Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mostly Blues, Violets & Greens ...

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"Campanulas"
watercolors with pen & ink on paper
June 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Our garden, at the moment, is mostly filled with shades of green and a smattering of blues, blue violets, and violets. I didn't plan this color scheme, but up until now it's been a coolish spring into summer here and my 'showy' red and yellow tulips are long gone. The 'smattering' is provided by the campanulas that are currently in bloom.

The campanulas come back every year; they usually take over unless I thin them out. But it's a reliable plant, so I mostly let it sprawl where it wants to. :)

Tomorrow we're off to France for a month, so I won't see the reds, magentas and yellows that are yet to appear in our garden until I return! I hope they do well without me worrying over them. :D lol


au revoir,
Judy
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Before they died: Drawing a 'Lily Flowered Tulip' in my garden


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"Tulip Elegans"
colored pencils and ink on drafting film
May 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Last fall, around November, we were unable to replant a lot of the tulip bulbs that we had lifted after they had bloomed and died back in the Spring of 2014. However, much to our surprise, some of the bulbs we didn't lift (or we had missed) bloomed again this Spring! How nice for us. :o)

The tulip in the drawing above is a lily flowered variety (because the shape of the petals resembles a lily) named "Elegans Red". It is (was) so pretty.

I'm amazed they came back again ... but they're all gone now. :o( As soon as their leaves die back in about a month, we'll be lifting the bulbs and, hopefully, we will replant them in the fall of this year. We also just might buy a different variety of  'lily flowered' tulips bulbs to add to these!


tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lily of the Valley - Happy Earth Day!

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From my garden for 'Earth Day': a colored pencil drawing of a potted Lily of the Valley (Lelietje van Dalen).

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"Lily of the Valley" sold
6"h x 5"w, colored pencil on Stonehenge paper
April, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Instead of planting the lilies of the valley directly in the garden, I prefer to keep them in pots because, in my garden, they would take over. The bees would love that, but I'd have to thin them out all the time!  I love the smell when I walk by the pots and the bees do too. :o)

Happy Earth Day, 2015!




Judy
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