I am admiring the vase of pretty purple chive flowers here on my table, and feeling inspired by the botanical illustrations of Swedish botanist Carl Lindman (1856-1928). There is so much to learn from artists like him.
Chives are widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. A. schoenoprasum is the only species of Allium native to both the New and the Old Worlds. As well as producing edible flowers, leaves and bulbs, chives have pest-repelling properties that make them a great companion plant for most other vegetables and herbs. The plant also provides a great deal of nectar for pollinators. Gotta love ’em!
Our writer-naturalist-historian-artist-musician friend Suzanne just gave a presentation on the “ghost railway” of Malibu. This vase of flowers was on the coffee table in front of me at the event venue; I knew S. wouldn’t mind if I sketched it for her while listening to her excellent talk.
Fuchsia is such a weird word. Even though I am good at spelling, I keep thinking it should be ‘fuschia’. In fact, knowing that I find the word tricky, I looked it up before doing this lettering and STILL spelled it wrong. I had to move the letters around in Photoshop to correct it. Doh!
I used to think Tagetes lemmoniiwas so-called because it smells citrusy. But it’s actually named after John Gill Lemmon (1832-1908), who, with his wife Sara Allen Plummer Lemmon (1836-1923), collected plants throughout the American West.
Since first discovering it decades ago at Huntington Gardens, I’ve planted it at every place I’ve lived.