I found this tiny book, published in 1957, at a South Island flea market on our holiday. The design and illustrations are really great- and there is a lot of practical information about different plants - I am excited to order some seeds and get some of them started in our garden.
Reading the preface made me smile, though.
"This book is intended to help the home gardener to choose seeds and plants for the beds and borders in his garden set aside for flowers. With due attention to the time of flowering, it should enable his wife to keep the bowls and vases in the house filled with cut flowers through most of the year. It will also help him and his family to identify the flowers seen in parks on their walks abroad."