Flower pictures, these from 1878. Illustrations taken from “Vick’s Flower and Vegetable Garden” Published by James Vick in Rochester, New York.

“Annuals.” Page 74. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/74/mode/1up
“Perennials.” Page 120. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/120/mode/1up
“Lillies.” Page 144. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/144/mode/1up
“Hardy bulbs.” Page 154. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/154/mode/1up

Images of birds with wonderful tails taken from “Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,” published in 1872 by American zoologist Daniel Giraud Elliot. Lithographs after artwork by Joseph Wolf. Taken from a current Sotheby’s auction catalog.

“Phasianus Deccollatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Euplocomus Praelatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Temmincki.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Blythii.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en

Art Nouveau iris, taken form Maurice Pillard’s “Etude de la plante: son application aux industries d’art: pochoir, papier peint, etoffes, céramique, marqueterie, tapis, ferronnerie, reliure, dentelles, broderies, vitrail, mosaïque, bijouterie, bronze, orfévrerie” which was printed in Paris in 1903 by the Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts.

“Iris Germanique, plan de la fleur.” Page 39/image 44. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125005959479/page/n44/mode/1up
“Iris Germanique.” Figure 37, page 44. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125005959479/page/n44/mode/1up
“Iris Germanique. Couronnement de grille en fer forgé.” Figure 39. Page 46. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125005959479/page/n46/mode/1up

Make your bathroom look like the South Seas wherever you are. Javanese flora, taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Caladium bicolor. vent. Tallas Sabrang.” Page 48. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/48/mode/1up
Stercula Nobilis. Smith. Hantap. Page 55. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/56/mode/1up
Otophora Alata. BL. Pisang Tjina.” Page 60, Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/60/mode/1up

More pretty Victorian lilies, lithographic plates from “A monograph of the genus Lilium.” Written by John Henry Elwes and illustrated by W. H. Fitch, it was published in London in 1877.

“Lilium Auratum, variation Wittel.” Page 43. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/5/mode/1up
“Lilium Pyrenaicum (The Pyrenean lily).” Page 47. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n47/mode/1up
“Lilium Testaceum” (The Nankeen Lily). Page 7. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/7/mode/1up

Butterflies and moths, taken from John William Lewin’s work “Lepidoptera: Collected, Engraved, and Faithfully Painted after Nature”. Published in London in 1822.

“Order: Lepidoptera. Genus: Papilio of Linn. Family: Phalaenoides. Phalaenoides Glycinae.” Plate I. Collections of the Cornell University Library. Mann Library, Cornell University, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CUbiodiversity7642624/page/Plate+1/mode/1up
Order: Lepidoptera. Genus: Sphinx of Linn. Sphinx Ardenia.” Plate II. Collections of the Cornell University Library. Mann Library, Cornell University, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CUbiodiversity7642624/page/Plate+2/mode/1up
” Order: Lepidoptera. Genus: Phalaena. Family: Bombyx of Linn. Bombyx Vulnerans.” Plate 4. Collections of the Cornell University Library. Mann Library, Cornell University, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CUbiodiversity7642624/page/5/mode/1up

Flower pictures from just a little while back. One with a few mice, too. German. Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff, botanical artist. Living from 1668 to 1723, she was the daughter of Maria Sibylla Merian and had a father who was an artist too.

“Study of a Lily, Columbines and other Flowers.” ca. 1702-1711.  German. Watercolor and gouache on vellum. Attributed to Herolt-Graff. Image © 2021 Arader Galleries. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://aradernyc.com/products/herolt-graff-johanna-helena-1668-1717-attributed-to-study-of-a-lily-columbines-and-other-flowers-ca-1702-1711
“White Cyclamen.” After 1691. German. Watercolor and gouache over black chalk or charcoal, on vellum. Collections of the Städel Museum. Image © 2021 Städel Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/en/work/white-cyclamen
“Three mice nibbling fruit.” Undated. German. Watercolor on parchment. Image © Morgan Library and Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.themorgan.org/drawings/item/144559

Javanese flowers to make your hallway look like the tsarina’s winter garden. Taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Amherstia nobilis wall.” Page 20. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/20/mode/2up
Elettaria speciosa.” Page 36. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/36/mode/2up
Nephelium lappaceum.” Page 40. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/40/mode/2up

Slightly old sea creatures and their shells. From Louis-Charles Keiner work “Spécies général et iconographie des coquilles vivantes comprenant la collection du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Paris” which was published in Paris around 1840.

“Porcelain Cypraea: 1. Porcelaine tigre (cypraea tigris). 2. Porcelaine carneole (cypraea carneola). 3. Porcelaine grenue (cypraea nuclens).” Page 179. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/179/mode/1up
Porcelain Cypraea: 1. Porcelain livide (Cypraea stercoraria). 2. Porcelaine taupe (Cypraea talpa)”. Page 201. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/201/mode/1up
Porcelain Cypraea: 1. Porcelaine tigre (Cypraea tigris). 2. Porcelaine pacifique (Cypraea pacifica). 3. Porcelaine subrostrée (Cypraea subrostrata). Page 267. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/267/mode/1up
“Ovule (Ovula): Ovule des Moluques (Ovula oviformis Lam).” Page 321. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/321/mode/1up
“Ovule (Ovula): 1. Ovule anguleuse (Ovula angulosa). 2. Ovule gibbeuse (Ovula gibbosa). 3. Ovule a verrues (Ovula verricosa). 4. Ovule de l”Adriatique (Ovula Adriatici).” Page 323. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/323/mode/1up
“Ancillaire (Ancillaria): 1. Ancillaire bordee (Ancillaria marginata). 2. Ancillaire australe (Ancillaria australis). 3. Ancillaire Australe jeune (Ancillairia australis junior). 4. Ancillaire blanche (Ancillaria candida).” Page 379. Collections of and digitalized by the University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/19864#page/379/mode/1up

18th century flowers, plates from Henry Charles Andrews work “The Botanist’s Repository” which was published in London in 1797. These images taken from Volume 6.

“Flesh colored Sanseviera – Sanseviera Carnea: Six chives, one pointal.” Plate CCCLXI, Page 2. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002852454/page/n1/mode/2up
“Yellow-bottomed White Crocus – Crocus Biflorus: three chives, one pointal.” Plate CCCLXII, page 4. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002852454/page/n3/mode/2up
“The Peacock Iris – Iris Pavonia: Three chives, one pointal. Plate CCCLXIV, page 7.Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002852454/page/n7/mode/2up