Porcelain Vase with Meconopsis cambrica or Welsh Poppy

LINDA JOHN at 'If You Like Flowers'


Selected Member, Craft Potters Association.

Here showing both Ceramics, and Fibre Work,

sometimes in combination.

Crumpled Porcelain Vase with Drooping Narcissus

Crumple Vases

Porcelain Frame with weaving

Bearded Iris in Porcelain Frame

Porcelain Vase with Hesperis

Porcelain with Hesperis

Mrs Kendall Clark

Hardy Geranium

Geranium pratense Mrs Kendall Clark

Crumple Vase

Mrs Kendall Clark

'Mrs Kendall Clark'

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(Posted on Instagram on 8th March 2021)
What does this flower have to do with International Women’s Day, Clarks Shoes, and maybe even the suffrage movement?
It’s a long-stemmed (handy for displaying in my porcelain vases) Hardy Geranium, called Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’.  Who Mrs Clark was has long been lost to history (sounds familiar?), but thanks to a lucky discovery via the Internet today, I happened upon a reasoned argument that she was in fact Lucretia Hasseltine Kendall (1853 - 1937).
Lucretia Hasseltine Kendall (born Kimball) was an American who married a member of the Clark shoe family. She and her husband James had met whilst studying Natural Sciences at Heidelberg University.  Around the 1930’s they were living near to the nursery of plantsman Walter Ingwerson in East Grinstead, and it’s believed Lucretia took him a sample of a native cranesbill she thought he might be interested in propagating.
Anyway it seems he did just this, and named the variety after her, making it commercially available sometime after 1938.
It’s a cracking plant, sometimes blue, sometimes verging on lilac, depending on the light.  I’m so glad it was collected.
And the suffrage movement?  Well, when she lived in York Lucretia apparently spoke “entertainingly” on the subject.  What her position in the movement was is not recorded.
My thanks to Dorset Perennials for this information.


Akebia quinata


Teapot Handles


a.k.a. Chocolate vine

Open for More Info on Akebia quinata
In the top left section of this photograph is a small section of entwined material.  It shows a couple of long strands of a magnificent climber beginning to curl round each other.  It’s this property that makes them ideal for making handles for teapots.
The climber is called Akebia quinata, and about this time of year it produces very beautiful chocolate scented flowers, hence it’s other name, Chocolate Vine.
I’ve collected some of last years growth, which I have stored, in order to try my hand at forming a decent handle, and I will post my efforts when this is done.
I’d hoped to cut some of the blossoms for display in vases, but a blackbird has taken advantage of the thick growth, and has built a nest.  I have to keep my distance for now.
The second photograph is a small selection of pots where the potters have used akebia.  I hope they don’t mind me posting the images.
A small folded porcelain vase with a link to Verbena bonariensis page.

Verbena bonariensis

Turquoise vase and a large yellow Pitcher Plant flowerhead.

Pitcher Plant

Stoneware beaker with honeysuckle flower.


An Lenten Rose and a Primrose in a Stoneware bowl

Anenome and Primrose

A thrown vase photographed with a dried Lenten rose on the wide rim.

Lenten rose (dried)

Daisy Vase on it's side with Grape Hyacinth flower.


A honeycomb vase with a sprig of Libertia grandiflora.

Libertia grandiflora

Blue Daisy Vase  with Pink Aster


Paperclay Vase with a small sprig of Myosotis, or Forget-me-not.


Honeycomb Vase on the left and a Clematis avalanche flower just opening.

Clematis avalanche

A Daisy Vase with a single Acanthis mollis (link to page) flower and a tiny flower crab spider (Misumena vatia).


Paperclay Vase with opening flowers of Echeveria elegans.  A link to that page.

Echeveria elegans

Pale pink Cosmos flower in a black beaker with a striped background.


Black and white vase against a striped background, and a faded daisy for display.


A single tulip, Prinses Irene, in a porcelain vase.


An overhead shot of a turquoise Vase with some Hesperis flowers inside.