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I’m not entirely sure why, but flower books seem to lift the spirits almost as much as the flowers themselves. It might have something to do with how flower books allow us to cross so many thresholds:  what I mean is the blurring of boundaries between home and garden that happens on the pages and in our minds as we read and look at the photographs—for we are invited into the world of living a flower-inspired life no matter what our real circumstances are. So that even if we have no garden or cut flowers that particular day, we have the book itself to cheer us on.

Here are three recently published flower books that I have very much enjoyed poring over.  I hope you will too.

onthresholds_lilacsBotanical Style: Inspirational Decorating with Nature, Plants and Florals by Selina Lake

Stylist Selina Lake shows the various ways to use botanicals of all kinds to create beautiful interiors. As she puts it: “Botanical Style is not just about introducing plants into your home—it celebrates a whole host of patterns and designs inspired by all things botanical.”   The book is organized around five specific botanical styles, including vintage, Baha, industrial, tropical, and natural. Lovely photographs accompany the text, with tips sprinkled throughout for projects and small ways to create a botanical style of your own.

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Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chair

Floret Flower Farm is in the state of Washington, where Erin Benzakein, known for her natural style arrangements, grew up learning about gardening and flowers from her grandmother and where she continues to cultivate beauty and share her expertise. Her first book opens with a section on the basics of growing flowers and then unfolds seasonally with garden tasks, botanical information, and floral projects for each season. Written in a clear, concise how-to style alongside beautiful photographs, this is a practical, useful book with quite a bit of information and a lot of charm. I especially appreciated the “Vase Life Tricks” included in each flower’s section.

onthresholds_white azaleas and booksIn Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers by Ngoe Minh Ngo

This is a gorgeous coffee table book with a unique approach. Photographer Ngoe Minh Ngo explores the places where eleven artists (painters, sculptors, designers, writers, photographers) live among and create with flowers. Each section includes an introductory essay describing the artist’s journey into the world of flowers through their particular medium, followed by a photo-essay of their interior space, be it a workshop or home or some combination of the two.

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