Midsummer, meadow, wildflowers and a tiny seasonal journal

August 2, 2016

The meadow keeps meadowing along with wildflowers and grasses going thru their season an I keep walking thru it taking photos and marvelling at how beautiful it all is.

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Right now there are tons of peacock butterfly caterpillars on the ragwort munching away. I can’t wait for them to metamorphose into the beautiful adult forms which will feed off the teasel blossoms before the teasels form seeds and feed the goldfinches.

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I was wondering how to capture all of this in art and remembered that tiny autograph book I found at the steam rally.

That little book seemed like the best place to capture the meadow.

It belonged to a child named Clare and she started it in 1954.

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I chose the bright yellow ragwort blossoms for the front inside cover and first page.

Watercolours weren’t opaque enough, so I used a little acrylic paint.

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Then some wild brambles with their chalky, purple-blue stems.

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Nightshade,

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Wild cherry, which is already starting to colour and drop leaves because it’s been a little too dry lately.

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Herb Robert,

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Grasses,

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Himalayan balsam. I love how the seed heads pop open to the touch.

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On the go right now are evening primrose and morning glory and I have room for 17 more wildflowers…

…while the meadow keeps doing its own thing.

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I’m rushing to document it all before the autumn settles in.

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7 Comments

  • Reply daryledelstein August 2, 2016 at 3:30 am

    have i mentioned how much i admire your skills? maybe 2 yrs ago now i bought a journal i have saved up all sorts of ‘stuff’ but cant bring myself to actually begin … years and years ago when i worked as a project coordinator i kept a journal … needed to keep track of expenses and due dates .. into it i pasted all sorts of ‘stuff’ … so i know i can do it, i think i need a kick in the tush to get going … tho i will never be able to do what you do .. my drawings are pathetic …
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  • Reply Annette Gendler August 2, 2016 at 7:59 am

    What a beautiful project! Your drawings go so well with that little girl’s collection of poetry. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the Himalayan balsam.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks August 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Love those bumblebee photos!

  • Reply Pondside August 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I have my mother’s autograph book from the 1930’s and it is a treasure. I’d like to think that if no one in the family had kept it that it might have been put to a use as lovely as this.

  • Reply Dewena August 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This is enchanting, Veronica! Clare would be so proud to know about this.

  • Reply tinyWOOLF August 5, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    you’re teaching me names of flowers and plants now! thank you! n
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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm August 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Nature is so special. I love marvelling at it too! Your drawings are do beautiful at first glance I thought they were tiles. You are so clever. Hugs

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