In Hortus at Amsterdam: the South African plant house


dandelion and acanthus


Dandelion flowers have been brought out by the sun over the Easter holiday, and are feeding bees. I’m enjoying them.


Acanthus is the usual classical ornamental leaf of choice. It’s given a capital position – just look at Sicilian Greek / Byzantine cloisters.


This notice in a Sicilian National Park says Acanthus is celebrated as a Christian emblem of resurrection and is a symbol of fertility because it grows wild, rather than being cultivated. It’s tempting to draw because of its symmetry, deep notches, and clear veins.

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Dandelions also grow wild and have deeply indented and curious leaves. I’m making space for them in my yard.



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