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A charming early edition of 'Wayside'.,
This review is from: Flower Fairies Of The Wayside. (Hardcover)
I've always felt that the 'wayside' plants were under-rated in todays 'designer' plant landscapes. Give me the rough lawns dappled with dandelion, bellis, speedwell and black medic, over the dull, uninteresting green expanses that pass for 'the cultured' these days.
Cicely Mary Barker possessed a sensitivity to the natural surroundings which is so clearly presented in the care she took to present this world to us in her enchanting watercolours. If you get the chance to look through the early editions of her books, don't pass it up. Yes, all the publications of her work are beautiful, but the editions published after her death (1973), especially with the 1985 creation of 'The Flower Fairies of Winter', you are no longer looking at her work presented as she saw it. I wonder whether there really is a winter in the milder temperate areas, and I think she may have felt the same way growing up in England. Oh, and don't get me started on the 'Christmas tree Fairy', that should have remained a postcard and I doubt she would have ever approved of it being included in any one of the 'Flower Seasons' books. Yes, it's delightful, but the 'Winter' book is pluck full of fairies from the other books anyways.
There you are and sorry for the divergent rant.
Buy the newer editions for immediate enjoyment, and put the earlier editions on your wish list, you won't regret it.