Check out Amy’s Weeds review



It's in today's Washington Post and I'm showing you what the print version looks like because it's so gorgeous.  Kudos to WaPo's Carrie Lyle for her illustration.

Btw, if you don't recognize the word "florilegium", I didn't, either.  The best definition I've found is "a lavishly illustrated book on flowers."


  1. Sounds like a book I would like to read, since (cooked) pigweed is on the brain…

    The illustrations are gorgeous and in fact far nicer than the book cover!

  2. Well written and interesting. I’d like to read the book, *Weeds*, and will add it to my pile of books waiting to be perused. Good job, Amy. Where did you find the word “florilegium”?

  3. Cool, thanks for posting the print version–I hadn’t seen it. (Not a single place in Humboldt to pick up a WaPo, sadly.

    Florilegium–I found that word in my brain, with the rest of the words! Funny thing–they made me define “herbal” (as in, a medieval herbal) but not “florilegium.”

  4. (although the slightly less flip answer is–if you’re into botanical books at all, you’ll see the term all the time–you can even find a modern florilegium underway at botanical gardens around the country now–it’s the kind of project botanical artists love to take up. Prince Charles had a very nice one done that is worth searching for.)

  5. Weeds are demon’s that travel by boat, tread, or air. So hard to pull out of the ground. Extremely hard to kill. Break off the top of a plant you really like and it dies.

  6. Actually, as a former member of a medievalist group, I learned about florilegia not long out of college. I had already been captured by Books of Hours, and the illuminations therein; thus it was a short journey to illuminated books of botanical wonder.

    Sadly, while there were illuminated herbals, florilegia or not, covering poisonous and medical plants, I don’t believe anyone ever did one for insects, save the decorative sort. Looking forward to Wicked Bugs!

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