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Flora... in As­so­ci­a­tion with the Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew (£30, Dor­ling Kin­der­s­ley)

PER­FECTLY timed for launch at Christ­mas, this mighty hard­back would make a mes­meris­ing gift for a gar­dener. Spe­cially com­mis­sioned macro pho­tog­ra­phy, an­no­tated di­a­grams and il­lus­tra­tions re­veal in ex­quis­ite de­tail all the se­crets of the plant king­dom, from pic­tures of mag­ni­fied pollen and dis­sected fuch­sia flow­ers to sting­ing net­tle barbs and the nec­tar guides and guard hairs on fox­glove flow­ers. The book delves into the life­cy­cle of plants, ex­plain­ing for in­stance how they pro­tect them­selves from preda­tors and at­tract the right pol­li­na­tors. It’s hard to think of a more ab­sorb­ing book, per­fect for gar­den­ers and hor­ti­cul­tural stu­dents alike. One for the Christ­mas list. ✿✿✿✿✿

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