Cottage Garden Plants, 1580-1660: Volume 3 Medicinal and Decorative Plants
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Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.
These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.
- modern plant names
- period plant names
- period descriptions
- period illustrations
- propagation and cultivation information from period sources
- evidence of frequency of use and in which social strata
Includes medicinal plants such as peony, wormwood, rhubarb, fumentory, and rue; and decorative plants such as daffodils, hollyhocks, pansies, priimroses, and gillyflowers.
Staplebound pamphlet. 61 pages.