Recently, a friend of mine, recommended a book to me. As you can see, it is entitled Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, written by Lawrence Newcomb.
I would strongly urge you to get a copy as it is the most awesome book for identifying wildflowers that I have ever come across. When Marshall recommended it to me, he said, "JP, it's so easy that even a moron could use it." So, I ordered it via Amazon and took delivery a few days later. I was excited because, after all,now I would be able to identify all those wild flowers that are in the woods up in back of the barn. In the spring, I have the most beautiful red flowers growing in the densest part of the woods! Plus, I'm trying to plant Virginia native plants on our property because some have become a rarity.
Anyway, back to the book. As I began to attempt the identification process, I also began to seriously doubt the intelligence that I thought I had been blessed with. Yikes! I was a moron! I could not, for the life of my figure out the logistics that were supposed to be so simple in using this guide.
So, tail between my legs, the next time I saw Marshall at the Y, I approached him reluctantly. "I got the book yesterday", I said. He smiled and when he looked into my eyes, I guess he saw the pain and anguish...perhaps the moronic side of me, I don't know. He asked, "what's the matter?" I responded, "I can't figure it out." He laughed, then said, "did you read the directions?" "For crying out loud, " I said, "it's a BOOK not a thing with moving parts."
He laughed and once again, gave me a sympathetic look and suggested I go home and read the introduction...it explains how to use the guide! So, when I got home, I picked up the "book". Sure enough...the introduction is twenty two pages long (if I remember my Roman numerals correctly) and very helpful. Now that I have the intro under my belt, the rest of the book makes perfect sense and with it's steps, helps you identify all kinds of plants.