Saturday, 20 April 2019

In search of green...

The sudden heatwave this weekend has made the soft greens of Spring seem all the more vibrant. Orange tip, Brimstone, Blue and Speckled wood butterflies are emerging. This morning I went out in search of green to photograph around the garden...


hostas, cornflowers, rose and oregano in pots





mini flower gems





new sunny gravel bed with low growing herbs, golden oregano
marjoram and thyme




rejuvenated lilac and willow 'dragonsclaw'




Spring greens!








Monday, 25 March 2019

New Art Exhibition, Street, Somerset

I'm delighted to be exhibiting at Create:Space II in the pop-up galleryin the Old Tesco Building, Street.

Come along and see a great range of local art on exhibition and for sale at
Unit 6, Crispin Centre, Street, BA16 0HP.


The Staging Post runs from 25th March to 4th May 2019.




Glastonbury Tor and Orchard Trees, watercolour 2019







Tuesday, 8 January 2019

January Trees

The arrival of new seeds to plant is always a  treat, especially in January. This year it is a packet of six non-dormant Monkey Puzzle seeds (Araucaria araucana). I hope they will germinate and add to the collection of small trees growing away, including the Giant Sequoias. I have also taken cuttings of the Salix babylonica 'Tortuosa' (corkscrew, tortured or my fave, dragon's claw willow). I have found the easiest way with these is simply to push bare stems in a pot in winter and watch them grow away in Spring.
I have planted my lovely Christmas gift of a Glastonbury thorn in a pot for now, until a permanent site can be found in the garden. Growing trees in containers, whether Bonsai or just small trees, is a lovely way to find a life-long connection to nature if space is limited. If you make one gardening resolution to keep this New Year, make it to grow a tree.



January frosts


Sequoiadendron giganteum


Dragon's Claw willow and Californian lilac


More frosts...





Monkey Puzzle seeds

Friday, 23 November 2018

Street Christmas Cracker ~ December 1st.

On December 1st it will be the annual Christmas Cracker on the High Street in  Street, Somerset.

I'm delighted to be exhibiting at the pop-up gallery in the Old Tesco Building again.
Come along and see the great range of local art on exhibition and for sale at
Unit 6, Crispin Centre, Street, BA16 0HP.

Exhibition runs 11-am - 4pm, Monday to Saturday, through till December 15th 2018.


'Gulp'
framed watercolours &


hand painted cards and fridge magnets




and handmade christmas cards


St. Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury. Watercolour & pen.
(Framed size 22 x 28cm)


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Autumn & summer at the same time..


begonia


begonia


fuchsia and gazania


begonia and selfheal


gazania


fatsia japonica


willow


re-seedlings


and seedheads



garden cross spiders catching more than some rays