Sunday, March 29, 2015
Very Old Apple Orchard
The yellow stain above 4312 is a drop of sap from the yellow celandine plants that are popping up in my front garden. This golden sap was one of the pigments used as a substitute for gold in Medieval manuscripts when the budget didn't allow for real gold leaf. I learned about this plant at the Medieval garden at the Cloisters in Manhattan, and for a few months after that I searched for examples of the plant in botanic gardens, garden centers, etc. Then one day I realized the celandine poppy in my garden was the very plant I was looking for. It comes back every year, but it needs to start bearing its flowers before the sap is plentiful. I'm curious to try it out on parchment!