Glorious bees thrive on electric blue filament like petals,
Glowing in a golden sea of pollen.
This wonderful structured plant, Cynara, like a giant artichoke has electric blue petals, however morning light and exposure has made them purple!
After a long period of very hot weather for the UK, the garden has welcomed rain and a cooler period, as I have deadheaded and weeded I have noticed bees and butterflies more often. My lawn is the colour of straw and probably won’t recover this summer.
I hope you are having a god day. Apologies for my go slow blogging at the moment due to disruption in routine as the builders have been at home. The resulting conservatory needs decorating and furnishing but has brought so much light inside the cottage, and I can enjoy changing weather, sunrises and sunsets as well as starry nights from inside!
Luckily I took the above photo a couple of week’s ago before every plant got heat exhausted. We’ve had the builders at home trying to get work done before it gets very hot again, so in between walking the dogs and making cups of tea and coffee I sat quietly with the dogs in our cool kitchen sketching the flowers. I aimed to capture their energy and character when they were blooming in the border! I’ve momentarily forgotten their name! I used ink and Watercolour Derwent pencils. We had a few hours of calm, hardly noticing the workmen or the heat of the day.
The garden is surprising me every day with new blooms. Time for recording their wonderful shapes and colours. Here are a couple of Watercolour sketches I did yesterday and today. The experience was very relaxing and my paint dried very quickly in the heat!
Both unfinished but hopefully capturing the essence of our colourful garden!
We’ve been having building work done at home which although exciting , I find it turns my usually fairly calm life into chaos.
So, as I haven’t been able to hide away creating in my Studio for a while, yesterday I went to another Artist’s Studio which was a beautiful tranquil space to learn about Glass fused designs.
At first I felt scared even cutting glass let alone grinding glass into shapes, however, after a while I found I really enjoyed creating my flower, dahlia design out of coloured glass offcuts. My flower will be fused in the kiln and next week I’ll pick it up. I Can’t wait to see the result! It was lovely to be creative without too many distractions.
Please click on the link to read my poem inspired by my recent ramble.
I hope you enjoy my post. The weather has been warm so we’ve been exploring our woodland pathways. As ever, I am inspired so much by my walkhs in the surrounding countryside whilst enjoying the company of my dogs; sometimes joined by my husband and friends.
Woodlands at this time of year are filled with lush plants such as pink campion, forget- me- nots, violets, celendine, garlic and bluebells of course. Yesterday a sweet breeze, gentle sunshine and pretty shadows made our walk so pleasurable as we ambled along the woodland path. There were brown, small, delicately patterned butterflies, camouflaged fluttering low to the woodland floor, the canopy was filled with uplifting birdsong. I like to walk slowly noticing everything I can, listening and enjoying the mingled aromas as well as joining the games my dogs like to play!