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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

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The Crab Apple – Maggie Martin

After doing a variety of different art courses which looked at different techniques and styles Maggie found she really enjoyed botanical illustration. The precision of depicting plants appealed  and she decided the way to improve her work and get expert guidance would be to enrol onto the distance learning diploma with the Society of Botanical Artists. … Continue reading The Crab Apple – Maggie Martin

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Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

Although a native plant, Rosebay willowherb, Chamaenerion angustifolium, was not well known before the twentieth century. John Gerard the famous sixteenth century herbalist and plantsman knew of it as a rare plant growing in rocky, shady places in the north of England. He obtained some seeds and grew it in his London garden where, although ornamental and… Continue reading Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

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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