Unique beauty of seeds celebrated in Jelitto sponsored paintings at Gardeners World Live

An artistic A to Z of perennial seeds will be on show at Gardeners World Live later this month as a new watercolour exhibition is unveiled for the first time.

Six paintings by Scottish artist Janet Mary Robinson, depicting the unique characteristics of seeds will make their debut at the 16-20 June event at the Birmingham NEC.

Perennial Seed Supplier Jelitto Seeds sponsored the series, which includes 26 paintings in total.

Among those on show will be depictions of Crambe cordifolia (Bleeding Heart), Fibigea clypeata (Roman Shields), Ranunculus gramineus (Grassy-leaved Buttercup) and the jellyfish-like seed of Scabiosa columbaria (Pincushion flower).

Artist, natural history and science illustrator Janet Mary Robinson said:  "The whole project started when I acquired a microscope. This gave me a view of the wonderful world of seeds. There were jellyfish, pig's ears and crazy hairstyles - all shapes that are caused by the bizarre adaptations of the seeds to their means of distribution. For example, seeds of the species Dicentra have little lunch boxes, which offer ants a snack - in exchange for free transport. I have attempted to capture all these amazing, colourful features in my watercolours."

Margot Jelitto said: "Janet is an artist who doesn't only have the necessary technical skills for nature paintings. She also has a love of her subjects and of detail that a natural illustrator needs to convey the hidden beauty of nature."

All 26 of the paintings are now available in digital form on the following website: http://www.see-seeds.co.uk/



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