I tell people that I don’t garden, but that’s not strictly true. There are three small rows of peas, nine hills of potatoes, strawberry and raspberry plants in my veg garden and as usual, my harvest will be poor. If things grew better in that spot, I might try harder, but I can’t be both a painter and an avid gardener. I just don’t have that kind of time!
I do love my flowers, and so I’ve worked to find flowers that I love, that are easy to care for and provide lots of colour in our northern (Zone 2-3) region. From a distance my beds may not look that impressive; this one is at the side of the yard and driveway:
But when you get in a little closer, there’s lots to love. Grape hyacinths, tulips and irises to bloom in spring, and right now is lily and delphinium season:
I bought these pink lilies at a garage sale, and they have multiplied ridiculously. I have realized that I don’t really love lilies. I am crazy about delphiniums though. They are a watercolour painter’s dream. The colours! From traditional blues…
…to white, purple and pinky-mauve…
This new colour I nabbed last year and is just incredible. It’s a blue-violet at the edges, but the centres are apple-green. I keep blinking, thinking I am seeing wrong. I love it so much. Every year I plant hanging baskets and it takes forever for them to fill out and look good. This year I spent a few dollars more on already planted baskets and I am so glad I did. They are exuberantly full of cascading colour.
I didn’t go with a colour scheme, just picking up whatever looked pretty, and I love the riot of colour.I am so thankful for flowers. They inspire me all the time, and I gain a new appreciation for colour when I study the complexities of colour and tone in these beautiful blooms.