Ellis, E.T. The Garden for Expert and Amateur. London: Daily Express Publications, 1930.
Found in a used bookstall in Lewes, this is the kind of contemporary encyclopedic guide to gardening available to Leonard Woolf in the 1930’s.
On-line searching located this Victorian volume which is full of bits of lore and stories associated with various flowers.
Rendall, Vernon. Wild Flowers in Literature. London: The Scholartis Press, 1934.This is the most comprehensive collation of flowers references in British literature that I have found. Interestingly, the author was on the periphery of Woolf’s circle; he edited The Athenaeum from 1900-1916 (John Middleton Murray took over in 1919), and became editor of the English Review from 1926-30.
Robinson, William. The English Flower Garden. 15th ed, 1933; rpt and rev 1984. A Ngaere Mccray Book, Sagapress, Inc: Sagaponack, New York, 1984.
A friend of Violet Dickinson, this father of the “wild garden” movement in England which produced the still-popular vogue for “cottage gardens”, was a mentor to Gertrude Jekyll as well as Dickinson. This is an encyclopedic compilation of his plant lore and gardening advice. The young Virginia Stephen met Robinson in January of 1905 at Dickinson’s London home (PA 229). A few days later, she met Violet at Robinson’s “enormous fire proof block of buildings” in Lincoln Inn Fields to purchase an iron fire grate (231). While she notes that Robinson edited several garden papers, there is no evidence that she read any of them.