Plants of the Month
Not just one plant but the harmony of a whole collection gathered over many years. Some are treasured gifts like the white-blossomed Morello Cherry tree which was a wonderfully thoughtful retirement present from my Albert Road Church Art Class and is a precious memory of my happy times with them and the Church members who looked after us all so well.
It's lovely to see all my favourites re-appearing once again.
The apple trees are full of blossom. I've been told that five fruit trees are classed as an orchard so perhaps my three actual trees and two step-overs qualify? I'm not a fan of Spanish bluebells but I inherited these and they do look lovely with the blossom and Oregano.
Artisans Corner News
I've painted a watercolour of a red squirrel to celebrate the re-opening of the shop. It's an addition to my British Wildlife Series. I've based the woodland background on nearby Dinas Powys woods. I'm well aware there are no red squirrels there but they are full of bluebells and my favourite tiny white wood anemones which feature in the painting.
I love the Spring woodland, it takes me back to my childhood in Weston-Super-Mare where I spent many happy hours in the woods. I missed them so much when I moved to Cardiff in my early teens. Dinas Powys woods are very similar, both have mostly deciduous trees, bluebells and wood anemones. I have always felt at home in them too. They are a complete joy to wander in, the perfect place to be.
"Red Squirrel in Spring Woodland" prints are available as framed Bijou prints price £30 or in a 10 x 8 inch mount ready to frame for £15.