We started the second day of Spring with snow and, quite frankly, a shitty attitude.
|Did you know snow in Farsi is pronounced barf?|
Small bird dive bombs a cardinal. Chutzpah? Small brain? Territorial dispute?
Testy because it's snowing?
No lack of drama at our backyard feeders.
But not for long. Several hours later, sun! Blue sky! Melting snow!
Indoors the hyacinth is in glorious bloom. Life and light have returned. All is well.
Do you think the fragrance of hyacinth is overwhelming? I do but in a deliriously happy, vernal equinox way.
Another happy attitude boost, the arrival of the recently published The Botanical Treasury. Curated by Christopher Mills, Head of Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
For the record, I purchased my copy from University of Chicago Press (link does NOT generate any revenue for me but please go purchase it anyway, it is that great).
This beautiful box holds a paperbound book and 40 gorgeous prints.
The book's cover proclaims, a celebration of "...40 of the World's Most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and Manuscripts" and it does not disappoint. Beautifully written histories of fabled plants with exquisite illustrations, letters, and notes drawn from Kew's archives.
The book is a treasure for gardeners, certainly. The 40 prints are a gold mine, for all.
A charming detail of the Ginkgo Biloba print.
Which brings us to Part 3 of this post.
I'm not proud of it, and it is no secret that I have in the past dismembered a book or two in search of the right print. Prints.
My husband picked up this volume of Japanese haiku at a library de-accession event, for free.
I carefully took it apart and framed two of them. They are more vivid in real life.
OK, I admit, despite the two missing pages, A Chorus of Birds is a darn nice little book. Especially as I am more than enamored of Japanese art and how sweet of my husband to think of me.
But let's be serious. If this book sits on the shelf for the next 15 years, how many times will I open it?
Two? Three times, maybe?
Isn't it put to better use as wall decor? Where it can be seen and enjoyed?
Still think I'm a book disfiguring Philistine?
How about these six little Redoute botanicals?
Rather than savaging a volume, I like to think I gave a used $4.95 Thriftbooks find another life. And I gave my local framer some business. And dressed a naked wall.
I don't have a problem taking apart a book that has no value. In fact, I recommend it as an excellent value when looking for similar size prints.
Some of us think savaging a book, regardless that it has no real value, is blasphemy.
I think some of us should get over it.
With great thanks to Kew, I will keep my copy of The Botanical Treasury intact and frame any or all of the 40 prints.
And I'm dying to know if you love or detest the fragrance of hyacinth!
Thanks for reading,