Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

December Birth Flowers Selection - "PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS"

Paperwhite Narcissus

This sweet-scented flower is popular for winter bloom and is the flower of the month for December. Susan painted paperwhites with their many small-crowned white flowers and green leaves, surrounded by the quotation from Isaiah, lettered in green, and a green border.

"The desert shall rejoice and blossom... It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing."
  ~ Isaiah 35: 1-2

There has been considerable debate about the identity of the flowers in the Bible. The Hebrew and King James versions translate Isaiah 35: 1-2, "the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose," and the Douay version translates it "lily." James Moffatt, a British scholar, translated the Bible, consulting botanists about the appropriate flowers of the Bible; he identified the flower in Isaiah 35:1-2 as narcissus.

Botanists agree that paperwhite narcissus, Narcissus tazetta alba grew abundantly on the plains of Sharon, and the variation N. papyraceus grew in the Mediterranean region and north.

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December Birth Flower "Paperwhite Narcissus"
Text from Isaiah 35: 1-2

Print Image Size: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Print Paper Size: 8" x 8"
Frame Size: 10" x 10"

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