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

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

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The Bluebell – © Tina Bone

Watercolour completed 3rd July 2017, Artist Code: 1703 Painted on Aquarelle Arches hot pressed 140lb 100% cotton rag paper, size: 14″ x 20″ The field trip for resource material for this painting was very easy: the bluebells – Hyacinthoides non-scripta, were growing in a little wood on my golf course (I am Lady Captain this… Continue reading The Bluebell – © Tina Bone

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The Bee Orchid – Elaine Allison

This small flamboyant furry flower is found mostly on base rich soils.  I live in Cambridge and the surrounding countryside has areas of managed chalk land. These provide perfect habitats for this species and in the right soil type and with protection from aggressive grass species they will spring up even in urban situations.  Although,… Continue reading The Bee Orchid – Elaine Allison