Tiger lilies – on a cold cloudy day. Nothing is actually blooming in the gardens after all the killing frosts we’ve had here…but tiger lilies were one of the flowers I didn’t get to paint this summer – so, I did them today.
Work in progress: Black Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail – underwings shown. I’d only known of the tiger swallowtail which is common here in New England. Then I grew celery and attracted the black swallowtail – they come for parsley, dill, carrot, etc. Then I planted a ‘gas’ plant (Dictamnus Albus) which is citrus enough to attract the Giant Swallowtail – they come for orange, lemon, etc. I love all butterflies and moths and keep track of what I see in my field guides.
I pulled from my inspiration file and found these Anthropologie garden items: wire plant stand and watering can. So, I built around those. (See pictured are the two brushes I use most: round 6 and liner.)
And, I just loved this little frog from a Birds&Bloom I’d stashed away years ago. Isn’t he adorable huddled on that hosta bud?!
An old eye-shadow compact makes a great watercolor travel set! Just take out the eye-shadow and put in tube paints. There’s even the slot for a travel brush ; ) I like to bring the water brushes though – so easy on the go painting – and I put it all in this little zippered pouch with the cute little gardening boy!
I got an old iron bathtub from a friend and have turned it into a water garden! I’ve got a white water lily, water hyacinth, and water lettuce. I did my research, read about snails eating algae and got some at a local stream.
For the winter my snails and tender water plants will live in vases in the sunny window sills. They seem to be doing well there ; ) They are fascinating creatures to observe! Next year I’ll stock my bathtub with a betta fish (they eat mosquito larve) and get some pitcher plant, arum, etc…
What I hope my water garden will look like next year: