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A beautifully illustrated guide with more than 70 large colour photographs, including close-up photos and size guides, flowering season date strips, and a 'Dulux' colour chart index page to make species identification as straightforward as possible.
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As someone with many years experience of photographing wild flowers in Wales I was impressed by the high quality of the photographs... ...I particularly liked the anecdotes and comments relating to the medicinal uses of some of the plants.
(Jane Rees, writing in Natur Cymru)
A modestly priced celebration of wild orchids in Wales featuring numerous glossy photographs by the author showing these plants in all their glory. In her introduction, Sue Parker highlights the need to "...retain public commitment, and hence Government investment, to protect and manage the best of our orchid sites..." She puts her money where her mouth is with this book, which is designed to showcase these superstars of the floral world, and presumably to introduce more people to them. Opening this book at any page at random will show at least two admirable photos of wild orchids, mainly from Sue Parker's own collection. Even the less showy species, such as the Helleborines, are shown at their best. With only 67 smallish pages, there's loads of good stuff crammed into this super little book.
Sue Parker's passion for wild orchids dates back to her childhood in the Far East, where epiphytic orchids grew on the fence at the bottom of her garden, and the tropical countryside abounded with orchids as well as many other beautiful exotic flowers.
Born in Tenby in South Wales, after living in many other countries and travelling the world as an essential part of her job as director of a media marketing company, Sue now shares her time between her homes in Wales and in the Algarve as well as travelling, mainly in Europe, to see, photograph and learn more about wild terrestrial orchids.
To date Sue has written seven books about wildflowers, including three that are devoted to terrestrial orchids. Apart from Wild Orchids in the Algarve, Sue has also written Wild Orchids in the Algarve, and Wild Orchids in The Burren (the latter being co-authored with her husband Pat O'Reilly). She has also made radio and television programmes about orchids and continues to contribute articles to countryside magazines.