" Pride and Prejudice" and the language of flowers... When Fitzwilliam Darcy leaves the inn in Lambton after a tense but fruitful visit with Elizabeth Bennet, her words cultivate his hopes. "Less naturally amiable tempers than Mr Bingley's have found ways to forgive you." Has she excused his flaws of character and errors in judgement? While dining at Pemberley, Elizabeth is confounded when Darcy says of her scent, "Now I find I am more fond of lavender than ever... certainly even more fond of it than I was in, say, April." Has he pardoned her intemperate assault on his pride? As her esteem blossoms into love and his desire flourishes into devotion, the meanings of every leaf and petal allow Elizabeth and Darcy to express emotions too vulnerable to speak aloud. But can messages in fronds and leaflets save their fragile hearts when scandalous news arrives from Longbourn? Perhaps flowers do not always say it best. Join garden writer Linda Beutler (Gardening with Clematis, 2004 and Garden to Vase, 2007) as she plants herself in Jane Austen's most admired novel, bringing her love of all things blooming with her. The gardens at Pemberley may never be the same!
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