Searching for Christmas gift with a story I found this luxury vintage rose soap forgotten somewhere on the attic at time of sweet sixties.Thrilled with this found I’ve opened it:s decorative package and sweet smell of a red rose brought memories.Winter ,dropping first snow to gently cower the roses in the garden, calling Christmas time to come,stayed at the other side of my windows.Slowly unwrapping deep red fabric I’we felt like a child getting the most wished gift.The smell of a summer filled with red roses scent embraced me wondering who would be the one to get this.precious gift.Shall I blame myself for such a strong wish to keep this old luxury piece of forgotten summers? I wrapped the soap back in it’s time box, put it on a high shelf, pretending no one would care for a piece of old junk………..
Brussels has got two botanical gardens,a new one in the outskirts of the town and the old one,remaining the silent witness of the times passed far ago. Locked in the city center, with metal statues in green defending the paths between trees, planted by a plan of forgotten past. Only broad shallow escalier descending from historical glass house with orangery ties that forgotten times with buzz in glass cubes surrounding the park and letting their accountants drop out for a lunch break in the shadows of forgotten park .The glasshouse has become a french cultural centre in between ,offering many concerts and music festivals and some photographic exhibits.
I just like this photo of me taking photo of botanical garden, shadows are like laces as a graphic contrast to colourfull picture of reality behind the scene. This duality has sense depiciting botanical garden which is no.more real.botanical garden, but where the old trees remain as a shadow of old times like this picture remains my souvenir from Brussels, asking me what is real and what just a picture……..
Tonight St Nicholas is bringing gifts to kids.The brave ones will get their plates filled with sweets and little gifts, the naughty ones are getting only a piece of charcoal, but all of them will get at least one Krampus, just for instance …….
I found this Krampus troop in Salzburg (I swear they are not from my plate 😉 ), and as they are so “botanical” they deserve to be published, don’t you think so?
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew opened a new gallery in 2008 to display works of botanical illustration alongside pieces from the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery was the first public gallery in the world dedicated to showing botanical art. Kew’s archives contain 200,000 works of botanical art, including pieces by 18th and 19th century masters, along with works by contemporary artists.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney formed a Florilegium Society to create a collection of paintings of the significant plants growing in the estates of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.
- The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne created in 2001 a Florilegium of significant plants growing in the Gardens. This 21st century florilegium is held digitally and photographically, the original works are not kept. 
- The Sheffield Botanical Gardens established a Florilegium Society which aims to produce an archive of botanical illustrations of the plants of Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
The Roseberry Strawberry; Joseph Sabine, p. 381, 23.1 x 18.3 cm, “Account and Description (with a figure) of a new Strawberry called the Raspberry, or Rose Strawberry”; September 2, 1817