Linnaeus’ fave

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Yes. Linnaeus, the Prince of Botany – the guy who first thought of categorizing the world of plants according to sexuality, and naming each specimen in Latin based on its “family” – played favourites. He even named his beloved twinflower after himself – Linnaea borealis.


The twinflower. It’s a fitting symbol for Christer and Henrik in The Seventh Flower. Despite their differences, they really are soulmates. I didn’t realize this as I was writing it, but the twinflower makes the connection to Linnaeus and Artedi and their shared passion for taxonomy even more poignant.


Linnaeus and Artedi, 18th century tragic bromance brothers, linked to Christer and Henrik’s modern day Midsummer flower picking – all through this one tiny plant: the twinflower. Pink and romantic, small but proud.

Linnaeus’ favourites: was Artedi among them?


4 thoughts on “Linnaeus’ fave

    • Ingela Bohm July 19, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks! I think you share some of his traits, the way you meticulously document the natural world. 🙂

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    • Ingela Bohm July 19, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      PS I used a different lens than usual for these. It’s not meant for macro photography, but I discovered that it creates a very different – magical, as you say – vibe than my usual one.

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      • Pete Hillman July 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

        If it works, use it 🙂 And it has worked fo you to great effect here.

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