Although Cornwall Open Studios is fast approaching (starts on Saturday) I am still deeply immersed in my Squacco collage. I want to convey the richness of flowering around my pond so am working on Candelabra Primula, one of my favourite waterside plants.
A detail of my Squacco Heron with its reflection. I was fortunate to have both Iris siberica and Cotton Grass in my hoard from last year, so am experimenting with placing them in the foreground.
Here is the Squacco Heron, now for its reflection.
I walked down the valley to Treryn Dinas early this May morning with the sun shining. The flowers are wonderful there each spring but I have never seen a finer show, all with the backdrop of surging waves against a granite shore.
A visitor came to my garden last week for a little light fishing. A rare visitor to Britain, the Squacco Heron comes from the Southern Mediterranean. My pond and surrounds are looking particularly gorgeous at present with flowers bursting into bloom so I feel I must create a collage to celebrate this unique moment in my garden's history.
Delivering work to Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelissick I wandered into the garden to see if the wisterias were in flower. As you can see they are perfect, and for anyone in Cornwall they and the gallery are worth a visit.
A soggy Bank Holiday weekend (much needed rain) encouraged devotion to the studio and my poppy field is thriving.
This video offers a flavour of the botanical tour to Crete with Greentours http://www.greentours.co.uk/ The leaders offered expert knowledge, good humour and enthusiasm. They took us to stunning places with extraordinary flowers. A wealth of material for my future work. If anyone is interested in plants in the landscape in the wider world check them out.
Having begun a mock-up of Field Poppies for the photographer on Tuesday it seemed crazy not to continue so out of season as it is here a new collage of Field Poppies and Barley taking shape on the table.