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Mljet – a painting a day

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday I arrived in Mljet after having a bit of an altercation in the queue for very limited numbers of tickets. The quieter but very annoyed English and Spanish people in the queue seemed pleased when I did my outraged English matriarch turn on a queue jumper. He tried to brazen it out but gave in.
This is an exquisite island, there is a nature reserve where the woodland is composed of Aleppo pines, strawberry trees, Viburnum tinus, myrtle, tree heather, junipers various and cistus. There are figs, carobs and olives too. If I had been here in the spring there would have been thousands of flowers,but now it is just a yellow thistle( the Caroline Thistle? ), and what looks like a wild carrot. The fish in sea make snorkeling addictive. I am still pretending to be a feeding octopus by making a little cloud of sediment – it attracts some lovely fish who are then under my nose for a while. There is also a salt water lagoon which is warmer than the sea, in that there are fewer fish but there are some giant bivalves, fan mussels? They look about a foot long.
Here are some pictures one of the tomato and one of Lastovo from Korcula.

 size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm  watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

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

104-a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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Three early peaches –a painting a day

May 29, 2010 Leave a comment

 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lemonaday.   size 4.5 in x 7.5 in 11cm x 18cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

It has actually rained I forgot to check how much rain but it looked like a good bit over several hours. Dock seedlings now lift out of the wet soil with just a tug.

I was being a complete degenerate and was slumped over the kitchen table doing the Suduko before I had read the news…..then a tall Swede turned up on the doorstep with a large bamboo in a pot. He says it is very invasive but what it is is now unknown. We will put it behind the rhizome barrier and let it romp with the golden bamboo and the Geneva( unknown species) bamboo and the Clerodendron bungii which I bought from Fergus Garrett when he visited the Horticultural Society to give a talk about Great Dixter. It even stopped raining long enough to go round the garden with a cup of coffee with him. Lovely unexpected visit and present, husband was very keen to show off his rhizome barrier and associated bee colony.

Incidentally none of the bamboo seed bought from Germany germinated despite a heated propagator and plenty of humidity. This means that we will need to find some other things to fill the back of the rhizome barrier area. We do still have a voucher for Architectural Plants so perhaps a trip over there is the way to go. It’s one of my favourite nurseries as they grow the plants and know what will work…for instance when I asked for a Strawberry tree(Arbutus) they said” Where do you live?” When I told them they replied “It will die in your clay! Let’s find something that will survive.” We bought a large specimen of Osmanthus yunnanensis instead, which is making a neat lollypop shaped tree at the far end of the side garden. Eventually it will give a little evergreen screening from the houses on the main road. This tree was probably the single biggest investment in the garden apart from fences and hedges but it has a quiet classic charm all of its own and scented flowers in February. 

There are three little peaches in today’s painting, just a simple still life.

Alison

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

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