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The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry. For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry. For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike. Extremely popular during the Victorian era, these floriographies flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers like peonies (bashfulness) and tulips (passion).Coupled with stunning full-color illustrations, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight.


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The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry. For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry. For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike. Extremely popular during the Victorian era, these floriographies flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers like peonies (bashfulness) and tulips (passion).Coupled with stunning full-color illustrations, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight.

30 review for The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    A beautiful and fascinating book! S. Theresa Dietz’s The Complete Language of Flowers, A Definitive and Illustrated History, is an “attractive and informational reference book” that provides “diverse” and “contrary data” collected over two decades on this appealing topic. Included in this book are meanings or messages of certain flowers, plants, and trees. Victorians were partial to sending floral messages, but way before the Victorians, all world religions had a sacred plant. For example, Buddh A beautiful and fascinating book! S. Theresa Dietz’s The Complete Language of Flowers, A Definitive and Illustrated History, is an “attractive and informational reference book” that provides “diverse” and “contrary data” collected over two decades on this appealing topic. Included in this book are meanings or messages of certain flowers, plants, and trees. Victorians were partial to sending floral messages, but way before the Victorians, all world religions had a sacred plant. For example, Buddha would be enlightened “while meditating under a particular Ficus religiosa (Bodhi tree). Gardens and floral arrangements may have specially selected flowers to covey meaning such as the use of pink roses may symbolize happiness, joy, and/orlove. This book also discusses folk magic, folklore, additional facts, and toxicity of various flowers and plants. 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a beautifully illustrated book that's a joy to flip through. The whimsical art is the star here, though there are other lovely elements. What this book is: An alphabetical listing (by latin name) of over a thousand flower species, with small color illustrations of each one and information such as whether it's poisonous (simply shown by a skull and crossbones by the name), other names it's known by, symbolic meanings throughout history, brief folklore and facts, and "possible powers" (such This is a beautifully illustrated book that's a joy to flip through. The whimsical art is the star here, though there are other lovely elements. What this book is: An alphabetical listing (by latin name) of over a thousand flower species, with small color illustrations of each one and information such as whether it's poisonous (simply shown by a skull and crossbones by the name), other names it's known by, symbolic meanings throughout history, brief folklore and facts, and "possible powers" (such as death, healing, magic, sending away thieves, killing serpents, protection against witches and more for black elderberries). What this book is not: This is not a gardening book (no growing zones, information about annual or perennial, size, etc. is given) or an herbal book (no information on how to use elder or echinacea, for instance). It also doesn't give uses for flowers in terms of edibility, teas, etc. I found the illustrations delightful and really enjoyed looking through it. I appreciated that it's arranged by Latin name, since names for flowers vary so greatly by region and it's good for gardeners, herbalists and foragers to know plants by their Latin names. The facts and folklore were fun, but not in depth. I would have loved simple information like an icon showing garden suitability, size of plant, season of bloom, etc. but this is not that type of book. Still, it's a lovely one. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melike

    The Complete Language of Flowers is a reference book that provides insight into the symbolism and folklore of certain trees, plants, and flowers. The plants are listed alphabetically by their scientific names, however, if you don’t know the scientific name of the plant, then you can look up its common name in the index at the end of the book. Each page has 4-5 flowers that are illustrated beautifully which makes it a joy to look through the book. I will be purchasing this for myself and I highly The Complete Language of Flowers is a reference book that provides insight into the symbolism and folklore of certain trees, plants, and flowers. The plants are listed alphabetically by their scientific names, however, if you don’t know the scientific name of the plant, then you can look up its common name in the index at the end of the book. Each page has 4-5 flowers that are illustrated beautifully which makes it a joy to look through the book. I will be purchasing this for myself and I highly recommend it to all the flower lovers. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    S. Theresa Dietz’s The Complete Language of Flowers is an informative and well-designed dictionary of flower species. I love flowers but I never knew there were so many interesting and unusual species out there. I learned so much! I love the beautiful full-colour artistic renderings of the flowers. But, I wish every entry had a picture attached. Moreover, while I appreciate the briefness of the entries, they could have been better written because the writing sometimes lacks clarity. Moreover, th S. Theresa Dietz’s The Complete Language of Flowers is an informative and well-designed dictionary of flower species. I love flowers but I never knew there were so many interesting and unusual species out there. I learned so much! I love the beautiful full-colour artistic renderings of the flowers. But, I wish every entry had a picture attached. Moreover, while I appreciate the briefness of the entries, they could have been better written because the writing sometimes lacks clarity. Moreover, this book is more of an introduction to flowers instead of a comprehensive guide. This reference book is organized alphabetically. Each entry includes the flower’s scientific name as well as other common names, symbolic meanings, possible powers, and some folklore and facts. Dangerous plants are also highlighted. The entries are brief and simply written. But, while I understand and appreciate the need for brevity, the entries sometimes lack clarity especially with regards to the meanings and folklore and facts about the plants. Moreover, I am confused about the labelling of some of these ‘dangerous’ plants because many are popularly used as medicines and food. The book features well-known plants like Aloe vera (which has a super long list of names, including Crocodile’s Tail and Crocodile’s Tongue!), Gardenia (whose symbolic meanings include healing and I love you in secret), and Chrysanthemum (which has possible powers of protection). There is also a host of other fascinating and beautiful lesser-known plants like Candleberry (ancient Hawaiians used the nutmeats like candles), and the interesting looking fumewort (which has possible powers of exorcism and money). This book’s design is lovely and vintage. It will be absolutely stunning in print! I love the beautiful artistic depictions of the flowers. I especially love the stunning full-colour depictions on the division pages. However, I wish all the entries were accompanied by pictures and that they were all in full-colour because a few of the flowers are featured in black-and-white. The Complete Language of Flowers is a well-designed and fascinating book. It’s a good introduction to the world of flowers but I wish it was more thorough and the writing was much clearer. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press for this book in exchange for an honest review. 🌸 🌸 🌸 ½ flowers out of 5!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Wellfleet Pressfor a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History” by by S. Theresa Dietz in exchange for an honest review. “The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.” I My thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Wellfleet Pressfor a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History” by by S. Theresa Dietz in exchange for an honest review. “The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.” I have been quite fascinated by the secret language of flowers since I first encountered it in historical romances. In a society so defined by its rules of etiquette, the idea of fragrant nosegays created to deliver a private message was intriguing. I have also had a long standing interest in the folklore associated with plants and flowers. This lavish and beautifully illustrated reference book contains both aspects as each entry contains information on symbolism, folklore and facts. The entries are organised alphabetically by the scientific names of each flower. At the conclusion are indexes of both common flower names and common flower meanings. An attractive book that I expect will be of interest to aspiring and experienced botanists as a reference work. It would also make an excellent gift for same.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The Language of Flowers is one of my favorite books and ever since reading it I've wanted to learn more about the historical symbolic meaning of flowers. Dietz spent twenty years compiling the data for this book! I admire her dedication to creating such a comprehensive resource. Additionally, it is a remarkably beautiful book; almost each entry has an accompanying illustration and the layout design is perfection. My only frustration with the book is that the entries are organized alphabetically b The Language of Flowers is one of my favorite books and ever since reading it I've wanted to learn more about the historical symbolic meaning of flowers. Dietz spent twenty years compiling the data for this book! I admire her dedication to creating such a comprehensive resource. Additionally, it is a remarkably beautiful book; almost each entry has an accompanying illustration and the layout design is perfection. My only frustration with the book is that the entries are organized alphabetically by their scientific latin names, so if you know the common name you have to look it up in the index in order to find its number (not the page number, the item number). I completely understand the reasoning for organizing it that way, especially since most entries have several "common names," but I wanted to be able to flip to an entry without looking it up first. Side note: I was so impressed with what appeared to be hand-drawn colored pencil illustrations that I went looking for information about the illustrator. Disappointingly, the photo credits page states that all images are from Shutterstock, unless otherwise noted, and all those noted were from another digital image source. The author credits the publisher's team with finding images for the hundreds of entries, some of which do look like photographs, but most of which look like hand-drawn illustrations. It's still impressive, but I was disappointed to learn that a skilled illustrator hadn't singlehandedly drawn all of those gorgeous pictures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Houle

    An absolutely stunning book with beautiful drawings of over 1000 flowers with information on their official name, where they appear in folklore, what they are meant to mean in terms of the language of flowers, where they can be used in healing. Definitely a great gift for the botanist of any level in your life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Would like to purchase for at-home reference for future projects.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clarke

    Not a book to read all the way through, but that didn't stop me. I will definitely reference back to this for writing! Not a book to read all the way through, but that didn't stop me. I will definitely reference back to this for writing!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Illustrations are so beautiful -- basic information about the flower is given -- great for someone who is just curious about flowers and their meanings without all the other stuff.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Thank you to Wellfleet Press for the ARC! The Complete Language of Flowers is a surprisingly colorful and fun to page through guide to 1,001 types of flowers. Each is alphabetized by its Latin name, followed by a symbolic meaning, supposed powers, color-specific attributes and any folklore/facts associated with it. From the parthenocissus quinquefolia and lysimachia nummalaria to your backyard planter geranium and tulip, this book has it all. My favorite part about paging through was perhaps Thank you to Wellfleet Press for the ARC! The Complete Language of Flowers is a surprisingly colorful and fun to page through guide to 1,001 types of flowers. Each is alphabetized by its Latin name, followed by a symbolic meaning, supposed powers, color-specific attributes and any folklore/facts associated with it. From the parthenocissus quinquefolia and lysimachia nummalaria to your backyard planter geranium and tulip, this book has it all. My favorite part about paging through was perhaps a bit shallow, but feasting my eyes on the artwork. I may or may not have doodled a few of my favorites! The illustrations are vibrant and charming, which perfectly matches the whimsical vibe. It feels like a book you would find in a sunlit, fairy tale cottage. This guide focuses on the fantastical elements of flowers. Taking into account the sheer number of plants included, I can see why the information was limited to just that. As a biology student, I would have loved to see some more scientific information, perhaps about each flower's growing process/location, scent, if it can be brewed into a nice tea, stuff like that. Maybe not for every species, because again with over one thousand flowers that would be a decade long and A+ nightmare. But for some of the more common or interesting breeds it would’ve been cool to read! I'm a Ravenclaw, I like lots of detail :> All in all, this is a wonderful coffee table book, perfect for family/friends who are anywhere on the spectrum from hardcore gardener to simply appreciative of the artistry of flowers. If I were to see this in stores I would definitely gift it to both myself and others!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Complete Language of Flowers is an encyclopedic manual of the traditional meaning for flowers and bouquet building in the traditional manner of the Victorians. Due out 4th Feb 2020 from Quarto on their Wellfleet imprint, it's 256 pages and will be available in paperback format. The book has a retro botanical print vibe and the introduction leads directly into a very short 'how to use this book'. The bulk of the book contains an alphabetical Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Complete Language of Flowers is an encyclopedic manual of the traditional meaning for flowers and bouquet building in the traditional manner of the Victorians. Due out 4th Feb 2020 from Quarto on their Wellfleet imprint, it's 256 pages and will be available in paperback format. The book has a retro botanical print vibe and the introduction leads directly into a very short 'how to use this book'. The bulk of the book contains an alphabetical listing of the flowers and plants. Each listing contains a color illustration followed by some of the common names for each plant listed, symbolic meaning(s), possible powers, and folklore and facts. The listings are compact, there are 4-6 listings per page. The book includes a nice bibliography and two indices. One index includes the flowers listed with common names alphabetically, the other includes meanings, so if the reader wants to let the recipient down gently by declaring their platonic affection, it's easily looked up in the second index (Acacia, robinia, Austrian roses). This is an appealing and very pretty book for a somewhat niche audience. Four stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I've recently become fascinated with the historical symbolism of flowers and had started researching a compendium to add to my writer’s library. There are several on the market but THIS was definitely the right choice for my purposes. The negative reviews were what really sold me on this book over its competitors. These reviews were written by serious planters who had wanted a book to guide them on planting flowers in their gardens (something this book never purports to speak to). These gardener I've recently become fascinated with the historical symbolism of flowers and had started researching a compendium to add to my writer’s library. There are several on the market but THIS was definitely the right choice for my purposes. The negative reviews were what really sold me on this book over its competitors. These reviews were written by serious planters who had wanted a book to guide them on planting flowers in their gardens (something this book never purports to speak to). These gardeners were distressed that the book contains the lore of each flower, including which plants have traditionally been added to one’s garden to induce fairies to visit or which plant has been used in literature to treat a werewolf bite. Given that my only hope when it comes to flowers lies in the page rather than the garden, this is PRECISELY the sort of information I need! I couldn’t be happier with my selection. Arranged like an illustrated encyclopedia with an easy index in the back for popular names, this book will be a companion on my writing desk for any time flowers may appear in my work. The vintage illustrations are stunning, and I love that the author includes even the symbolism of flowers by color when relevant. My only complaint with this book is that I dearly wish it came in hardcover.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    This is a handy reference guide for flower. The illustrations are lovely and detailed. I enjoyed reading the book although more details for some of the plants would be helpful. The author has symbols by each plant based o note if it’s poisonous but for any plant with the skull and crossbones there are no details listed as to what parts of the plant is poisonous. Some of those plants are referred to as medicinal so to me I have to Oder is the symbol incorrectly used? Is it the seeds, roots I am u This is a handy reference guide for flower. The illustrations are lovely and detailed. I enjoyed reading the book although more details for some of the plants would be helpful. The author has symbols by each plant based o note if it’s poisonous but for any plant with the skull and crossbones there are no details listed as to what parts of the plant is poisonous. Some of those plants are referred to as medicinal so to me I have to Oder is the symbol incorrectly used? Is it the seeds, roots I am unsure so if I were interested in any particular plant further research would be needed because only a few sentences is used for each plant. I think it’s a lovely introduction but not a complete reference as the title implies. Overall once I moved past my initial disappointment at the lack of information I found it wonderful to just read and look at the illustrations. If you need a complete guide on the use of various flowers this book may not have enough information. However, if you want a brief overview of flowers this book has a large variety of plants within. I think this is going to really fall under how much information your looking for. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This book will be welcomed by those who love floraculture and gardening as well as those who just love looking at flowers and want to know more about them.  The informative, alphabetical listings include lovely illustrations and many facts. The author notes that during Victorian times, the flowers one received conveyed messages, even if sometimes these messages became confused.  We still tend to associate feelings with certain flowers; as the author mentions, red roses on Valentine's Day send a This book will be welcomed by those who love floraculture and gardening as well as those who just love looking at flowers and want to know more about them.  The informative, alphabetical listings include lovely illustrations and many facts. The author notes that during Victorian times, the flowers one received conveyed messages, even if sometimes these messages became confused.  We still tend to associate feelings with certain flowers; as the author mentions, red roses on Valentine's Day send a particular message.  Flowers and trees also indicated certain religious feelings or views.  So... a lot going on along with observing beauty. Using the book as a reference may take a little practice.  The flowers are listed by their scientific names but there is an index of common names at the back of the book to help. The information for each plant might include symbolic meanings, color meanings possible powers and folklore and fact.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this comprehensive title which appears to have been well researched.  All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    Upon opening The Complete Language of Flowers, I was surprised by the facts alongside each illustration. I understood that it would be an education on the facts of each plant. Whilst the name is in Latin, much of the information is folklore and it discusses the power of each. I thought this would be medicinal but it’s not - one states the cure of werewolves. The historical element is similar myth-based. The symbolism contradicts itself in several places making it’s back cover promise of “ to cre Upon opening The Complete Language of Flowers, I was surprised by the facts alongside each illustration. I understood that it would be an education on the facts of each plant. Whilst the name is in Latin, much of the information is folklore and it discusses the power of each. I thought this would be medicinal but it’s not - one states the cure of werewolves. The historical element is similar myth-based. The symbolism contradicts itself in several places making it’s back cover promise of “ to create a meaningful flower arrangement” difficult to live out. Similarly, one can’t use it as planting reference. If you are looking for a beautifully illustrated, mystical plant catalogue, this may be for you. It’s a two our of five on my enJOYment scale.

  17. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    First, this is not a gardening guide, and you won't get recipes for tinctures and such. This is more of a guide to mainly flowers, but also herbs, fruits, trees, etc., and their symbolic meanings, folklore, facts, and possible powers. Flowers and other plants have been used throughout history to convey different messages and symbolism, and it became extremely popular during the Victorian era to send bouquets to express feelings that couldn't be spoken aloud. This book lists over 1,000 flower spe First, this is not a gardening guide, and you won't get recipes for tinctures and such. This is more of a guide to mainly flowers, but also herbs, fruits, trees, etc., and their symbolic meanings, folklore, facts, and possible powers. Flowers and other plants have been used throughout history to convey different messages and symbolism, and it became extremely popular during the Victorian era to send bouquets to express feelings that couldn't be spoken aloud. This book lists over 1,000 flower species, with lovely illustrations for each entry, and an extensive bibliography and indexes at the end. It would make a good coffee table book, as it's a fun and interesting book to pick up and flip through, and very aesthetically pleasing to look at! #TheCompleteLanguageofFlowers #NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yunie

    I've always been interested in the subject of Floriography (the Language of Flowers). I found this book in one of my libraries online resources and borrowed it from there. The book is rather long and organized alphabetically. It's to the point and includes more than just your common flowers (roses, daisies, etc). Each entry includes the scientific name of the plant, other known names of the plant and the symbolic meaning of said plant. Majority of the entries will also include possible powers an I've always been interested in the subject of Floriography (the Language of Flowers). I found this book in one of my libraries online resources and borrowed it from there. The book is rather long and organized alphabetically. It's to the point and includes more than just your common flowers (roses, daisies, etc). Each entry includes the scientific name of the plant, other known names of the plant and the symbolic meaning of said plant. Majority of the entries will also include possible powers and/or folklore and facts. A handful of the entries will include further symbolic meaning for the color of the flower. The illustrations are wonderful as well. It's a great resource for inspiration and just interesting to read if you enjoy plants.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    An attractive reference book on the symbolism of flowering plants and their spiritual/shamanic/folkloric attributes. Organised alphabetically by botanical genus or species. For instance, the rose is listed as genus Rosa, where attributes are common to all in the genus, also as some of the species roses, such as Rosa x damascena. The writing lacks clarity in places, such that the meaning becomes lost. The information Dietz has pulled together from her research is interesting, but more detail woul An attractive reference book on the symbolism of flowering plants and their spiritual/shamanic/folkloric attributes. Organised alphabetically by botanical genus or species. For instance, the rose is listed as genus Rosa, where attributes are common to all in the genus, also as some of the species roses, such as Rosa x damascena. The writing lacks clarity in places, such that the meaning becomes lost. The information Dietz has pulled together from her research is interesting, but more detail would be welcome. My thanks to NetGalley and to publisher, Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press, for the ARC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leyla Johnson

    Listed in alphabetical order under scientific names, this book is filled with hundreds of flowers, and other floral matter (such as tree branches, seed pods, fruit etc). Each listing has the plants common names, a symbolic meaning of flower, specific colour meaning, possible power meaning such as love, jealousy, healing and finally a interesting mixture of facts and fiction that comes under " folklore". A fascinating book when you think that in times past this mode of sending messages was used e Listed in alphabetical order under scientific names, this book is filled with hundreds of flowers, and other floral matter (such as tree branches, seed pods, fruit etc). Each listing has the plants common names, a symbolic meaning of flower, specific colour meaning, possible power meaning such as love, jealousy, healing and finally a interesting mixture of facts and fiction that comes under " folklore". A fascinating book when you think that in times past this mode of sending messages was used extensively, even these days we associate red roses with love and so on. A big book with lots of information to dip into from time to time. Lovely illustration and interesting information.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Tongate, TLC Librarian

    A lovely gift purchase for all gardeners. The secret meanings of each flower were my favorite! An index of the symbolic flower meanings is included. A few symbolic meanings: Sweet pea: I'm thinking of you Vinca/Periwinkle: Sweet memories Lilac: Do you still love me? Reminder of young love Daffodil: Stay as sweet as you are; the sun when I'm with you. Stargazer: Regal beauty Jonquil: Desire, Longing, Return my affection. This was the favorite flower of England's Queen Anne, who loved jonquils so dearly A lovely gift purchase for all gardeners. The secret meanings of each flower were my favorite! An index of the symbolic flower meanings is included. A few symbolic meanings: Sweet pea: I'm thinking of you Vinca/Periwinkle: Sweet memories Lilac: Do you still love me? Reminder of young love Daffodil: Stay as sweet as you are; the sun when I'm with you. Stargazer: Regal beauty Jonquil: Desire, Longing, Return my affection. This was the favorite flower of England's Queen Anne, who loved jonquils so dearly that they inspired her to create Kensington Palace Garden, the first public botanical garden in England.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emilio

    A Thank You to @netgalley and the publisher ( Well Fleet Press) for this advanced copy of #the completelanguageofflowers by #stheresadietz In this guide to flowers and their many messages Dietz explores the history and meaning behind many flowers that we encounter daily. Be it that Valentine’s Day is around the corner perhaps you may want to express your thoughts to your crush by telling them with flowers how you feel. If not then buy the flowers yourself. Self care, baby! This book comes out Fe A Thank You to @netgalley and the publisher ( Well Fleet Press) for this advanced copy of #the completelanguageofflowers by #stheresadietz In this guide to flowers and their many messages Dietz explores the history and meaning behind many flowers that we encounter daily. Be it that Valentine’s Day is around the corner perhaps you may want to express your thoughts to your crush by telling them with flowers how you feel. If not then buy the flowers yourself. Self care, baby! This book comes out February 4th,2020.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Robbert

    I received this book from its publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review. The Complete Language of Flowers is a beautifully illustrated reference guide to a multitude of flowers. Listed A through Z, the information is setup in a very concise and aesthetically pleasing manner. Simplistic and easy to read, it was very nice to flip through this pretty little book. While it doesn’t go into deep details about the flowers it covers, it’s a sweet little reference book that would do well I received this book from its publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review. The Complete Language of Flowers is a beautifully illustrated reference guide to a multitude of flowers. Listed A through Z, the information is setup in a very concise and aesthetically pleasing manner. Simplistic and easy to read, it was very nice to flip through this pretty little book. While it doesn’t go into deep details about the flowers it covers, it’s a sweet little reference book that would do well as the centerpiece on the coffee table.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    The Complete Language of Flowers by S. Theresa Dietz is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Aww, it's like the most recent season finale of Netflix’s Anne with an E! Each flower & plant is captured really, super in-depth, and alphabetically by intent, meaning, size and angle of a blossom, profile illustration, powers, aliases (often differing greatly from its scientific name), and known folklore. The Complete Language of Flowers by S. Theresa Dietz is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Aww, it's like the most recent season finale of Netflix’s Anne with an E! Each flower & plant is captured really, super in-depth, and alphabetically by intent, meaning, size and angle of a blossom, profile illustration, powers, aliases (often differing greatly from its scientific name), and known folklore.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    My main quibble with this book is the illustrations: they're way too inconsistent. They include: photographs, black and white line drawings, watercolor-esque, and computer clipart. (And don't get me started on the fact that some entries don't have an illustration at all!) So yes, technically it's an "illustrated history," but the illustrations are underwhelming at best. I definitely wouldn't call this "definitive" either, but I did learn a few interesting things at least. My main quibble with this book is the illustrations: they're way too inconsistent. They include: photographs, black and white line drawings, watercolor-esque, and computer clipart. (And don't get me started on the fact that some entries don't have an illustration at all!) So yes, technically it's an "illustrated history," but the illustrations are underwhelming at best. I definitely wouldn't call this "definitive" either, but I did learn a few interesting things at least.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I loved this book! It's well organized and the pictures of the flowers are all very well drawn. The only drawback I had was that this book was very hard to read on my tablet because the font was small, so I'm not sure if that's just my tablet being wonky or if the font really is small in the printed edition. I loved this book! It's well organized and the pictures of the flowers are all very well drawn. The only drawback I had was that this book was very hard to read on my tablet because the font was small, so I'm not sure if that's just my tablet being wonky or if the font really is small in the printed edition.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    **Thank you Netgalley and publisher for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This book is so beautiful, I plan on using the information in my works because it is so helpful. The illustrations are simply gorgeous. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in flowers and their meanings.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    A beautifully illustrated plant directory with all sorts of interesting facts about flowers, including their symbolic meanings, various names, usages, whether or not they’re toxic to humans, their “possible powers” and folklore and facts surrounding each plant. Perfect for writers looking for symbolic plants, or just anyone who happens to be interested in plants.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    An informative, interesting and entertaining guide to the language of flowers. I liked the style of writing, how the book is organised and the illustrations. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Lauren

    As a flower lover, I am a little low hanging fruit. I enjoyed reading about the different species, a little history and some of the stories associated with each flower. It is an eloquent language, folklore and the illustrations are really beautiful.

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