BLOOM­ING!

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Writ­ten by flower farmer (yes, there is such a thing!) Rachel Siegfried, The Flower Book takes the gardener on a de­tailed sea­son-by-sea­son tour of the best blooms to grow when and in what grow­ing zones. Then, she takes it a step fur­ther, pro­vid­ing in­spi­ra­tion for har­vest­ing the gar­den to cre­ate beau­ti­ful and last­ing ar­range­ments, us­ing sin­gle flow­ers as the an­chor for her de­signs – while fol­low­ing her three Fs: fo­liage, fo­cal flow­ers and fi­nal flour­ish – with near-math­e­mat­i­cal pre­ci­sion. Stun­ning photos of pe­onies, pop­pies, roses and snap­drag­ons are in this 200-plus page en­cy­clo­pe­dic tome, along with a few in­ter­est­ing va­ri­eties, such as as­tran­tia, celosia and St. John’s wort, which all grow in Canada. Siegfried also pro­vides tips on choos­ing the best stems at the florist, for those with­out a gar­den – or a green thumb. —Vi­vian Vas­sos

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