The Woman's Day Book of House Plants, written by Jean Hersey, with illustrations by Harry Marinsky. I found this book in a thrift store:
And then I just thought it was kind of neat when I found this advertisement in one of my old Woman's Day magazines:
It is really quite the nice little volume, filled throughout with page after page of Mr. Marinsky's lovely illustrations. Of geraniums, for example:
For some reason, I can't hear the word begonia without thinking of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and the line: "Does the Name Ruby Begonia ring a bell?". I think it was Johnny Brown who said it? Not sure. But I digress.
I also found these lovely leaves at a thrift store. I'm not usually a big fan of fake plants, but these were simply too pretty to pass up! (Which type of leaves are these supposed to be? Are they begonias or coleus?) Edited to add: Tina told me they are caladiums. Thanks, T.!
Only two examples of the coleus inside:
Oh, and that reminds me of all of the gorgeous coleus we saw at the California State Fair last summer:
I seem to have gone off the subject again. Suffice it to say that this little book truly is "a beautiful and unique guide to indoor gardening in full color", "from African Violet to Zebrina Pendula", just as it says on the back!
I do not have a green thumb at all, but I think I could learn quite a lot from this little book.