Garden of earthly delights | by Jodi DeLong
Spicy tales from the world of plants
Those of us who are happily besotted with plants know that we have what amounts to a love affair with them.
We nurture them, talk to them, get annoyed with them, and are enraptured when they bloom with the perfect flower or produce the most exquisite tomato. So it’s not too surprising to us that prolific gardening author Sonia Day would subtitle her new book The Untamed Garden: A Revealing Look at Our Love Affair With Plants.
Day begins this charming book of botanical tales with a story about her father’s love affair with a night-blooming cereus, an exotic and beautiful plant that flowers once a year for only a few short hours in a night. Tom Day’s plant bloomed for the first time when Sonia was about 19, and she remembers the details as clearly as when they happened many years ago. She writes in her introductory chapter, “Plants and flowers aren’t simply pretty things to look at. They also have the ability to arouse our senses. They can be incredibly exciting — and erotic.” [...more]
Book review: The Untamed Garden
By Signe Langford
It’s time we had a little talk. You know, the one about the birds and the bees and well, oh gosh, this is awkward—all that sex going on in your garden! Award-winning gardening writer Sonia Day, gets down and quite dirty in this, her seventh book. We don’t want to give it all away—after all, this pretty little book deserves to find its way under many a tree this Christmas—but we will say this much; Day’s life long love affair with plants started when she was 19, witnessing her father’s passion for the elusive, seductive, night-blooming cereus flower. Fast forward to present day Toronto when a rather cheeky squash, endowed with sexy curves, re-ignites Day’s fascination with what goes on between two consenting flowers.
Toronto Star | December 2, 2011
by Mark Cullen, Special to the Star
Cullen: Grow your gardening book collection
Love and Sex
Might as well start with the newest and possibly the most controversial: The Untamed Garden, A Revealing Look at Our Love Affair with Plants. The table of contents provides you with all of the information that you really need to know when deciding whether or not this one is for you or a friend. This book is about love, sex and the garden.
Now I have always supported the notion that there is far more sex going on in the garden on a warm summer night than any novelist can conjure up. Bees, moths and other night insects visit flowers and exchange pollen for nectar on a massive scale while we snooze. We just choose not to think about all of this buzzing and vibrating for what it really is. The Star’s own Sonia Day has fixed that.
She takes us on a thematic journey that loosely follows the arch of a love affair. Chapters start with Innocence, through such stages as Flirtation, Seduction, Lust, Deception and Rapture. Read more…