Monday, September 14, 2009
During our Open House this Saturday, one of our students brought in several enormous 'Angel Trumpets' to display. He's been growing them for several years, and I couldn't believe not only the size of the plants AND the flowers, but the gentle peach color of this one.
In our area, Angel Trumpets are treated as 'tropicals' meaning that they can grow outdoors during warm weather, but must be kept indoors or in the greenhouse to overwinter. Our cold winter weather will not allow them to survive outside.
While we waited for buses to bring guests to the Arboretum, I sat on the sidewalk to sketch this pretty, and then painted it when I got home. I must admit that I had to paint it twice - I kept loosing that delicate color and had to show a lot of restraint not to darken the trumpet! But these were such an eye-catching addition to our exhibits - those enormous flowers just hanging like silenced bells from dark, big leaves and stems. Beautiful plants.
It's another, sigh, busy week. Today I work with my students to design the kitchen garden. Their plants are about ready to place, and I want to discuss companion planting, edible flowers, and design elements prior to our final planting. It's supposed to be in the 80sF today, so I'm expecting more color on my face!
I'll be off line until late tonight ...
I hope you have a great day.