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Get your lesson on daffodils

Before the first daffodils poke through the soil, you can immerse yourself in their beauty through Noel Kingsbury's book "Daffodil."

The book, richly illustrated by the photographs of Jo Whitworth, is a thorough treatment of the reliable spring flower. Kingsbury delves into its history and the origins of its name, explores the flower's symbolism and explains its life cycle.

Included are profiles of major daffodil breeders and conservers, along with a look at some important sites where daffodils grow.

And, of course, there's guidance on growing the hardy plants in your own garden.

"Daffodil" is published by Timber Press and sells for $27.50 in hardcover.