Sweet Pea Vine

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These winter skies cast a grey light in my photos!  Ah, well – at least spring will come soon!  I’m looking forward to seeing these pink sweet peas in my garden again.  They’re a perennial pea, or Everlasting pea.  They don’t have any frangrance like the annual sweet peas.  It’s a vigorous growing plant that will readily reseed and spread.  I put it by my front door where it gets all the hot, direct, summer sun and it has thrived!  It reaches 8 feet tall and blooms happily.  The hummingbirds like it too ; )

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Cup and Saucer Vine

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I’m picking up an old personal project again – I’d started a series of flowering vines in the fall and this one got inked in and then sat waiting for paint the last couple months!  So far I’ve done Honeysuckle, Blue Morning Glories, Clematis, and Burple Bell Vine…do you have any favorite flowering vines you’d like to see illustrated?  My Mom already wants me to paint another blue morning glory because I sold the other one last week.  She wants her own to hang up on the wall ; )

Overcoming *Winter Malady*

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I deal with seasonal effective disorder every year about this time.  It’s been weeks since I cleaned out the gardens for the season.  All the songbirds have long ago flown south.  It will be many more weeks until there are any seeds to plant.  My happy place (my gardens/door yard) is burried under snow.  There’s no green, no warm sunshine, no butterflies and bees visiting the garden flowers…

So, to combat the long winter days, I cultivate my houseplants, grow new plants, force bulbs, and take cuttings.  I continue to paint the flowers inside.  I plan and dream about all the gardening to be done as soon as spring arrives again.  I practice thankfulness – for the beauty of winter, the comforts of home, the love of family.  I drink SO much tea, read gardening books and wildflower field guides, eat chocolate, and cut paper snowflakes to hang in the windows ; )

What do you do to overcome the winter blues?  There’s a lot of hype about Hygge right now and when I read about it, it sounds like a great way to cope with winter.  Starting a puzzle, making cookies, reading a book, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life with your family and friends.

Paper Flower Bouquet

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I’m missing the fresh-cut flowers that I bring in from the gardens all summer long!  Heading into the *desolate* days of winter can be a trying time for me – I yearn for the green and growing things!  Making this paper flower bouquet certainly brightened my day though!

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Orange Lilies

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I found this unfinished from the summer and got it done today ; )  I don’t have any orange lilies like this in my garden, so I don’t know where the original inspiration would have come from…maybe a bouquet from a friend’s garden?

Purple Bell Vine

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Here’s the fourth in my series of flowering vines: Purple Bell Vine.  This is such a unique plant!  Do any of you have one of these?  It’s a tropical plant, so I can’t grow it in my cold climate.  I love the way the flower is surrounded by the pretty pink sepals!

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Honeysuckle Vine

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Here’s the honesuckle vine – I’m enjoying this series of flowering vines so far!  I like the way the stems twist and turn around eachother.  I’ve doing research on what species of honeysuckle to grow for the hummingbirds.  I want something with a pretty flower, like this one I’ve illustrated, but I don’t know if I want to deal with an invasive plant!

Climbing Vine

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I had some time to draw and paint today!  (My time for painting has been sporadic this fall!)  It’s so nice to get my paints wet again and mix some colors!  I started with this clematis vine.  I love the muted pinks…time to take a break from this though and do some laundry and baking.

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