I have begun to poke around looking for pansy art and gossip and I found this wonderful series of publications with these to-die-for tinted engravings. You should go to the Biodiversity Heritage Lab to view the 19 volumes of The Floricultural Cabinet and Florist's Magazine. I noticed while dipping into many of them that the calceolaria was a very popular flower in the 1830s. Are calceolaria at garden centers now? You know how you don't see what you aren't looking for often?...maybe I just haven't noticed them. They are fascinating in engravings!
That carnation below is something, too!! I have only seen wimpier streaked carnations in real life. Why do I only see blah carnations in stores? Perhaps I do not go to the sort of stores that have them.
I like the white ones that are everywhere and adore the smell, but I could fall in love with flowers like this boldly marked Princess Clementine!! Who was she?
I believe this is she.