|Marigolds have been going since February this year, the mild winter meant they didn't die back. I spotted this double one this week.|
|Chives attract Tortoiseshells.|
|Lovely flowering succulents.|
|These white Lupins are wonderful in the evening light. Most of the Lupins have been eaten by slugs this year.|
|Inspired by another blog I read today Butterfly in My Hair.|
|Warm few days here. It's been a public holiday so the lawn mowers were busy, not ours. We have sheep remember! I just like to make paths around my garden and there are a couple of lawns but it's not something I can manage at the moment. I saw a feature on Gardener's World on the BBC 2 about the National Collection of Aquilegia's. (NCCPG) Currently in the possession of Carrie Thomas. Bees nibble holes on the ends of the Spurs to find short cuts to the nectar I saw this earlier today and because I'd only just learnt about this interesting thing I took photos. These plants are resistant to slugs too, current obsession. There was also a demo about crossing 2 flowers to create new varieties. I have been aware of this being done with Hellebores. I have a few Hellebores but just tiny plants I have not yet seen flower. Perhaps this plant might just start me off. I took some pollen and brushed it on the Stigma having removed the petals and sepals. I feels quite scientific but actually it is very simple. The plan is to remember to collect the seeds and seeing the result of a cross of 2 flowers that you like for colour, form or whatever.|
About the exhibition I took part in locally, I sold 2 paintings to people I knew and I bought cards off one lady who bought one of my paintings. I had a table of small affordable abstract paintings alongside some of my landscapes. I am not ready to sell the landscapes yet. I posted some of my small landscapes on Facebook a while back and really I was amazed by how people liked them. Then while looking yesterday around the exhibition an artist friend described some of the painting as too complicated and too expensive. I guess it's all about being in the right place for whoever you are trying to communicate with. This was in the context of selling. I think next year I should spend more time during the day to see who comes around and just generally find out more. I nipped by yesterday and was given useful information about where to get cards printed nearby. Business cards and cards of artworks.
|Below are some of the nibbled holes.|