STANDARDS OF PERFECTION|
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Early in the development of this fascinating hybrid, florists began to specify the qualities of the perfect plant even to defining the proportions of the parts of an individual flower (usually called a pip). These parts or zones of an edged auricula pip from the outside working inward are called the edge(coloured green, grey or white), ground(usually black or very dark red), paste(pure white) and tube(of a rich golden colour).
A long time has past since Maddock, Hudson and Glenny defined their standards for the perfect auricula.
Unfortunately they did not explain why these standards were chosen.
Who knows how the old florists would have defined their ideal auricula given the benefits our current knowledge and technology?
Would they have tried to improve the standards of perfection or rest on thier laurels?
In an attempt to explore the aesthetics (both beauty and perception) of this intriguing plant and to increase our understanding of what really constitutes perfection some thoughts are given an airing. The aim is not to discredit the status quo but to determine the principles on which the standards are based and apply these rules to further the development of our favourite flower.
Standards of Perfection based on Continuous Proportions.
"Rigidly Defined Areas of Uncertainty"
Evaluate various Standards of Perfection by Counting Proportions.
Standards of Perfection using Euclidean Distances.
"The Plot Thickens"
Photographs of auriculas can be found in the Auricula Gallery.
"Mirror mirror on the wall
What is the fairest flower of all?"
"The impossible takes a little bit longer."
|David Tarver||"Auricula History", |
National Auricula and Primula Society (Midland and West Section)
Society Guides No. 5 , 14-16