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on March 28, 2012
Sonia Day's 'The Untamed Garden' is a romp in a different kind of bed - a flowerbed. It is packed with research and fun flower facts relating to the impact flowers have on our sex lives and the coincidence that flower parts look like sexual organs (or 'naughty bits' as Sonia calls them.)

From the 'lewdness of lilies' to 'exhibitionist peonies' Day covers the spectrum of floral carnal knowledge. This book is not strictly for gardeners although many will wish they did garden just so they could get some of the insider jokes. Fall crocus akin to 'naked nannies'? Non-gardeners will have to grow them and find out.

This book takes a different approach from Sonia Day's Incredible Edibles (2009) and will find an enthusiastic audience. I see a big sales opportunity at florist shops where husbands can pick up a dozen roses and a copy of the Untamed Gardener to go.

Day's Toronto Star writer's persona shines through. She has written a book for women looking for flower filler folklore to share at fundraisers or laughs at ladies lunches. Just don't get me started on how the common prairie practice of planting peonies at the front door is anything other than good colour design. Day would have us believe the Chinese suggestion that peonies planted at the front of a house will 'attract a new lustful lover into your life.' Better not tell the mailman!

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on February 17, 2012
I have to admit, the cover of this book caught my eye first off, with it's paperbag little cover, and then underneath that, the hardcover itself is a profusion of petals...then when I leafed through it, I thought it would be an interesting read. At the very least! Sonia Day writes about such favourites as roses and peonies, providing very interesting history on each and then adds her own touch of whimsy into the mix. I have just started reading, but am loving this book. Now when I am wandering through my garden, I will appreciate each flower a little more, for their beauty of course, and their history...
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on December 28, 2012
The world of flowers is a fascinating place and Ms. Day reminds us of one aspect we tend to disregard even if it's omnipresent. Take the beefsteak tomatoes and cabbages out and listen to the story of love, explicit display and even deceit. Ms. Day shows us facets of favorites such as roses, peonies, tulips and orchids but also those that makes us weary such as mandrakes or that we find downright dangerous such as the Venus fly trap. All of these are explored throught their sexuality and their history and the reader will end up looking at these flowers and appreciate them on a completely different level then previously - I know I will.

The book itself is beautiful - from the cover to the pages full of colors and drawings. It is a fast read that any gardener will appreciate not for the usual how-to but for the histories provided. It definitely brings an important layer of knowledge. What took a star out : Some history related in this book deviates a bit from what I read elsewhere so who's right? But it was only on one occasion so it is minor. Althought I generally appreciate little separate sections in books, the "Love Potion" sections in this book were blah. They are about old recipes and old beliefs that hopefully nobody modern will ever try, but they weren't all that interesting.
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