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Wildflowers of Ireland: A Personal Record

By Zoë Devlin


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When Zoë Devlin was shown a wild orchid by a relative, the late Dr Kathleen Lynn, it sparked a lifelong interest in wildflowers. Here is Zoë's personal record of the wildflowers that adorn Ireland's countryside, presented so those without botanical knowledge can gain a greater understanding of the subject. Passionate about this often-overlooked part of our natural heritage, Zoë embellishes descriptions and photographs of the plants with herbal and literary references and related Irish folklore. She describes over 400 commonly found wildflowers as well as some not so common and even rare species. This book creates a new awareness and wider picture of the world of wildflowers in Ireland.

In presenting this book, Zoë Devlin says: 'Conservation of our wildflowers is of the utmost importance as they are now facing threats on several different sides', and she expresses a hope that 'through education and awareness of the diversity of our wildflowers, perhaps, just perhaps, the tide can be held back a little longer.'

Zoë Devlin on Yellow-rattle: ...I first recorded this species in 1976 at Rossadillisk, County Galway. The plants were flowering in a beautiful old meadow by the sea, jostling for space among a number of other wildflowers, all crowded together, their heads swaying and tossing in the breeze. The hidden Corncrakes were calling 'Crex Crex' and it seemed as if time had passed it by altogether. It was both a sight and a feeling I shall never forget ...

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  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2011
  • Dimensions: 277 x 219 mm
  • Number of pages: 432
  • ISBN: 9781848891265
  • Illustrations note: Maps, Colour photos,
Rich not only in lavish illustration and precise but accessible description but also in references to literature and folklore.
It makes an endlessly fascinating treasure trove of information. You never know what’s going to pop up next.
[Zoe’s] own exploration and learning have given her a special feel for how the flower-lover can become more confident and informed. But just to leaf through her book should be a pleasure for anyone.
A hefty, wonderfully illustrated tome that fittingly reflects both a great personal passion and an island rich in flora…Wildflowers of Ireland will inspire, intrigue and delight its readers.
Each page is lavishly illustrated, often with two or three superb colour images per spread. The writing is targeted at the general reader and is engaging and stimulating.
Beautifully presented personal record of her discoveries, photographed by herself…a marvellous aid to identity…an important addition to any school library.
The book is gaining a lot of interest from professional gardeners and amateurs alike and I recommend it to all who have an interest in flowers, the landscape, and our wonderful heritage.
There is no doubt that this is a comprehensive and interesting guide to the wild flowers of Ireland. I am certainly most impressed and have already looked up a dozen of my favourite plants – quite excellent descriptions and photographs with a lovely personal touch to writing. This is a book that will be in constant use – and a delight to dip into and enjoy.
This sumptuous production…seems both systematic and exhaustive…this magnificent catalogue is introduced by illustrated chapters on the history of wildflowers, their classification, habitats, identification and much else.
There’s a fair bouquet of flowers books, with an Irish twist thankfully, and Devlin’s is a personal, yet wholly knowledgeable, intervention and addition, hugely enhanced by her lucid and loving-lens photography.
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