 10 steps to beautiful roses. thanks.

Kerri said...

Another great giveaway! This looks like an interesting book.
I'd also love to read 50 High-impact, Low-care Garden Plants by Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

sfyates said...

I would love to win some gardening books since I would like to start planting some plants and study them again.

Jill said...

I would luv to try some of the recipes in the 500 Treasured Country Recipes from Martha Storey and Friends!

Jill said...

I'm a New Follower :)

mmentor said...

i am tring to grow herbs...but everything dies on me

BUSY BEE said...

1000 garden idea. I am hoping to expand my garden this year. I am going to try those fancy purple carrots for sure.

Colengal said...

Designing the New Kitchen GArdent would be very intresting.

ginnn7 said...

97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile
By Jenny Langbehn made me smile just reading the name and info on the book. thanks

ginnn7 said...

I subscribe

Tina12312 said...

I'd love to read 1,000 Garden Ideas The Best of Everything in a Visual Sourcebook; I'm sure it would give me some new ideas. Thank you so much!

Tina12312 said...

Following you on google. Thank you!

tatertot374 said...

I also like the 1,000 Garden Ideas The Best of Everything in a Visual Sourcebook. Thank you
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I like America: A History in Art.
Thank you.
msurosey@yahoo.com

windycindy said...

Hello, The "Armitage's Native Plants
for North American Gardens" would be another gardening book that I would enjoy! I have been trying to add more native plants to my yard so they can survive the weather. Please enter me in your fabulous book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am subscribed to your newsletter!
Again, many thanks..... Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

The book called "Wicked Plants" looks very interesting. I grow oddball plants so this would be one that I would really enjoy.

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I am already a subscriber! Thank you.

gkstratos said...

America: A History In Art
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber/Feed
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber/email
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Jenndiggy said...

I'd liek to read 1000 places to see in the USA and Canada before you die!

Nickolay said...

I also liked the 365 INCREDIBLE FISHING STORIES PAGE-A-DAY CALENDAR 2010

jason@allworldautomotive.com

pancak said...

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants sounds like a book I could use.

susan1215 said...

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From

Leslie S. said...

I would love to get 365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials for my kids.Thanks!

turboterp said...

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants looks like a book I could really use! Thank you.

AmandaK said...

I must have the 365 Ways to Relax Mind, Body & Soul! Of course, who wouldn't want it?? It gives you tips on how to relax!!

orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sarah said...

I'd like to read "Your Cat's Just Not That Into You - What Part of Meow Don't You Understand?"

Anonymous said...

All the Onions

robertcschulz2003@yahoo.com

Bellemorte82 said...

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

Anonymous said...

50 High-Impact Low Care sounds good to me. I have the black thumb of death and can't keep anything alive.

amynhtown@yahaoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Back of the Box Cooking
book.
acptuser(at)hotmail(dot)com

djgroz said...

1,000 Unforgettable Senior Moments

Angie said...

I am a subscriber.
taylorhappyheart@ gmail dot com

Angie said...

I like the book in health and fitness section called Fast Beauty by Rona Berg. I may have to find that one. Thanks for the giveaway

Angie said...

I am a follower too. :)

Anonymous said...

"10 Steps to Beautiful Roses"!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

sharonjo said...

Growing 101 Herbs That Heal sounds interesting! Thanks!

trishden said...

I would like to read the Bamboo for Gardens. Thanks for a great giveaway!

trishden said...

I'm an email subscriber. Thanks!

trishden said...

I'm a google follower. Thanks! trishden

Gabriel J. said...

I like the apple cookbook.

ignoramoose said...

I'd be interested in Buried in The Bitter Waters!

ignoramoose at gmail (dot_ com

Jinxy and Me said...

I like jacket image for 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From

kakihara said...

The Backyard Homestead --I dream of one day growing all my own fruits, vegetables, and flowers---thanks for the chance to win --I love odd info --and I'm really working on being able to identify flowers.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...I saw a title that interests me:
"1,001 THINGS THEY WON'T TELL YOU
An Insider's Guide to Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck" By Jonathan Dahl and Editors of Smart Money.

These days, any tips to save a buck is more than welcome...

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

bookbanklink said...

I can highly attest to the general levels of difficulty in 5087 TRIVIA QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, featured in Workman's reference section. It is much like a master's course in the esoteric and obscure, and it can take down both academic blowhards and pretentious dilettantes alike! Four Stars!

Sahm Lee said...

I like the 1000 Garden Ideas book! thanks for the contest!
airalynn(@)gmaildotcom

Marie said...

I really like the 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From book!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

demmi said...

The Sweater Chop Shop book looks interesting con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Chris said...

I like the 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From.

purango said...

1000 Garden Ideas by Stafford Cliff looks interesting. garrettsambo@aol.com

Trish said...

I am very interested in the book The Backyard Homestead.

Trish said...

Forgot to leave my email! flowerpowr@bellsouth.net. (I am interested in reading The Backyard Homestead.)

Heather said...

I think the kids book, How Come? In the Neighborhood, sounds great.

Heather said...

I follow your blog through google.

Helen said...

250 Treasured Country Desserts sounds good.

elsmarlouamrman said...

I would like to read - 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From. Thanks for this chance.

elsmangeri@snet.net

bndraldy said...

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From sounds interesting as well as informative! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

Gianna said...

1000 Garden Ideas by Stafford Cliff :)

Anonymous said...

I like "50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants" for myself. However if I win I will give this book to my niece who has just opened up her nursery for its second season.

Thank you,
cammei@triad.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribed.

I forgot to use the correct format for email in my comments here and your other giveaway too. I hope I haven't disqualified myself.

Thank you,
cammei(at)triad(dot)rr(dot)com

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Isn't this a wonderful book? I love it, especially since it's easy bedtime reading, where you don't need to follow a long-term plot! I just requested the author's latest book, Lives of Trees, from my library. Excited to see it.