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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine…
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.
- Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II:i
Delicately strange, strangely voluptuous, these ladyslipper (or lady’s slipper) orchids grow in the Whitney and Thayer Woods that were once a part of Thayer’s mother’s estate. The artist probably came upon them in the course of her daily walks in the spring woodlands and could not resist their fascination.