Twelve intimate portraits in words, of different flowers. The portraits follow the seasons, from snowdrops and primroses through to teasels and jasmine, and were written gradually over a couple of years, beginning with thoughts about nasturtiums that came one day unbidden in the garden. Ten of the flowers that I wrote about appeared as embroidered silk flowers that were given away with Wix’s Kensitas cigarettes in 1934-35. As these silks are still readily available I printed up a few folders with my own text replacing the botanical history and cultural notes that appeared in the originals and slipped the silks inside. December, 2004.

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