I have so many links and interesting things that I have discovered while researching and writing my book that I can't wait to share. My biggest fear is that I will never remember them all -- in fact I have already forgotten so many. I really don't want to forget this one, so this is just a quick post before I head back to book finishing land.
What do you think this might be a picture of? It is part of the botany collection a the university of Amsterdam. It is titled 'Schemavoorbepalingbedekkingsgraad" which translates to 'Schedule for Determining Coverage'. I deduce it to be a planting plan.
I adore this kind of thing. I want to print it out and hang it on my wall. I think it is charming and interesting as a work of art, but knowing that it is a planting plan as well really makes me smile. I wonder what plants this represents? And are the choices in color and symbol shape related to the plants or completely abstract? I think the questions make it even more interesting.
I used to take great pride in my planting plans ( I haven't done one in a while). They were full color affairs with beautiful photographic images representing all the chosen plants so that the clients could get a great sense of what they were getting. The printing costs were ridiculous. These days, I think I would want to make something more like this. Sure, it's not as descriptive, but I find it much more satisfying...so maybe not for clients...but just for me.
image from the botany collection at the University of Amsterdam.
You can download a copy for yourself at the The memory of the Netherlands