Thursday, June 23, 2016

Garden Sketches - Roses, Lavender, Peonies; all the favorites!

My favorite time of year here in New England - summer, glorious summer! This climbing rose is the most fragrant thing, right by our front door! The little nest had been abandoned, and built within the canes of the rose, mid-way up the pillar! Isn't that a romantic little home? Except for it being in a rather busy spot...and later being blown out by a storm! Now, as for the sketchbook itself, it's made by Nujabi, from India, and is a very soft beautiful handmade paper with a deckled edge. It used to be my favorite paper. But I've found one that I like much, much more! (which I'll talk about in a later post). I've been enjoying using a Lamy Joy fountain pen to draw with, and use a variety of watercolors (Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham). In some areas with finer detail I use a Pitt permanent pen.

The front garden is so inviting! I love being in this area! The fragrances are wonderful, and when one plant goes out of bloom, another is just coming into bloom! The peonies have just gone by, the roses are still hanging in there, and the lavender is just bursting open! Oh the color and fragrance!
We have 2 different varieties of peonies, one is pink and the other white (but do I remember the names?, no, that's what I depend on my garden guru hubby to do for me!...I remember the fragrance and color!).  The white variety in the front garden is heavenly! 
 Just a nice spot to sit for a short while...not to linger very long. But it certainly is inviting to come home to!

The pale pink rose is along the fence, it took a hit from a winter thaw followed by a snow storm. During the thaw, it was just long enough for things to start budding. Froze back most of my hydrangeas, too. The darker pink rose is wonderfully fragrant, and a lovely climber. We've trained it up the pillar on the front porch. 
 One of my lavender varieties, the darker purple Hidcoate is beautiful! I just love the color! It's shorter in height than the lavender grosso variety we are also growing, but the fabulous color certainly makes up for that! What are your favorite garden plants? I have to admit - our gardens have turned out to be so satisfying! The work never ends, but the results are so delightful!

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Blogger Julie Ford Oliver said...

Hi, Roxanne - what lovely surroundings you have. I totally enjoyed this whole post. My personal favorite is the story about the nest and the beautiful painting you did of it. You have a very sensitive vision with watercolor. Looking forward to finding out which paper you like so much.

June 28, 2016 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks so much Julie! and without further favorite sketchbook paper is the orange covered pad of Garzapapel! It's wonderful...and I'm ready to purchase my 3rd one of these spiral bound sketchbooks. The paper has a 'softish' finish - but it holds up much better than the Nujabi. And the surface is so nice, a cold press. Anyways, it is the most delightful paper I've set a brush to! I've been having a blast coming back to watercolor these last couple years, after a 14 year break!

June 28, 2016 at 8:58 PM  

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