There was a good selection of Ladybirds in the shop - a pound each and all a little worn and well-loved. I chose these two because plants are my thing and I was taken by the illustrations. The Garden Flowers book was first published in 1960.
The bright, vibrant paintings by John Leigh-Pemberton aren't set in your typical garden....
British Wild Flowers was illustrated by Rowland and Edith Hilder and each plant has a short, clear description. I've got plans for this little book.
This one is coming with us on our next walk. I was fired up with enthusiasm by one of Liz's recent posts about going foraging with Ruby. So I'm hoping a wildflower hunt (with a pinch of healthy competition) might help the kids take in what's always there, all around them.... as well as holding off the whinging so the walk lasts a little longer.
Liz is away having fun in the sun, so Magpie Monday is over at Lucy's fabulous blog, Lulastic this week.