The weather was so nice yesterday and although I felt ill, I still decided to wander out into London. I considered Friday as a quarantine day where I needed to get back on my feet ready for work the next day. You know how it is when you've spent several days in bed - I forget how to walk and feel all stiff and horrible. So yes - time to blow away the cobwebs and I thought "Let's go to Chelsea Physic Garden"! Not only because it's integrated with my theme of sickness and health (a total fluke which I have only just noticed) but because I hadn't used my membership since getting it in October and I thought they might have some plants for me to paint for the Bare Necessities Painting.
So I ventured out, but didn't find a shop to purchase a new sketchbook from, so the afternoon was mainly spent looking at and thinking about things. I found this rather nifty cabinet of curiosities. I spotted last time I was there and remembered loving the idea then:
So what they have done is to grow the plant in it's product:
Rubus idaeus x R. strigosus
I think this is a great idea, I really do. It goes along the theme of my new project so well. So I will probably get in contact with Chelsea Physic Garden. They have also just made a new garden of useful and edible plants, which is due to open on 23rd May. It seems they have timed it with the Chelsea Flower Show week - something else I could see being prepared as I walked past the Royal Hospital. I am really exited about the new garden... it will definitely make it easier for me to do all my sketchbook work. At Kew I find I have to look for everything and it's such a huge place.
Lastly, I thought I'd mention that there is a botanical art exhibition on show in Mayfair. The works are by those in the Amicus Botanicus group. For more information visit: http://www.amicusbotanicus.com/links.html.
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