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Carry on imagining the ellipse walked in part one, you got half way round, the chamomile bench was your rest point… you landed on the south side of the curve…

Leading from the Chamomile bench: dry sunny bed
Thymus Magic Carpet Magic Carpet Thyme, French Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus, Lemon Grass Cymbopogon citratus, Hyssop (white flowered) Hyssopus officinalis, Betony (white flowered) Stachys officinalis, Tree Spinach Chenopodium giganteum, Chicory Cichorium intybus, Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum, Red Chicory Cichorium intybus, Lavender Kew Red Lavandula stoechas, Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum, Clary Sage Salvia sclarea, Cat Mint Nepeta cataria (I think), Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum, Borage Borago officinalis, Camphor Plant Balsamita major tomentosum, Bergamot Monarda, Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis L., Feverfew (Golden?) Chrysanthemum parthenium, Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis, Majoram Gold Tipped Origanum vulgare, Common Thyme Thymus vulgaris, St. Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum, Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor

Arching from the Mint seat: wet to dry bed
Goats Rue (white flowered) Galega officinale, Eau de Cologne Mentha x piperata f. citrata, Wild Rocket Eruca vesicaria, Corsican Mint Mentha requienii, Black Horehound Ballota nigra, Tree Onion Allium cepa proliferum group, Jacobs Ladder (white flowered) Polemonium caeruleum, Land Cress Barbarea verna, Wild Rocket Eruca vesicaria, Lemon Mint Mentha sp, Marsh Mallow Althea officinalis, Vietnamese Coriander Persicaria odorata, Celery Leaf Apium graveolens, Black Horehound Ballota nigra (potted), Fennel Foeniculum vulgar, Flat Leaved Parsley Petroselinum crispum, Evening Primrose (need to track the name of this type)

The north curve again, at the black buttress: dry hot bed
Wood Sage Teucrium scorodonia, Golden Marjoram Origanum vulgare,  Tea Tree Melaleuca (I think), Golden Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium aureum, Welsh Onion Allium fistulosum, Thyme Russetings Thymus serpyllum ‘Russettings’ (potted), White Horehound Marrubium vulgare, Sage Salvia officinalis (need to move this), Mace Myristica fragrans, Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla, Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis (potted)

You’re back at the beginning, at the bottom of the steps, Tea Plant Camellia Sinensis (potted)

What I lost this year (and what the geese ate)
White Borage Borago officinalis ‘Alba’, Chocolate Mint Mentha x piperita f. citrata, (think I’ve just got a Peppermint of this) Sweet Rocket Hesperis matronalis, Sweet marjoram Za’atar Origanum, Lovage Levisticum officianle, Bush Basil Ocimum basilicum ‘Marseillais’, Dark Opal Basil Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurascens’, Cinnamon Basil Ocimum basilicum

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Imagine an ellipse, and walk (and smell) roughly clockwise

On the steps and windowsills: pots
Creeping Penny Royal Mentha pulegium, Thyme Thymus serpyllum v ar albus, Lavender Old English Lavandula angustifolia, Orange Scented Thyme Thymus fragrantissimus, Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

Around and under the Globe Artichoke: dry bed
Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum, Chives Allium schoenoprasum, Garlic chives Allium nutans, Bergamot Monarda didyma (potted), Yarrow Achillea millefolium (potted), Compact Marjoram Origanum vulgare ‘Compactum’ (potted), Creeping Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, Purple Sage Salvia officinalis, Winter Savoury Satureia montana, Tangerine Sage Salvia elegans, Curry Plant Helichrysum italicum, Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus (potted), Thyme Thymus serpyllum, Broad Leaved Sage Salvia officinalis, Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis (potted), Blackcurrant Sage Salvia microphylla, Marjoram Origanum majorana, Pineapple Sage Salvia elegans, Lavender ‘Purple Emperor’ Lavandula pedunculata ‘Sampaiana’, Thyme ‘Foxley’ Thymus pulegioides ‘Foxley’, Blue Jacobs Ladder Polemonium caeruleum

By the Hollyhock and Passion Fruit arch: leafy bed
Flat leaved Parsely Petroselinum crispum, Ginger Mint Mentha x gracilis ‘Variegata’, Curled Parsely Petroselinum crispum, Spearmint Mentha spicata (potted), Good King Henry Chenopodium bonus-henricus, Coriander Coriandrum sativum, Bergamot Monarda panorama mixed

What’s next to pot up
Sweet Cicely Myrrhis odorata, Musk Mallow Malva moschata, Heartsease Viola tricolor, Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis

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I’ve been looking at how I can develop some botanical knowledge outside my botanical illustration classes. Sally Corbet (a biologist and printmaker with a special interest in flowers and pollination) has suggested that I find a really good weeklong field trip to help build up my confidence and knowledge in this area. These courses are expensive and the right one hard to find. “What if you organised it so that a course came to you, to the place you are currently mapping?” Um, what a good idea of hers, how can I work this? I am scheming.

In the meantime, Dr. Barbara McLean has come to my rescue, thanks to the energetic Mally Francis. I have recently been accepted as a painter for the Eden Project Florilegium Society and so now I can access day courses that Mally has booked. Barbara took us through the best practice principles of dissection and introduced us to the floral diagram. This aerial view of the plant is now my plan. I make myself draw an aerial view of every plant I have to paint and dissect, and I keep drawing the dissections so when I find the field study course of my dreams, I will be adept at something.

This approach will force me to travel, walk with my fingers and pencil around the plant in different directions and in varying dimensions – something of a psychogeographical approach to drawing. Mr. Will Self would be pleased.

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