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Ribes rubrum on a first summer day

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In my grand grandmother’s old cookbook there were few color illustrations I as a child looked again and again, sitting in the kitchen, watching my mother baking some pie or “potica”.The illustration I liked the most was the one with ribes, strawberry and pumpkin,admiring all these summer fruits while snow was falling outside and we were in the middle of winter, was a small promise summer will come again , with summer holidays and red currant in our garden.And they really always came,perhaps because I was looking at these pictures again and again, wishing summer to come.

When ribes in the corner of our garden starts to ripen ,when first small glass-like ribes marbles turn red, then the summer is here and it is time to look at old cookbook again, not for redcurrant illustration any more, but for the best jelly recipe ever.Early summers so always smell like redcurrant jelly and redcurrant pie at our home,and so is it this year, too.When I was searching  for the jelly recipe in this old cookbook  today,I’ve been grateful for these old illustrations, for who knows whether summer would come without  them……..

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Redcurrant
Cultivated redcurrant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. rubrum
Binomial name
Ribes rubrum
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from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redcurrant

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Bouquet with pink peony,remembering the summer to come

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Peony is a flower I connect with early summer since I remember.The first cherries,smell of   old peonies in the corner of the garden and evenings lightened by fireflies ,they all make me thrilled in waiting of a real summer,the one with hot weather and garden full of flowers  when I hide in the shade during noon ,sip lemonade and believe it will last forever……..

Long enough I’ve learned nothing lasts forever,but deep in me I believe there is at least a breeze of that vanishing eternity I can steal for a moment to be with me.And this is why I’ve made this bouquet with pink peony,to remember the summer going to come……….

Henry Fatin Latour: Vase de pivoines (1881) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_Fantin-Latour_-_Vase_de_Pivoines_(Vase_of_Peonies),_1881.jpg

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botanic garden garden volunteers Plants

Clivia miniata Regel,missing portrait and a garden volunteer

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One of the flowers capturing my attention in Florence Botanical Garden comes from far Africa.It’s hard to imagine African hill slopes covered with clivias in orange, yellow or red ,it must look like in Eden! The flower was sent to Europe around 1823 and become extremely popular in Victorian England homes and gardens.Many hybrids have been grown up to today,with colors from apricot , orange ,yellow, white and even dark red,the leaves broad or narrow or even in bi-color.Searching internet pages I found thousands of pretty pictures of the flower,but the one I was searching for was missing. Clivia bears her name in honor of  Lady Charlotte Florentine Clive, Duchess of Northumberland, an avid plant enthusiast,it was in her garden that Clivia blossomed for the first time in Europe.I was unable to find any picture of this English lady,so here is the picture of her husband,at least.

Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland KGPC (20 April 1785 – 11 February 1847),from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Percy,_3rd_Duke_of_Northumberland

Not finding anything more about the lady Charlotte Florentine Clive, Duchess of Northumberland (except the fact that she was appointed governess of Princess Victoria, the later Queen Victoria), I had to check who mister Regel was. I’ve found his picture immediately:

Eduard August von Regel (born August 13, 1815 in Gotha, died April 15, 1892 in St. Petersburg) ,from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduard_August_von_Regel

What a surprise!This guy was garden volunteer at the beginning of his career! Nevertheless, he later served as head of the Old Botanical Garden, Zürich and later as director of the Imperial Botanical Garden,St. Petersburg, Russia. He founded Russian Gardening Society and published 3101 articles in academic journals!

This findings made me less unhappy not finding lady’s portrait, especially as Clivia flower will  talk about this woman and botanist Regel forever ,leaving us in wonder whether the two of them would appreciate it…………….

Bush lily
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
clade: Angiosperms
clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Clivia
Species: C. miniata
Binomial name
Clivia miniata
Regelfrom:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clivia_miniata
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plants everywhere

Piazza without plants or how history and botany have met in stone

Talking about my botanical garden I try to present the abundance of flora variety all over different places be it my garden, botanical garden in my city or gardens in places I’ve visited.I’ve found plants in art , pictures,music or literature,they make me happy when made of glass or pictured on a porcelain piece, I’ve actually seen plants everywhere.But what would it look like without plants?  Thinking about a place without plants I recognized a place I not only have known for a long time but that has since forever  been  one of my favorite places.It actually is one of the most beautiful piazzas I’ve ever seen. Although very small it bears certain grandiousness in it .This may be due to its date of origin,it may be because so many centuries have passed since 16-th century when this piazza was built , that times passed since then left delicate imprint of far forgotten sorrows in the walls of the palaces surrounding the white stone pavement made of Istrian stone with some petrified plants and fishes as fossils giving the invisible pattern to the stone bricks shining after so many centuries as water surface mirroring the history of Adriatic coast.And the history is rich here ,indeed.After prehistoric settlements were abandoned the Romans build their villas here to trade with olive oil and vine not recognising when history turned in favour of Venetian republic when magnificent Praetor palace was built to host many praetors,captains and city municipality.Venetian dodges visiting their province took part of their siesta behind these white stone walls letting only the tiny sound of a letter falling trough the stone bocca to disturb them for a minute.Bell from the nearby church was loud as pigeons flew back to Piazza San Marco in Venice, leaving behind the magnificent Loggia Caffe where first coffee in this part of the world has been served far before Stendhal arrived to sip his coffee  in Loggia overarching the mirror of white stone plaza staying calm despite centuries passing by without any flowers to decorate the place.Tourists like to come here today,me among them,capturing the moment of petrified time and listening to the silence of history.Having my machiatto there last Saturday ,observing old inhabitants of the city smoothly crossing thee empty plaza to buy the first wild asparagus in the market behind the place, I’ve discovered that even here beauty of plants stands by my side,paradoxically, decorating this white emptiness of the white beauty of stone elements.I had only to rise up my eyes to recognize the plants carved in stone, talking without words about an old stoneccuter loving his garden enough to leave an imprint of flora known to him in decorations of pilasters, portals and windows.Turns out this entirely shiny emptiness of plaza actually does bear beauty of plants with it, to stand here against centuries ,bringing calm to visitors, in spite of tiny weeds trying to survive in this world dedicated to stone carvings as memories of words lost far before.

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The Praetor’s Palace in the central Koper Square (Slovenia)

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Caffe Loggia

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Plants

Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’- many names for colors of white

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Snowball bush-European snowball bush more precisely,is in full bloom now here in my garden.Its wonderful white pompom-like flowers are the last reminiscence of forgotten winter snows of white,but not at all for granted as the flowers at first appear in apple green color.Numerous pompoms turn into white color in next two weeks,when the bush is like one big snowball.White flowers turn to light old pink color, sometimes with patches of violet, brown color and this is the end of show as this species is sterile cultivar, born in 16-Th century in Europe and still today admired and used by florists and gardeners.The last 5 centuries of its continuous use trough Europe might be the reason for its many synonyms: Guelder Rose (first grown in Netherlands),Cramp Bark, Whitsun Rose, May Rose,Silver Bells, Kings Crown are actually all Viburnum opulus var sterile Roseum .

p.s.:

In case you love Viburnums, too, check my Viburnum painting here 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you at https://tamarajare.com/

Tamara

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botanic garden Plants

Dogtooth violet-Erythronium dens-canis

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drawing from:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18913/18913-h/18913-h.htm#Erythronium_Dens-canis

Today morning walk with our dog  was a canine one.Since I was a kid I kept wondering where the name for Dogtooth violet came, there is obviously nothing resembling dog on this tiny pale burgundy-violet  flower on elegant long stem with marbled brown-violet-light green leaves.Early flowers are hard to find , but when it gets warmer you won’t miss lila carpets in woods.I remember us kids picking them for small bouquets, carrying them proudly despite the dark violet pollen all ower our little arms.

The name cames from plants  cormous  rootstocks-they are white, oblong, looking like dogs tooth-perhaps the reason for the same name in all languages. Although they are not true violets but come from  Liliaceae species. Dogtooth violet is native to Europe, with mostly dark pink,pale violet flowers and occasional rare white ones.In America even yellow ones can be found.It grows in semi shadow of southern European woods, likes acid soil, propagates with bulbs and seeds which are spread with help of ants.

And a-propos my canine walk with our Charlie-the dog didn’t care for the dogtooth violet even a bit, what a shame….……

Erythronium dens-canis
Erythronium dens-canis (right)
and Anemone hepatica ( left)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Erythronium
Species: E. dens-canis
Binomial name
Erythronium dens-canis
L.

from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythronium_dens-canis