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Taraxacum Officinale

Taraxacum officinale, with terracotta pots, 17th May

Taraxacum Officinale: You think this is just dandelions? This is a plant that you can grow that requires no preparation of the soil whatsoever, that you can eat, that is exceptionally nutritional and high in minerals, and that actually improves the soil while you grow it. Ok, it’s just dandelions, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true đŸ™‚

Taraxacum Officinale

Taraxacum Officinale

very red very frilly poppy

The reddest poppy in the garden, 25th April

The reddest poppy in the garden: Actually the only poppy at present, but this plant produces flowers of such an astronomical red that it is really quite hard to know how to draw them. You can’t even photograph them without the camera losing some of the detail and just filling it in in a sort of block red. I suspect it of secretly fluorescing: converting additional UV light into red light too, so that it actually gives off more red light than the eye thinks would actually be possible. Needless to say, I have not done it justice, but I had a go.

very red very frilly poppy

very red very frilly poppy

It is possible you are so blinded by the red you cannot see the cats in this one: they are behind the poppy…

unfurling ferns

Unfurling Ferns, 10th April

unfurling ferns

unfurling ferns

What I am really enjoying about sketching with my phone (a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 if you are interested) is that it is a thing that  I am likely to have with me almost always, unlike a sketchbook, which would be an extra thing to carry, not to mention the additional luggage of lots of coloured pencils if I wanted anything in colour. The phone is however a tricky thing with which do the fine detail that these beautiful little unfurling ferns deserved, that I happened upon near Glastonbury Tor.

But better to have sketched with wobbly hand than never to have sketched at all, as the bard would have said…