Oct. 24th, 2016

lblanchard: (swannfountain)
[This is one in what has now become an almost-weekly 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 ]

Reginald Farrer, as I mentioned earlier, had an ambivalent relationship to gentians: loving some, loathing others, and a true evangelical about their proper care. Gentiana is a well-populated genus, and Rorer includes two among her mimpish squinnies: G. brevidens and this one, G. punctata.

Farrer devoted a full thirty pages (pp. 361-391, vol. 1) to gentians, plus other scattered references throughout The English Rock-Garden, along with numerous other references in his other works. All the choicest bits about their care show up in my G. brevidens post, link below, if you'd like to revisit them -- but here's a bit of overview after the cut tag, as well as links to my two earlier entries.


G. punctata, from Abigail Rorer's Mimpish Squinnies
Note the little froggy eyes -- this will be important later


click here for Farrerian prose )

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