Perennials · Plant Choices · Trees

Blackthorn – Christine Battle

Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn As Archie Miles in his book ‘Silva’ writes; “In much the same fashion as other small and shrubby trees of the hedgerow, blackthorn is frequently present but seldom noticed.” However in March and April it dominates the English countryside with its dense clouds of pure white blossom. I wanted to celebrate this… Continue reading Blackthorn – Christine Battle

Plant Choices · Trees

Hawthorn & Elderberry – Margaret Fitzpatrick

I chose the common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna for my submission, as hawthorn was one of the first plants that I painted when I started on my botanical journey some 20 years ago.  I live on the edge of the Cotswolds and many of the hedgerows along the lanes and roadsides around the area are filled with hawthorn… Continue reading Hawthorn & Elderberry – Margaret Fitzpatrick

Plant Choices · Trees

Field Maple – Susan Conroy

Trees are amongst the oldest living organisms in the world.  I have always loved observing and drawing them, with my favourites being the broad leaved trees.  As a member of Bedgebury Pinetum Florigium I have contributed several paintings of trees from their collection.  Acer campestre , known as Field Maple, is an often overlooked tree,… Continue reading Field Maple – Susan Conroy

Bulbous Plants · Perennials · Plant Choices

Babington’s Leek – Mally Francis

Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii – Babington’s Leek I was first introduced to this enchanting plant on a Botany Walk with Keith Spurgin on the Cornish North Coast. Keith is an Emeritus Recorder for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and passionate about his subject. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, a plant scientist, flora writer,… Continue reading Babington’s Leek – Mally Francis