Hot off the presses, here is the latest Field Guide:
This one deals with the differences between Dog rose, Field rose, Sweet Briar, and Burnet rose, with Rosa Rugosa thrown in for free - to anyone interested in gardening, that last one is dead easy to identify, as it is a very popular garden plant: but it is escaping into the wild more frequently, so there is a chance that budding botanists might encounter it in hedgerows and get confused.
As always, these Field Guides are not intended to replace "proper" botany books, but are meant to focus on one group of plants at a time, summarising the differences between members of the group in an easy-to-read, easy to carry around format. I strive to simplify, without dumbing down: you will find proper botanical terms in these books, but they will be explained clearly.
They started out as memory aids for myself, but were quickly adopted by anyone who saw them (I was forever having them "borrowed" and having to chase after people to get them back before they went home with them!) so it seemed sensible to get them all into a format where the general public could benefit from the information.
So how do you get it? Go to Amazon, go to the Kindle Store, and type "Rachel the Gardener" into the search box. That will give you the whole list of all the books I have published to date.
Or, follow this link direct to the Field Guide for Wild Roses.
Then, if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, you can download it for free: and don't worry if you don't have a Kindle, you can download it to any ebook reader or tablet, and you can even download it straight to your pc or laptop: Amazon kindly provide a free "app" (or "programme" as we grown-ups call them) allowing this.
And if you don't have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, wait until next weekend, 10th/11th October, when I have made them free to download for everyone.
Then you can rush out into the countryside and start looking for wild roses to identify!
Let me know what you think of it, and if you like it, do please leave a Review on Amazon, as user reviews are really helpful for people who think it might be yet another dry, dusty old botany book, not realising how helpful and interesting it is (she said, modestly!).