by haikuhouse

Wildflower: the flower of a plant that normally grows in fields, forests, etc., without deliberate cultivation.


I love a real, beautifully illustrated book with words printed on a page and not a screen. Especially when we’re dealing with the subject of beauty in nature & the many different kinds of flowers.

What is it about the flowers beauty that allows us to contemplate delightful things?

They are more alive than most people are! They get plenty of sunshine and fresh air…A little rain here and there, that they appreciate without cursing.

Here are a few quotes I would like to share…Along with some book recommendations I know you’ll enjoy!


“Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.” John Ruskin

“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” Henry Ward Beecher

“The first wild-flower of the year is like land after sea.” Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” Auguste Rodin

“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.” Terri Guillemets

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden

One Hundred Flowers

The Medieval Flower Book

Instant Wall Art – Botanical Prints: 45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor

The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries

A-Z of Botanical Flowers in Watercolour

Stop & smell the roses today