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A Swiss garden

A Swiss garden

This delightful painting of a Swiss cottage garden, the garden of John Addington Symonds' villa, 'Am Hof ' in Davos Platz, was painted by his daughter Madge Symonds (1869-1925) and entitled by her 'A view of my Mother's alpine garden at Davos, 1897'. Amongst the flowers present can be seen poppies, sweet williams, lilies, and peonies. Delphiniums are a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and are native throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The ancient Greeks thought the flower bud resembled a dolphin, hence the name Delphinium, and in Tudor England they were called larkspur, referring to the flower's similarity to a lark's claw. Modern delphiniums are hybrids, and grow best in sunny open sites, flowering in early summer. They are poisonous. DM375/1