A second catch up week in 100 days

I’ve been struggling with flu and the school holidays, so some of these aren’t my favourites. I feel clumsier and usual and less attentive in my drawing, and I think maybe that shows.  However I am enjoying the variety of plants and colours and once they are up on screen they can take on a surprising new life of their own.


hellebore jasmine honeysuckle clematis crown-imperial yellow-rose

Hoary Stock

hoary-stockName: Hoary Stock – Matthiola incana

Meaning: Lasting beauty

Also called “night-scented stock” or “evening-scented stock”, but the name Hoary Stock made me smirk. The flowers may have lasting beauty and a gorgeous clovy scent but the lasting beauty does not extend to the water that stocks have been sitting in, after a couple of days it will be truly disgusting.

Day 29 #100days

Passionflower – Religious Sentimentality

23-passionflowerName: Purple Passionflower – Passiflora Edulis

Meaning: Religious superstition

The most striking thing about the passionflower apart from its stylised and slightly alien appearance, is the extent to which it has been co-opted as a metaphor to explain a wide number of religious and cultural ideas.

First, 10 points for you if you knew that in Christian theology the ‘Passion’ in Passionflower refers not to garden variety lust, but to the Passion of Christ, that short and traumatic period between Christ’s entry to Jerusalem and his betrayal and crucifixion.

15th and 16th century Spanish Christian missionaries used the parts of the flower to illustrate the passion story as follows, (thanks Wikipedia!):

In India, it is also used to illustrate a religious idea as it colloquially called “Paanch Paandav”. The five anthers are interpreted as the five Pandavas, the divine Krishna is at the centre.

In less religiously charged interpretations, the distinctive shape of the flower leads to it being called some version of Clock Flower in such disparate cultures as Israel, Greece and Japan. In Turkey, the shape of the flowers have reminded people of Rota Fortunae, or the Wheel of Fortune.