3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An extension of the basics,
This review is from: Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: A New Guide to Our Wild Flowers (Paperback)
I generally prefer to have photographic comparisons of species but I do very much appreciate and enjoy this guide with its painted images. The paintings and the text are sufficient enough to be able to identify most species that are in England, Scotland and Ireland. It has proved useful on walks and for identifying flowering plants and shrubs in my own garden that have been seeded by birds or as wind-blown escapees.
Whilst I would agree that it is helpful if you can vaguely identify a species; I would say that I have not found it completely necessary to be that aware of plant species to use the book effectively. As of today (March 2011) I took the book outside to help identify a plant that was flowering. It proved to be a Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus Foetidus). I had never seen this before and yet by one or two minutes browsing I was able to identify it.
If you don't mind having a browse, rather than an instant key, I would firmly recommend it. Especially as by leafing through the book you have the chance to learn how to identify species and recall that for future use.