The Language of Flowers
My love of flowers has been with me ever since I can remember. The array of colours, shapes and textures fascinates me. However I don’t actually know much about them. So I’ve taken it upon myself to learn more about some of my favourite florals and botanicals, as part of the 5 Ways with Flowers Challenge.
Last month, Brighton was awash with Magnolia trees and I was in floral heaven. Magnolias are one of my favourite flowers and their shape and fleeting beauty is just gorgeous. Today I am sharing a few interesting facts about Magnolias alongside some of my experimental artwork.
Using floral photography mixed with experiments in paint I’ve designed a graphic to accompany these flowery facts. If you would like to receive a high resolution version to print at home, signup to my newsletter at the bottom of this post and I’ll email you a copy to enjoy at home.
Common name: Magnolia
Botanical name Magnolia
Type: Tree & Shrub. Deciduous,
Evergreen and Wall Trailing
Flowers: Spring, Summer
Plant: Autumn, Winter and Spring
No. of Species: Approx 210
- Magnolias are the most ancient of flowering plants.
- Magnolia Fossils have been discovered dating back millions of years.
- Since magnolias predate the existance of bees, they are pollinated by beetles instead.
- The name ‘Magnolia’ was named after the French botanist, Pierre Magnol.
- Nutmeg trees, Tulip trees, and Ylang-Ylang are types of Magnolia
- The flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature.
- In the Victorian language of flowers, Magnolias represent dignity and splendid beauty.
- In art, specifically Chinese art, the Magnolia is used as a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty.
- The Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi.
Here are some of the recent images I took around Brighton from my Instagram account. Simply gorgeous!
Here’s that newsletter form to receive a high resolution language of flowers: magnolia, graphic to print at home.
Enjoy and most of all I hope you learn something today!
Have an inspired day