Both common and botanical names have changed a bit since 1895, but all these New England flowers, both wild and tame, are familiar. Most are illustrated by the author’s excellent line drawings—so good that our Fedco graphics department has pulled from the original edition for years. Readers like me will enjoy Mathew’s grousing about color descriptions: he reveres botanist Asa Gray but says he must be “at least partially color blind” and expresses horror at someone confusing scarlet with crimson.
Not particularly recommended as a guide for identifying flowers, but I am looking forward to going out with the book and trying to distinguish some of the 14 species of Goldenrod that Mathews covers. Ends with a huge 50-page index that charts name, family, color, location, environment, bloom time and page number. An absorbing and soothing book. -Susan Kiralis