- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: W&N; 01 edition (9 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297824244
- ISBN-13: 978-0297824244
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 4.5 x 25.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Peonies: The Imperial Flower Hardcover – 9 Sep 1999
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This 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 seventies 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 which 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 has been written with the international reader in mind so references include information relevant to the U.S.A and Australia and New Zealand as well as Great Britain and Europe. --Stephanie Donaldson
With 200 colour photos, illustrations and plans this book celebrates the beauty and influence of the peony and its place in art and history as well as providing comprehensive information for gardeners wishing to choose and grow the right variety for their garden detailing their fragrance, colour, flowering periods and hardiness.See all Product description
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