This is a very different setting for my second Agapanthus collage, with granite boulders in the foreground and a sandy bay beyond. Everything is light and openness and air.
Hydrangea aspera is delightful at any scale including the confines of this one foot square format. Now I must take the shrub back out into the light and air where it can once again delight the hover-flies. For more details on this textile square http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/hydrangea-aspera-0
Some pieces of art fall effortlessly into place, others are fought for. I hope you feel I have won the battle for this combination of plants that enchanted me. For more details see http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/agapanthus-hydrangea-aspera
For all the lure of fascinating plants to work from, I have begun putting together the final pieces, beginning with Agapanthus with Hydrangea aspera.
The National Dahlia Collection at Varfell grows within sight of St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. The field is filled with colour, with the dahlias taking many different forms. This year the single flowers were particularly fascinating to me and the bees. As you can see from this tiny video there was quite a buzz.
Knapweed has chosen to grow in my garden and although a 'wild flower' I have come to realise it is a real favourite with insects, so have welcomed a swath of these rich purple flowers. A collage of Knapweed with golden grasses and lots of bees is my plan for these flowers.
Gladiolus papilio with a Southern Hawker dragonfly and just enough blue sky to prove the sun can shine during our soggy summer; certainly inspiration for a new piece of art.
This wonderful Hydrangea aspera was flowering next to the dark blue Agapanthus outside the studio and I loved the combination, so now it has come inside and Hydrangea flowers are joining the collection.
Deep, saturated blue; agapanthuses are surely one of the best flowers at celebrating blue. I am now planning three different scenarios to present them, but will carry on working frantically to capture their beauty before completing any artworks.
Love-in-the-mist as companion to the white Romneya Poppies and blue Agapanthus. I like the wiry structure of Nigella that will complement the more substantial flowers.