My Hero, Marianne North

My dreams are to be an artist and a plant hunter.

So, it is only fitting that I stumbled across this book in the middle of the night.

When I can’t sleep I do one of two things.

I play the app game, “Name That Bird” or I search through sample books on my Nook.

Who could resist this cover page?


After reading a sample of Marianne’s adventures, I was hooked.

She was an artistic, female version of Charles Darwin, another hero of mine.   The two knew each other!


I then ordered the Nook book Abundant Beauty.   No hard copies available on-line.

Her earlier book, Recollections of a Happy Life, is free as an e-book.


The paperback book, Marianne North: A Very Intrepid Painter, by Michelle Payne can be purchased.


Marianne traveled around the world in the 1800’s painting exotic plants, flowers, fruits, insects, birds and animals.


She also painted landscapes.


When she returned home, she donated a building in Kew Gardens to house all her paintings.


She wanted to include a snack bar (tea room) but they wouldn’t allow that.

What an adventurous and talented woman, who was way ahead of her time.








Hot Out? Stay In.

July is brutal in North Carolina.

I have been out today working on two different posts.

I  just can’t stand the thought of another shower before my afternoon appointment.

So I plan to look over a new book I discovered via my Nook.

I check out samples of e-books.  If I like them, I then order the paper version.

My latest gardening book is A Gardener’s Latin by Richard Bird.


I have learned a lot of Latin over the years as a scientist, but this one breaks it down for gardeners.

This is a lovely book that is hardback and a good size for carrying around.

It is sectioned by groupings such as prefixes and suffixes, places, textures, habitats, colors, shapes…


Did you know that roseus, ruber, rubens, rufus, russatus and sanguineus all refer to various shades of red?


The illustrations on each page are colorful and delightful.


I plan to take this little treasure with me to my appointment.

No use sitting around looking at old magazines.

Read with the FLOWER.






I Just Won the Lottery, sort of…

I found another treasure yesterday.

Rare Treasures from the Library of the Natural History Museum.




It is NOT just a book.

It is a book of art about art in a box with art.  JACKPOT!


There are thirty-six , 10 x 13 prints of famous paintings.


I have studied many of these works for years in my reading about plant hunters and their rare finds.

Thornton’s “The Queen Flower” of Strelitizia reginae/Bird-of-paradise (and my shoe)

I feel like I have the whole world in my hands.

And now they are MINE…ALL MINE!

There are enough prints in here to cover every wall in this house with beauty.

Art with a story behind it.


The who, the what, the when and the where.


It cost $19.95.

SEE…. I did win the lottery. Sort of.