Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Explore Flora’s world

Victorian intrigue

Check out a fascinating new blog for fans of Victoriana called
The Lost Orchid. Launched on the first of November, it invites readers to jump right into the Victorian world of the late 1880s.

The book is a Gothic-inspired tale of intrigue and adventure set in 1885, when orchid mania was its peak.

Affluent members of society would bid feverishly for the latest exotic blooms, plucked from the remotest parts of the empire by intrepid, and often ruthless, plant hunters.

Browse the blog to find out more about:

* the secret life of plant hunters
* the characters in the book
* real-life settings
* the true story of orchid mania
* the book – read an extract
* the plight of ‘fallen women’
* events of 1885
* true stories of ‘lost orchids’
* the author
* the Great Game
* mad botany other horticultural crazes, and two further adventures featuring Flora and co.

Just click on the series of thumbnail images that you'll find to the left of the home page. Each one whizzes you to a series of articles, some still in an embryonic state as yet, so you can immerse yourself in Flora’s world.