Framed Botanical Prints Put the
Focus Very Carefully On Nature!

Vintage fruits and leaves!

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Genesis Fruits I

Framed botanical prints have been popular for a long time. The plants and flowers they portray, often up close, bring us to our own roots, (pun intended). Flowers, branches & leaves, trees, gardens and plants are all part of the botanical family of art.

Modern botanical prints are taken from very clear and focused photographs, maybe a sago or spiral fern, shown up close unfolding, or abstracted, cloudy views of filmy flowers in the mist. The more modern prints are simple line drawings, or again, abstracted, somewhat out of focus works, to give a dreamy, nebulous feeling to the plants.

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Curtis Ferns II

Vintage, framed botanical prints show plants or butterflies in exquisite exactness. Seeds, buds, leaves, and petals may be seen up close, along with the main image in distinct and clear focus. The humble Dandelion is seen with its yellow, daisy-like petals and then immediately behind is a view with the fuzzy, light, white round head, ready to blow away on the slightest breeze.

Cabbage roses and wildflower bouquets abound in close and clear glory. An antique pear framed botanical print has beautifully colored pears together as a pair.

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Roses and Anemones, c.1890
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Italian Fruit II

Botanical tapestries are a dimensional way to show classic botanical themes like The Tree of Life. In one version, by William Morris, the tree has ornate, antique swirls, and tendrils with gilt, in the next, by Gustav Klimt, the tree has more simple spirals and lighter colors. Both works show the wonderful repetitions of nature.

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The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze, c.1909

Botanical Wall Decals can easily be applied to walls, doors, and windows. There are long, stretched branches of flowering trees, with or without birds and butterflies, an array of potted herbs for a window, or just leaves, to a selection of upright flowers, like Tulips and Poppies, or potted plants.

Of course the botanical wall murals are impressive through the sheer size of trees, flowers, and nature, depicted on the wall.

Herbal botanicals are also sometimes called phytomedicines if they contribute to health and wellness. Acai berry is the fruit of a palm tree from South America that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also a beautiful dark red, and sold as a health drink here for about $7 a bottle.

Some other herbal and botanical health foods are:

  • Garlic (Allium sativum), which lowers cholesterol levels, may help prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, and even help against a common cold!
  • Aloe (Aloe barbadensis), has some ability to relieve constipation, heal wounds, treat psoriasis, frostbite, diabetes, and burns. It is proven to be better than silver sulfadiazine creams for second degree burns.
  • Echinacea (purpurea, angustifolia), also known as Coneflower, has healing power for the common cold. It may also be good for the immune system, infections and even wounds.
  • Flax, linseed (Linum usitatissimum), has been used to treat constipation, urinary tract infections, colds and coughs, mild menopausal symptoms, and even helped with some cancers.
  • Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum), has been used to treat cancer, constipation, fever, inflammation, and high blood pressure.
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has been known to help with insomnia, colic, stomach or intestinal gas, and even migraines.

As for recipes of botanicals, just eating one's food raw, is generally, already a recipe for better health. But some other healty botanical recipes are:

  • Poached Pears in beetroot juice with Spanish figs & fruit salsa, The fruit salsa has peaches, blackberries and oranges cut small.
  • tomato, watermelon, and avocado salad with micro greens and pistachio oil.
  • Classic Basil Pesto, with of course, garlic, fresh grated Pecorino, Romano, and Parmesan cheeses, and pine nuts or walnuts.
  • Carrot Soup, 2 cups carrot and 2 scallions, chopped, 3 cups chicken broth, half cup Chervil, chopped, ground nutmeg, sour cream and Chervil leaves.

A modern botanical print.

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Lavender and Sage Florish

This art botanical is wonderfully bright Van Gogh!

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Blossoming Almond Branch ...

These lovely works can be grouped in any number of ways.

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Morning Luster II

These colors are delicious!

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Farm Garden with Sunflowers, c.1912

A subtle, botanical, with hidden life.

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Bamboo Chorus

This is a truly classical framed botanical print.

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Whimsical Butterflies II

Classy Warbling Warbler.

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Gilded Songbird IV

The Island's bright forms through the eyes of Gauguin!

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Matamoe (Peacocks in the ...

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