Jul. 11th, 2016

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[This is an occasional series of postings inspired by Abigail Rorer, Mimpish Squinnies: Reginald Farrer's Short Guide to Worthless Plants. Rorer's book includes prints of fourteen plants Farrer considered worthless-- an interesting hybrid of botanically accurate and...different. You can see her work, including all fourteen mimpish squinnies, here: http://www.theloneoakpress.com/prints/newer.html ]

YAY! It's home -- my beautiful Cypripedium tibeticum -- all professionally framed and stuff. It will live on the mantel (as it is here).



This is the one that got me going when I saw it in the exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania library. Farrer describes the actual plant as "a small squat thing, rather like a malignant Tibetan toad in appearance." Rorer has riffed on that exquisitely.

In other mimpery, one of my Leontopodium alpinum, aka edelweiss, appears to be putting up a flower stalk. This isn't supposed to happen. They're perennials that bloom the second year. But I'll take it, especially since it may allow me to post about the plant straggling upwards to the limited sunshine and putting up one squinny star, just as Reginald Farrer would.

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