The Morello Cherry is fruiting for the first time. A gorgeous retirement present from my Albert Road Painting Group two years ago, it had a challenging start with a severe drought in its first year which affected its establishment. I kept it watered and moved a couple of large pots between it and the sun to keep the soil temperature down and now it is romping away.
I'm not too hopeful of picking any cherries, I am told the birds always get there first!
In the early morning at this time of the year the sun makes a bold entry into the vegetable garden through a narrow space between neighbouring houses, stage-lighting the young paeony leaves. I suspect I am not the only gardener in Penarth who is out in their gardens in their dressing-gowns at 5.30 am to sort out the slugs and snails!
Artisans Corner News
Two new oil on deep canvas flower paintings of Clematis this month. They are mounted on a a neutral board set in a soft grey-green frame. They can be purchased separately but have been framed as a potential pair. I planted these over twenty years ago. Sadly pink C. Nelly Moser (left) died a few years ago but rich red C. Westerplatte (right) is currently flowering and looks as lovely as ever.
It is the Penarth Open Studio Trail this month, full details on our leaflets which are available at Artisans Corner and other local shops.
Finally my watercolour painting recording the naming and dedication of the lifeboat Spirit of Penarth 11 is completed. I feel so honoured and proud to be commissioned by the RNLI, a dedicated and much respected organisation, to create this painting for them and the generous people of Penarth who funded it.