Flower Clock

My pencil was extra sharp (Shout out to Matt Leddy! my old landscape architect professor that would always say No Fuzzy Lines!!!!)) today while I was finalizing the latest drawing I’ve been working on for a new client. This design has gone remarkably smooth, most likely a combination of an open and easy to work with client, and myself being totally engrossed in yet another podcast. I find if I design without any background noise inspiring ambiance, I rarely get shit done over analyse and over complicate things. So today I had on a Radio Lab podcast about Time… I was half listening, half drawing when I heard the name Carl Linnaeus. And since I love all things Linnean, I stopped to listen more closely. They were talking about how Linnaeus spent time observing flowers, and how those flowers opened and closed at certain times of the day. This is for a few obvious reasons – the sun, duh, the bugs, pollination blablabla – but what Linnaeus did, was make a clock with the names and images of certain flowers that predictably opened at different times.

Hence, one could figure out what time of the day it was by simply looking at which type of flower was open.

“How handy is this!?”, I thought. Who needs those pesky iPhones or that cheesy Rolex when you can simply walk around some highly wooded and naturalized area looking for open flowers! Genius, I say.

Although more modern plants may have to substituted depending on where you live, this would make for an excellent garden. (hint, hint future clients!)

Botanical name Common name Opening time Closing time
Tragopogon pratensis Goat’s-Beard 3 a.m.
Leontodon hispidum L. Rough Hawkbit by 4 a.m.
Helminthotheca echioides (L.) Holub Bristly ox-tongue 4-5 a.m.
Cichorium intybus L. Chicory 4-5 a.m.
Crepis tectorum L. Hawk’s Beard 4-5 a.m.
Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth by 6 a.m. 10 a.m.
Sonchus oleraceus L. Sow thistle 5 a.m. 12 p.m.
Taraxacum officinale Weber Dandelion 5 a.m. 8-9 a.m.
Crepis alpina L. Hawk’s beard 5 a.m. 11 a.m.
Tragopogon hybridus L. Goat’s beard 5 a.m. 11 a.m.
Rhagadiolus edulis Gaertner 5 a.m. 10 a.m.
Lapsana chondrilloides L. 5 a.m.
Convolvulus tricolor L. Bindweed, Morning Glory 5 a.m.
Hypochaeris maculata L. Spotted cat’s ear 6 a.m. 4-5 p.m.
Hieracium umbellatum L. Hawkweed 6 a.m. 5 p.m.
Hieracium murorum L. Hawkweed 6 a.m. 2 p.m.
Crepis rubra L. 6 a.m. 1-2 p.m.
Sonchus arvensis L. Field milk-thistle 6 a.m.
Sonchus palustris L. Marsh Sow-Thistle by 7 a.m. 2 p.m.
Leontodon autumnale L. Hawkweed 7 a.m. 3 p.m.
Hieracium sabaudum L. Hawkweed 7 a.m. 1-2 p.m.
Cicerbita alpina (L.) Wallr. Blue sow-thistle 7 a.m. 12 p.m.
Lactuca sativa L. Garden Lettuce 7 a.m. 10 a.m
Calendula pluvialis L. 7 a.m. 3-4 p.m.
Nymphaea alba L. White Waterlily 7 a.m. 5 p.m.
Anthericum ramosum L. St. Bernard’s Lily 7 a.m.
Hypochaeris achyrophorus L. 7-8 a.m. 2 p.m.
Hedypnois rhagadioloides (L.) Schmidt
subsp. cretica (L.) Hayck
7-8 a.m. 2 p.m.
Trichodiadema babrata (L.) Schwartes 7-8 a.m. 2 p.m.
Hieracium pilosella L. Mouse-ear Hawkweed 8 a.m.
Anagallis arvensis L. Scarlet pimpernell 8 a.m.
Petrorhagia prolifera (L.) Ball & Heywood Proliferous Pink 8 a.m. 1 p.m.
Hypochaeris glabra L. Smooth cat’s-ear 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Malva caroliniana L. 9-10 a.m. 1 p.m.
Spergularia rubra (L.) J. & C. Presl Sand spurrey 9-10 a.m. 2-3 p.m.
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum Ice-Plant 9-10 a.m. 3-4 p.m.
Cryophytum nodiflorum (L.) L. Bol. Ice-Plant 10-11 a.m 3 p.m.
Calendula officinalis L. Pot marigold 3 p.m.
Hieracium aurantiacum Hawkweed 3-4 p.m.
Anthericium ramosum L. (syn. Anthericum album) 3-4 p.m.
Alyssum alyssoides L. 4 p.m.
Papaver nudicaule L. Iceland poppy 7 p.m.
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus L. Day-lily 7-8 p.m.
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