I was idly wondering the other day, as I arranged my hydrangeas in my Tudor kitchen, whether they were, strictly speaking, appropriate for the period*.
Shortly after that question popped into my head, I found this great link to information that anyone planning appropriate plants and flowers for a historical miniature setting should know about:
Lesley's Garden -- Historical Garden Information and Plant Lists
Lesley is a Canadian botanist, garden designer and miniaturist. Not only is her site full of tremendously useful information, but you can buy things there, too: she sells, among other things, beautiful looking ready-made miniature flowers and plants as well as kits (kits! I love kits!) in 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scale.
Now, I'm not a stickler for historical accuracy, but I do like to know the actual history I'm dealing with and which anachronisms I've decided to allow. I suppose I've decided that, for myself, willful and conscious inaccuracy in the service of an artistic vision is to be preferred to smiling but blind ignorance :) Anyway, that's what I tell myself ...
So, if you care, check out whether that pretty pot of Lavandula angustifolia is appropriate for your Tudor farmhouse (you're fine with lavender any time after the 13th century) or whether a stately Lilium lancifolium is really right for your George II garden (the tiger lily wasn't introduced until 1804, so you're out of luck :)
* (No they're not :)
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