Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
From Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l’Europe (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe) vol. 3, by Charles Lemaire, Michael Scheidweiler, and Louis van Houtte, Ghent, 1847.
“Star of India” Clematis
The clematis flowers are members of the Ranunculaceae family, which also includes the buttercups and the Acontium (wolfsbane or monk’s bane) genus. There are hundreds of species, and over a thousand cultivars of Clematus spp.
Found in European gardens (by way of the Japanese) by the 18th century, and in the United States since the mid-19th century, clematis flowers are hardy and perennial, but solely ornamental. Despite having a “pepper-like” taste, the seeds, sap, and everything else from the plant, is highly toxic, causing intense abdominal pain and intestinal bleeding when consumed.
The Floral World and Garden Guide. Edited by Shirley Hibbard, Esq., 1871.
Lilac taken from
Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe
Louis van Houtte (1810–1876)
Scan of original book from Botanicus
Papaver Rhoeas (1824) by John Curtis.
Royal Horticultural Society/Lindley Library.
from The Orchid Album, comprising coloured figures and descriptions of new, rare and beautiful Orchidaceous plants, Vol.9, 1897, by B.S. Williams
illustration by John Nugent Finch
Watercolour studies of Tulips taken from Karlsruher Tulpenbuch (1730).
Study of Peonies by Martin Schongauer (circa 1472).
Watercolour and body colour
Mountain Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium montanum