You know that their light will be on late into the night, just finishing that one chapter…that leads to the next…and the next. Bookworms are a rare breed and this August 9th, we get to celebrate them with National Book Lover’s Day. Whether they enjoy reading Flowers for Algernon or The Perks of Being A Wallflower, a bouquet full of bookish blooms are a great way to join in the celebration. Consider one of these flowers for your next floral and literary foray.
The Black Dahlia
This crime-solving thriller, based on a real-life unsolved mystery, had readers of James Ellroy’s page-turner wondering who-done-it. While your lovely bookworm may have been left guessing, the beguiling blooms of the black dahlia will be the real surprise. These large and luscious blooms can reach almost 6 inches across and come in a burgundy so deep it appears black. Don’t even think about distracting your reader with greens or other flowers; they are stunning on their own. Forgo the bouquet and place just one of these blooms in a small, glass vase with an unsigned note. It’s always a good idea to build a bit of suspense.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
This dainty flower (Anagallis arvensis) is the emblem of the hero with a secret identity in Baroness Orczy’s classic novel. Small, red and low to the ground, this flower doesn’t hold up well in a bouquet, but there are several spectacular substitutes for a well-read bouquet. Red anemones or bouvardia will last longer, without giving away the plot.
Flowers in Your Inbox!
Perhaps the best book ever written about the long, lazy days of a boyhood summer, this Ray Bradbury classic does not translate well at your local florist. A a bouquet of dandelions will most likely not win the heart of your book lover, but some bright yellow gerber daisies are a classy substitute. Long green stems topped with the bright and beautiful golden petals of this summer stunner will buy you binary points in the game of “he loves me, he loves me not…..”
The Name of the Rose
The twisting plot of this philosophical mystery by Umberto Eco has readers winding their way through the hallways and terraces of a Franciscan abbey. The plot unfolds slowly and with the complexity of a well formed rose. Mentioned in literature from Shakespeare to a trashy romance novel, the rose is an iconic flower to poets and paupers both, and will add a lyrical touch to any bouquet you create. Consider choosing a cultivar with undertones of this clergical thriller with names like “Ave Maria,” “St. Cecilia,” or “Brother Cadfael.” Remember, a rose by any other name….