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Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

Although a native plant, Rosebay willowherb, Chamaenerion angustifolium, was not well known before the twentieth century. John Gerard the famous sixteenth century herbalist and plantsman knew of it as a rare plant growing in rocky, shady places in the north of England. He obtained some seeds and grew it in his London garden where, although ornamental and… Continue reading Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

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Ribwort Plantain – Miggie Bruce

Ribwort Plantain- Plantago lanceolata  This common but elegant perennial plant is found in many locations in the United Kingdom. An ancient native; it has been found in soil samples dating back as far as prehistoric times. It is most often seen in agricultural land, verges, lawns or even pops up uninvited in your flower border.… Continue reading Ribwort Plantain – Miggie Bruce

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The Nettle – Lizzie Harper

“As a practising botanical illustrator (See my work on http://www.lizzieharper.co.uk) I get asked to paint a wide variety of plants, and frequently those considered as “weeds”, including the common stinging nettle.  I love the stinging nettle Urtica dioica, it’s frequently overlooked as a weed and blends into the background, unobserved.  Yes, it gives a nasty… Continue reading The Nettle – Lizzie Harper

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Thrift – Gaynor Dickeson

As you know, the correctly written scientific name for Thrift is Armeria maritima. It is always written in italics with the first part of the binomial name written with a capital letter – not the second. Amongst all the other preparations for the Botanical Art Worldwide – In Ruskin’s Footsteps exhibition in May 2018, I thought I… Continue reading Thrift – Gaynor Dickeson

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The Bee Orchid – Elaine Allison

This small flamboyant furry flower is found mostly on base rich soils.  I live in Cambridge and the surrounding countryside has areas of managed chalk land. These provide perfect habitats for this species and in the right soil type and with protection from aggressive grass species they will spring up even in urban situations.  Although,… Continue reading The Bee Orchid – Elaine Allison