Our native Holly, Ilex aquifolium, decked out in its distinctive red fruits brings to mind winter weather, festive gatherings and decorative wreaths. It has been used for centuries to protect homes from evil spirits and as a fertility symbol, indeed the Romans sent Holly branches with presents during the festival of Saturnalia. Various names of… Continue reading The Holly and….
Recording wild plants by drawing and painting in watercolour is something I have been doing since I was a teenager. The most important part of the process for me is to convey the life and habit of the plant, something which birdwatchers refer to as the ‘gizz’ of the species. To do this one needs… Continue reading Drawing Native Plants – Annie Morris
I have always been interested in drawings and painting as well as gardening. I found that by doing the Diploma in Botanical Illustration Course – an English Garden School course tutored by Anne Marie Evans at the Chelsea Physic garden (part time from 2002 – 2004) I was able to combine the two. It wasn’t… Continue reading The Guelder Rose – Jackie Copeman
Immature Elms are still quite abundant in woods and hedgerows but because of the ravages of Dutch Elm disease the elegant trees that once graced our English landscape are now rare. A new generation of people has grown up not knowing the iconic, beautiful growth of the mature Elms. The tale of the Elm is… Continue reading The Elm – Roger Reynolds
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
Burnham Beeches is famous for its ancient Beech pollards. A few years ago I drew one of these trees with its gnarled hollow trunk. The tree may be 500 years old, and possibly began life as a bundle of saplings planted together in one hole, so that as the young trees grew their… Continue reading The Beech Tree – Pamela Taylor
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