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Titel: Peonies Imperial Flower
Verlag: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Einband: Soft cover
Clean Inside, No Remarks Or Highlights. Paperback. 384 Pages With The Index.Large Heavy Books May Need More Payment For Overseas Delivery. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 031601
Inhaltsangabe: The ultimate study of the peony: a celebration of its place in art and in history as well as a practical guide to its cultivation.
Rezension: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall's Peonies is a ravishing book--the sort of book that you covet from the moment you see it--but it isn't just lovely to look at, it is also a wonderful read. It tells the long and fascinating history of this most beautiful of flowers, tracing its origins in the wild to its cultivation in the Imperial gardens of China and Japan and its journey to the West. The characters encountered along the way include an empress who arranged for the planting of many thousands of tree peonies, yet murdered her baby daughter and in her 70s took two brothers half her age as lovers, and a French missionary who spent most of his life in China collecting over 1,500 species of peony, most of which were sent back to France. As befits its subject, the book is lavishly illustrated with paintings and photographs that are both informative and appealing.
But this is not just a wonderful story well told. It is also a serious work of reference giving comprehensive information on peony varieties, how to grow them, where to find them, and where to see them. It's written with the international reader in mind, so references include information relevant to the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand as well as Great Britain and Europe. --Stephanie Donaldson
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