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Rooted in Design

Rooted in Design: Sprout Home's Guide to Creative Indoor PlantingTitle: Rooted in Design
Authors: Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give
Photographers: Ramsay de Give and Maria Lawson
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-697-3

“For anyone without a yard or other outdoor space, indoor plants are a way to stay connected to nature. And even if you do have access to public gardens and parks, living with indoor plants is a way to create a more calming and natural environment in your home,” Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give write in the introduction to their book, Rooted in Design: Sprout Home’s Guide to Creative Indoor Planting.

This two hundred and twenty-four page hardbound targets those interested in creating beautiful live plant arrangements using various mediums. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic, ending with resources, credits, acknowledgments, and an index. The photographs by de Give and Lawson range in size from one-sixth to full-page, full-color presentations and are sometimes fuzzy.

Plant lovers Heibel and de Give are dedicated to creative displays of plants. With their retail stores in Chicago and Brooklyn that specializes in contemporary garden design for outdoor and indoor space, the book is the next step in showing others how to show off plants.

Dividing the book into container sections, plants are discussed when using a wall, ledge, floor, hanging, table, kitchen, undercover, and rooted. Not only having photographs of the finished plant collection, there are also plenty of written paragraphs of how to select and care for the plants as well as what containers to use and the best location per the species.

Suggested creations include using clear wall vases for plant cuttings and multiple ledge containers with various plants to balancing a room’s zone, trying the free-form planting method of kokedama, selecting different container styles, growing medicinal and edible indoor gardens, choosing one of five types of terrariums, and factoring in light, water, and fertilizers.

The ending’s plant directory has small color photographs of each plant with its genetic and common name along with codes for lighting and watering requirements.  Topics of humidity, fertilizing, pruning, problems, and special care of specific projects as also presented with an interesting chart of plant types for humans.

This book would be a lovely gift for those who enjoy indoor plants and want to take the next level of artistic designs using them as the focal point in the home.

Doing monthly television segments for ABC Morning News, Heibel has appeared on other shows and writes a regular garden column. De Give has been on Martha Stewart’s radio show and featured in numerous publications.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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Weird & Wonderful Creations

Title: Weird & Wonderful Creations
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-73124-5

“God made everything. It is all good. He made the big, strong eagle and the squeaky, scary-looking bat!” announces Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Weird & Wonderful Creations.

Part of the Made by God series, this numbered one hundred and twenty-eight page over-sized square hardbound targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing about God’s creations. Containing no scary scenes except for those of spiders or snakes that may bother some children, its reading level is for developing readers. Due to complicated wording, it may be best read out loud to young children.

Combining four books into one, each flows into the next, ending with a list of other books in the series as well as those in a nature series. With small to large colored photographs by Shutterstock, bright sidebars of interesting tidbits overlap orange panels on the outer section of each page.

Covering four to five specimens over thirty pages each, the first section is on spiders, snakes, bees, and bats while the second division has big and little bugs. The third involves sea creatures while the last part is about poisonous, smelly, and amazing plants. A two-page index completes the book.

Giving God the glory for making all creatures, one can learn about spiders, which are not insects but animals called arachnids. With over three hundred thousand kinds, none can be found in Antarctica and they do not have antennae.

Check out the butterflies that fly up to two thousand miles to find a warm environmnet, often hanging upside down at night. With over eighteen thousand types, they live six to eight months in groups called flutters.

Do not forget to read about the sea turtles as there are seven kinds, living to eighty years or more. The male stays in water his entire life while a female lays fifty to one hundred eggs in the sand.

A unique plant is the poisonous fly agaric which is one of fourteen thousand species of mushrooms. Being red with white polka dots, it grows mainly in the northern half of the earth.

Learning about these animals, insects, and plants will perk interest in young ones that God has a creative sense of humor as He has made so many different things to observe. Touting over two hundred facts, this is a good source for a book report or an educational tool to understand God’s special creations.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

 

This review will be posted on Book Look Bloggers, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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Seeds – Time Capsules of Life

Seeds: Time Capsules of Life

Title: Seeds – Time Capsules of Life
Author: Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 978-1-6087-111-7

In the Bible it states in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that “He hath made every thing beautiful in His time.”  When one looks at Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy’s book, Seeds – Time Capsules of Life, one easily sees God’s hands in creating beautiful masterpieces even in a tiny plant seed.

With two hundred and sixty-four glossy pages, this ten by ten inch hardbound book has a close up photograph of a funky purple seed that looks more like an African dance costume on the front jacket.  The back jacket depicts a bright yellow pointed seed with four reviews.  Inside there is a preface by Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, explaining his love of nature’s seeds and the Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Project.  There is also a foreword by Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS about the conservation and protection of seeds.

The book is broken down into several chapters that include seed evolution, gymnosperms, flowers, angiosperms, dispersal by wind, water, self and animals, the Millennium Seed Bank, and the duplicated seeds in our visual man-made world.  It describes the sex of plants, germination, embryos, their different growth patterns and how they repopulate the earth seasonally and throughout many generations. With over twenty-four thousand species of seeds, the book skims the surface of this forgotten but ever-present and necessary for our own existence topic.

The photographs are more than merely stunning; they are fascinating beyond words.  Bright purples, cadmium yellows, or cobalt blues cover page after page, different textures from puzzle pieces to granular, soft or tubal designs and microscopic to actual flower or fruit photographs grace the glossy sheets.  Artistically arranged, one gets lost in the details of a bright lime green starwort against a black background with matching green writing or a hot pink wild leek at close range. Most of us have never contemplated the attributes, beauty, details or designs of a kernel, whether at its peak in life or past its prime to see and observe it carefully, intimately.

Even though some of the wording is small and visually contrasting to the black or bright background that makes it hard to read, the attractive colors entice the reader to want to walk outside immediately and view the seed-bearing flora close up and personal, captivating each minute detail missed so often.  One easily sees that even in our microscopic world, there has to be a Superior Being Who was amazingly original, artistic and imaginative to create such wonders and beauty in something as simple as a seed.

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