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RHS Genealogy for Gardeners - Hyvää ystävänpäivää!

RHS Genealogy for Gardeners. Plant Families Explained and Explored.
Authors: Dr Ross Bayton and Simon Maughan.
Published in hardback by Mitchell Beazley in association with the Royal Horticultural Society. London 2017. £ 14.99.

My opinion: Interesting and very beautiful.
Recommend? Yes!

Received as a Christmas present from an attentive family member, this wonderful book charmed me from the beginning, as can be expected. :) It's lovely to browse through the informative and very beautifully illustrated pages.

The book helps the reader to recognise similar characteristics among plants and identify which family they belong to. The families are listed in roughly evolutionary order - and I find especially interesting the sections about the origins of each family.

The plant families explored are indeed the most familiar ones, also to us (enthusiastic) amateurs. Nevertheless, there's much to learn. Text boxes also give helpful insights into how to use each family and how to make the plants thrive. 

Sain tämän ihastuttavan kirjan joululahjaksi. Kuvista tuli pimeitä ja epätarkkoja, mutta eiköhän kirjan kauneus tule kuitenkin esiin. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hyvää ystävänpäivää!

Buon San Valentino!


  1. Hyvää ystävänpäivää Sara!

  2. It looks like a truly outstanding book, Sara, the kind that would sit proudly in my shelves. Just judging from the illustrations seen in your blog post it resonates high quality. I am sure that you were very happy to receive this gift from a person who obviously knows your tastes well.

    1. You would surely enjoy reading it, David.
      Happened to notice that in the USA this book is published by Chicago University Press under the title Plant Families: A Guide for Gardeners and Botanists.

  3. Beautiful book Sara! The illustrations look gorgeous!

  4. What a precious gift,my friend!A very beautiful book!Best wishes!Maristella.

  5. What a lovely book and the perfect book for an avid gardener. I am sure that it will quite helpful as you plan and maintain your gardening chores. Happy Valentine's Day.

  6. PS I still have stamps to send you. -:)

  7. What a beautiful book, and a coffee cup.
    They make it easier to dream about summer.

    Buon San Valentino 💕

  8. Sara that is a beautiful book! the illustrations are gorgeous!

  9. It looks like interesting, very useful and amazing book, Sara. I love reading about botanic science, it helps me in gardening.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ihana postaus ja suloiset kuvat❤ Ihanaa ystävänpäivää❤ Halauksia❤

  11. what a lovely book! and happy Valentine's day! <3

  12. This book is interesting and has some very nice pictures of plants and flowers. Have a blessed Valentine's Day. Madeline

  13. i will be back to read and see closely your lovely post dearest Sara!
    just came to say quick Happy valentine's day!!!

    sending you much love and hugs my friend!

  14. Todella kauniit kuvat tuossa kirjassa! Ihana kurresydän:)

  15. Hej Sara!

    Din bok ser väldigt intressant ut, lyser kvalitet lång väg. Tyvärr produceras det massor av skräpböcker inom trädgårdsvärlden men den som köpte boken till dig visste nog skillnad mellan seriösa böcker och trams.


  16. This book seems to be very interesting. I love books with drawn pictures of plants. They are much more precise than a picture taken with a camera.

    Greetings Kathrin

  17. Such a lovely book and kind gift, dear Sara! The illustrations are so beautiful. A real treasure. I hope you had a happy Valentine's day. xo Karen

  18. What a beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite. X

  19. what an amazing gift ,never thought of this one
    i think that the one who presented this gift to you knows your passion about plants dear Sara:)

    i liked the series of photos you shared from books it sis quite thick and sound really informative!

    have a beautiful days my friend!

  20. O, how nice! Love to see it! We have really the same interest! (I found you on Insta, five intes ago and I am following you now).

  21. Looks like the perfect book to spend a cold winter day with.

  22. Kirja vaikuttaa mielenkiintoiselta ja tietysti myös näyttää kauniilta. Mukavaa viikonloppua!

  23. Enjoy your book! What a great present.

  24. This book is beautiful, Sara, and you have the perfect cup to drink a coffee, while you are browsing it. :-)
    I wish you wonderful, sunny days! Big, big hugs! ♥

  25. so much snow!!! the poor little creatures..

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com


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