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Dianthus for the Rainbow Nation – a painting a day

June 11, 2010 Leave a comment

 this painting is framed and for sale £50

.   size 5 in x 8 in 13cm x 20cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

It rained and then it rained some more, but it will be dry for the weekend and it was dry for birthday boy’s barbeque. I am certainly not complaining as the watering was showing up as water on my knee.

It was wonderful to see the winter sunshine in Cape Town and spot how they shifted Gary Linnaker around all the time to get the shots. When No1 son was a baby we went to Cape Town for a long weekend one September (Presidents Day Holiday in Botswana) the queues to get up the mountain on the cable car were huge so we decided to take a stroll up a path, found it went to the top and walked up with the baby in a carrier frame. Amazing place, there’s a different climate on the top even though it’s so close to the town, and the plants…..

The most spectacular things in this garden at the moment are Allium schubertii and the climbing rose William Morris which is heartbreakingly beautiful. It flowers on the corner of the house on the path leading to the front door. I will make an etching from one of the Allium flowers to go with an older steel plate which used an impress of an Allium flower in soft ground (that’s an etching soft ground not boggy flower bed).

I hesitate to mention it but I have not seen a lily beetle here yet this year. The Mina lobata did have a flower which was lily beetle scarlet but something attacked it and it will need to grow back from the base. I have looked for culprits but can find no clear evidence.

One other extraordinary thing, the Nicotianum sylvestris which I neglected to pull up last autumn is sprouting from the base!! I thought it was an annual. The leaves are very strong smelling-tobacco bitter-and no snail has so much as nibbled it. An amazing survivor, it is definitely listed as an annual. It is growing in a bit of a rain shadow so would have been dry for much of the winter and not quite as cold as elsewhere in the garden but I lost things only three foot further out into the same border. N.sylvestris is one of my favourite plants growing about four feet high with hanging flowers of white which perfume the evening air. It is strategically planted near the covered sitting area which can be used for breakfast or a meal on a cooler or even damp evening. Once when some friends were over we sat there drinking coffee in a thunder storm and it was brilliant.

Today we picked three pounds of strawberries. Oh and I slipped and fell over crashing right through the bird netting….damn suffered complete loss of good humour.

Alison

#73 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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Dianthus Rainbow Loveliness – a painting a day

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lemonaday.   size 5 in x 8 in 13cm x 20cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

Today was another family birthday, all day today little snippets of the day he was born jump in and out of focus. I look at where I held my hand against his and compared the size and then look across the table at his hand now.

Today’s flower is Dianthus Rainbow Loveliness a subtle beauty if ever there was one.

We went out at the request of both boys and tried the menu on a midweek special at one of the nearest chinese restaurants, the China Brasserie, the deal is that for £12 you can order as many dishes as you want but you will be charged extra for any leftover food . Now that is the kind of challenge my boys can get their feet under. It was a brilliant way to test the menu,we ordered ten starters, liking the crispy wontun so much we ordered it twice. They had wrapped a prawn in a piece of fine pastry, tied a knot and deep fried it, it was crisp and very delicate.

The best of the main dishes was the beef with ginger and spring onions which had that zing so often missing from chinese food these days. The last takeaway we had was from a bigger restaurant the Tai Kar and it nearly put us off Chinese food for ever…the chicken bang bang grated on your teeth from the granulated sugar in it -vile,vile,vile,the sauces smelt like school dinner gravy and were underseasoned.

Alison

#72 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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