These gorgeous little plants look to good to be real don’t they.
Apparently Auriculas were brought over to England by French Huguenots who settled in Spitalfields over three hundred years ago. Flemish weavers also brought them when they came over and worked in the mills in the north of England.
These little jewels would have been such a contrast to working in a mill all day, they need regular care too, which must have been a welcome distraction rather than a chore.
The plants originate in the Alps which explains why they like cool conditions and hate wet weather and scorching sun.
So the auricular theatre was devised, it has a little roof that provides the perfect solution for keeping the rain off their delicate flowers, whilst also allowing them to be admired at eye level. The black back-drop is a great contrast to the brightly coloured flowers.
I’m not sure I’d be dedicated enough to look after these …… but they are beautiful.
photos: Jill Anderson