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
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
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.