Plant of the Day

Monday 4 May 2015

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) by nature in the woodland garden at RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex and by Fabergé at ‘Painting Paradise - the art of the garden’ The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. These herbaceous perennial plants are suitable for sun or semi-shade forming a mound of divided, mid-green foliage and producing arching stems of hanging heart-shaped flowers. The wonderful white form Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba’ lights up a dark space. This plant was formerly known as Dicentra spectabilis.

Jill Raggett


Vincent van Gogh’s butterflies,clumps of grass and little flowers …

Two White Butterflies, 1889 Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam

Long Grass with Butterflies  1890  The National Gallery, London

Clumps of Grass ,1999  Pola Museum of Art, Japan

Grass and butterflies 1887  Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Tree trunks in the grass  1890  Kröller-Müller Museum. Otterlo

A Field of Yellow Flowers, 1889 Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland


Last week The Pulp Zine went to Y Not? at Espacio Gallery hosted by Sweet ‘Art in Shoreditch, London. The exhibition featured a collection of artists (including our own pulp babe, Georgia Grace Gibson!) who explore themes of femininity, female forms and feminist issues in honour of International Women’s day.

☼ Y Not? at Espacio Gallery, London- ReviewThe Pulp Zine


I visited Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery today! It’s about Paul-Durand Ruel, a 19th century art dealer who made the Impressionists well-known and who basically invented the modern art gallery/dealer. There were large numbers of all the big names- Renoir, Manet, Degas, Monet, etc, but the works above were my personal favourites (excuse my obvious favouritism for the earlier works and distaste for the “real” Impressionists!)

  • Still Life with Apples by Gustave Courbet
  • Entrance to the Village of Voisins by Camille Pissarro
  • Woman at her Toilette by Berthe Morisot 
  • Ruins of the Chateau of Pierrefonds by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
  • The cup of Chocolate by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • The Avenue, Sydenham by Camille Pissarro
  • Dance in the City by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Fox Hill, Upper Norwood by Camille Pissarro 

visual and new concrete poetry exhibition in london

may 1st to 14th 2015
hardy tree gallery, kings cross, london

calling back to the great tradition of postwar british and austrian concrete poetry, so defining of that medium, this exhibition of 21st century poets brings together poets whose work is as striking as it is inventive.

over 30 pieces will be exhibited in the kings cross based hardy tree gallery, available to see for just two weeks, with a special view reading on may 10th with over 10 contributing poets sharing their work live.

exhibiting artists and poets:
anatol knotek, victoria bean, jen calleja, simon barraclough, ben borek, sophie collins, tim atkins, ollie evans, jeff hilson, fabian macpherson, peter jaeger, mjb, jörg piringer, prudence chamberlain & ann cotten, esther strauss, robert herbert mcclean & max hofler and giles goodland.