Design: Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)

By |2020-08-06T15:49:20-08:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: Flower Design|Tags: , , , |

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is almost as ubiquitous as Creosote in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Their silvery leaves are instantly recognizable and, in the spring, fragrant golden yellow flowers emerge filling out the round, bushy plant. Encelia farinosa was an interesting flower design to [...]

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Design: Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii)

By |2020-08-06T15:49:22-08:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The third botanical illustration features Indigo Bush, Psorothamnus schottii. This design was tricky in terms of color. It's difficult to capture the blue-purple of the Indigo Bush flower. It's even more difficult to print the color in CMYK! And depending on the [...]

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) Details

By |2020-08-06T15:49:23-08:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , |

It's hard to see or describe what's going on inside an Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) flower. Probably because it's hidden inside the keel of the flower. But you'll definitely notice the bright orange anthers sticking out against the deep blue/purple of the petals. [...]

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Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

By |2019-07-19T09:41:54-08:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design|Tags: , , , , , |

The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch! Nemacladus rubescens There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium's description of [...]

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The Big Fagonia

By |2018-11-27T23:10:19-08:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A botanical geometry, by a maniacal geoffrey. Fagonia laevis (California fagonbush) has this awesome branching method with two leaves on the outside, followed inwardly by two sub-stalks, and then a bud/inflorescence/infructescence. Some of the pictures I've taken show two anthers out of eight [...]

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Köhler’s illustration of peppermint

By |2018-08-20T16:50:39-08:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Anatomy, Botanical Identification|Tags: , |

And, for good measure, here's the wiki page for peppermint! Very interesting stuff.  Peppermint's a hybrid, it's near impossible to pin down the exact nature of this voracious mint.  It's been used by everyone, everywhere, since antiquity.  And, most importantly, don't plant [...]

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