Plants of the Month
Last of the fabulous Autumn leaves on this dwarf Prunus that grows up the slopes of Mount Fuji. I've had it several years now and it gives such a lot to the garden - white Spring Blossom, elegant foliage, changing Autumn colour and a pretty skeletal shape through Winter
The cyclamen flowers are coming to an end and pretty, patterned foliage is replacing them, complemented by brightly coloured fallen leaves. Nothing stands still in a garden but that its greatest joy. It will be cold, wet and probably snow but we gardeners watch the Spring bulbs push their first leaves through the soil and we can see small flower buds on shrubs and trees. Spring is never really that far away - and gardeners are born optimists.
Artisans Corner News
I painted the original sketch of the pier deckchairs when I first moved to Penarth over forty years ago. There really were deckchairs on the pier then. It's always been popular - a lovely nostalgic memory of Penarth's much-loved pier - and now I have edited it by extending the it and re-painting the sky to produce a new large print. I will also use it in my triptych pictures. Large prints will be in the shop from Monday, small prints and tryptychs will follow.
I have added 5-card packs to my British Wildlife Series. Like the other 5-card packs, they retail at £8.00 (one card free) with the current SIPS offer of 50 pence off each pack.