It's been said that "flowers are love's truest language," but it's equally true, as another scribe wrote, that "if it were not for the sex life of plants, we would have no sex life of our own."


I recently wrote that gardening and murder mysteries are often entwined, but love and gardens go together just as well. Whether you read romance, women's fiction, or uncategorized fiction, it's not hard to find books abuzz with birds, bees, and flowers.


Flowers have been linked to the language of love by poets, playwrights, and authors since ancient times. What could be more romantic than Tennyson's invitation to a garden tryst?



Come into the garden, Maud,
For the black bat, night, has flown
Come into the garden, Maud,
I am here at the gate alone:
And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad,
And the musk of the rose is blown.

For a breeze of morning moves,
And the planet of Love is on high,
Beginning to faint in the light that she loves
On a bed of daffodil sky.


As the weather cools and gardens begin to go dormant in many regions, it's a great time read about gardens in books. Here are some I think you'll enjoy!


In the Garden Boxed Set


Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire




Flowers on Main


It Happened One Night



The French Gardener



Garden Spells







by tonyak11 on ‎11-08-2009 09:07 AM

BECKE!! Thank you sooo much for this blog today. My newest work in progress has a florist as the back setting. A friend of mine owns a florsit and I have used her a ton for research. I am going to get some of your recommended books. Thanks!!!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-08-2009 11:05 AM

Tonya - I'm excited to read your book as soon as it comes out, which I'm sure will happen before long!


I've read so many books centered around a garden center, flower shop and the like but I'm having a hard time thinking of them all. If you've read any good ones, I'd love to hear about them!

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