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Northern Lights Linaria Art Pack

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  • Art by Kristen Egan.
  • An up close look reveals this flower's resemblance to snapdragons.
  • Delicate sprays of pastel blooms.

Northern Lights Linaria

Linaria maroccana
Darling sprays of pastel flowers. Space close for an aura of colors.

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Though small, a long list of names is associated with this etherial-hued variety. The Latin name, Linaria, was thought up by Linnaeus who noticed the plant's similarities to linum, or flax. This led to the plants in this family often having common names involving flax. A more antique version of our mix was introduced in 1872 as Fairy Flax. But another, more adorable, name, Toadflax, caught on due to the flower's€™ resemblance to the self-satisfied turn of a toad'€™s smirking lips. The glowing colors of this modern mix inspired a whole new level of naming, taking it from the earthy landscape of toads up into the heavens and the colors of the Northern Lights.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 4 inches
Spacing Between Rows 8 inches
Planting Depth 0 inches
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 6 inches
Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost by sprinkling a few seeds on the surface of pots and disturbing the soil a bit, then watering in. Thin if necessary, and tranpslant outdoors when plants are 2 inches high. Alternately, direct sow by lightly scattering seeds in a well prepared bed, then thin the indicated spacing. Denser plantings result in a showier displant of blooms. Linaria requires medium fertility and moderate water.

Art by Kristin Egan. Kristen is mixed media artist specializing in sculpture and collage. A BFA graduate of Alfred University with a concentration in environmental science, Kristen currently works from her home studio in rural southeastern PA. Kristen was the Gallery Coordinator for the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts for three years, and now works as a freelance artist and teacher, and as a production artist for G.I.Bow, a company that creates hand-made archery equipment. Her work can be seen at the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven, PA, Mud & Maker in Pottsville, PA, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery in Philadelphia, and online.

From the Artist: "Art and science, in my experience, are intricately connected; they are the means by which we explore and understand the universe. When people plant gardens, they begin with a concept - a vision of what the garden will produce, or how it will look - then they manipulate their raw materials (seeds, soil, water, etc.) to achieve that result, with varying degrees of success. Though the mediums are different, the process of making art is generally the same. My 2-dimensional work is usually a combination of drawing, painting, and collage. I wanted to capture a sense of movement with the aurora and the toads jumping, and I think the very busy and somewhat chaotic effect of the flowers adds to that. Collaging is like building a sculpture with found objects - you start with a general idea of what you want it to look like, but the end result is determined to some degree by the materials themselves. I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to handle the very complex structure of the toadflax flower, or capture the ethereal nature of the northern lights, but once I started cutting and layering different types of paper, it started to evolve."

Medium: mixed media collage

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