Flower Months is a wall calendar created using a selection of botanical illustrations taken from The Botanist (London, 1836-1842) by Benjamin Maund. The original volumes are stored in the Bibliotheca Antiqua of Aboca Museum in Sansepolcro.
The flowers in Flower Months 2017:
- cover: Golden-trumpet (Allamanda cathartica)
- January: Clematis (Clematis azurea)
- February: Yellow lotus (Nelumbium luteum)
- March: Lilium (Lilium thunbergianum)
- April: Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)
- May: Milkwort (Polygala speciosa)
- June: Yellow Mandevilla (Echites suberecta)
- July: Passion flower (Passiflora kermesina)
- August: Ruscus-Leaved Liparia (Liparia sphaerica)
- September: Cardinal Creeper (Ipomaea horsfalliae)
- October: Musk-Scented Dendrobium (Dendrobium moschatum)
- November: Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (Ipomaea rubro-cerulea)
- December: Poinsettia (Poinsettia pulcherrima).
Benjamin Maund, an English pharmacist working in the early 19th century and a passionate botanist, offered horticulture and gardening enthusiasts an original collection of finely coloured lithographic prints: they depict rustic, ornamental plants accompanied by scientific, educational descriptions, useful for their cultivation. The intention was to share with readers his passion for gardening and for the plants depicted, which, thanks to the delicacy of the flowers, offer what Maund defined as "moral and intellectual gratification".