Sunday, July 23, 2006
EDM 76 More Flowers
I plucked a stem from one of my many rose mallows to bring indoors to sketch yesterday. These shrubs were given to me by my neighbor and seem to multiply like rabbits when I'm not looking. Most of them are way above my head in height and so I think this year I'll have to give them a good 'cut.'
I brought the blossom indoors to sketch as the heat and humidity was quickly wilting both the blossom and me. Unfortunately, these flowers don't last long in water, and so I had to snap a photo to complete the sketch before the petals completed closed and withered.
This morning, I noticed that my purple balloon flowers were opening. These are so unusual - they begin their lives as balloon-ish looking, yellow-green buds that swell and resemble a balloon being inflated. The few plants I do have are surrounded by rudbekias, also in bloom, and I couldn't get my chair close enough to the balloon flowers to sketch them. I opted to snap a photo by tenderly wading into the bed trying to avoid crushing the thick clusters of flowers. I snapped a few photos and sketched this from both memory and photo.
I have to admit that I am always in a dilemma about bringing my flowers indoors. I just LOVE walking around the property and seeing the pretty blossoms -- they tend to surprise me with color and scent. And though bringing some of the blossoms indoors to grace the house would also be delightful, I tend to leave them in their beds for the insects to enjoy as well.