We appreciate our gardens for their beauty and natural vigor, even as we know, deep down, that each plant is a wonder of science. Well, perhaps that thought hasn’t entered your thoughts, recently, but it’s still true.
Of the c. 70 species of poppy within the genus Papaver (Papaveraceae), two have been responsible for two very different, but equally influential, tasks during the past century. They are P. rhoeas L. (common poppy, corn poppy, field poppy) and P. somniferum L. (opium poppy, or literally ‘sleep-inducing’ poppy). They have a rich history of economic, medical and scientific importance, peppered with sad irony.
When I first got to know him, Yorkshireman Bill Tear had already been growing tulips for 50 years. We met when he was preparing for a spring show at the Royal Horticultural Society's halls in Vincent Square, London.
Hazel West-Sherring, award-winning botanical watercolour artist, specialises in classic paintings of English garden plants, fruits and flowers. Her original illustrations show keen understanding of botany, design and composition, shared enthusiastically on her art workshops, courses and classes. This page shows an sample of Hazel's Auricula Collection.
Border Auricula also known as Primrose Auricula. April and May! Showtime for the Border Auricula’s here in our Cheshire garden, they also performed pretty well in Aberdeen The Auricula above (Curry blend) is one of my favourites.
'There is no flower so immediately irresistible as the Auricula... for the perfection of the stage Auricula is that of most exquisite Meissen porcelain, or the most lovely silk stuffs of Isfahan...and yet it is a living and growing thing...'...
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