Christmas Rose and Virburnum Tinus

By putting together two very different plants and including the life-cycle of one of them, the artist has created a most interesting botanical print for us to enjoy. This one features a white Christmas rose along with a plant known as Spring Bouquet. Spring Bouquet, or virburnum tinus, as you can see has pretty little pink flowers which turn into dark blue/black fruit.

With some careful editing, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to isolate the white rose from the rest of the image.

This 150 year-old book illustration was hand-painted in watercolors by an unidentified artist. The original drawing may have also been their work or the work of the book’s author Charlotte Mary Yonge.

This flower drawing was included in Lessons From the Vegetable World which was published in 1858.

Christmas Rose and Virburnum Tinus

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.