Daily Sketch: Marigold

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 27, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 28, 2016.

June 28, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Marigolds are such a vibrant, hardy flower. They bloom  well into autumn, accentuating autumn’s colors. Some gardeners like to add them to their vegetable gardens to ward off pests.

This little one came from my dad’s green house. He had given me a couple of trays of them. I planted a little patch by my new water fountain. They contrast nicely with its sapphire blue color. Soon they will multiply, creating an even larger patch as summer moves on.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Things have been really busy lately as I finish up on my marathon gardening! I am planning on painting from my gardens this summer, so you will be seeing lots of flower photos, drawings and paintings! lol Hope you’re ready to join me in the gardens! Gotta love summer!!

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Daily Sketch: Petunia

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 25, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 25, 2016.

June 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

My dad gave me a tray of lovely wave petunias to plant in my gardens. Today, while I was imagining where I would plant them, I noticed this small bloom mixed in with the larger ones.

Although the larger ones were showy, there was something delicate and embracing about this little one. The other blooms shouted for attention, while this smaller one seemed content to just be itself.  Simple and comfortable with its diminutive size.

Much like people of the world; some are grand and others quiet in their approach or state of being. Both offer their own gifts. You just have to look a little closer to observe the quiet offerings of the  unassuming ones. Sometimes they offer the greatest lessons!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Cosmos

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 23, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 23, 2016.

June 23, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Cosmos must be one of the most easy-going flowers I know.  They sway gracefully within gardens,  floating along on gentle breezes. Their thin stems are both flexible and strong at the same time. Lacey leaves add to their airy appearance.

I found this little cosmos in one of the flower trays my dad gave me. I loved its miniature size and pretty color. It was destined to be my subject for today. I hope it brightens your day too!

Warmly,

Debbie

Floating plymouth

“Floating” was a white cosmos I painted from life in early autumn. I loved how it felt like it was floating in the air from its long thin stem.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~Luther Burbank

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Daily Sketch: Wild Daisy

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 21, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 21, 2016.

June 21, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Wild daisies pop up freely wherever they please. They look cheerful within wide open fields where they mingle with other wild flowers. I like how they sway in unison with tall grasses creating a natural rhythm. Gleefully, they dance about together.

Today I picked this daisy in tall grasses behind my house.  As the winds picked up, it too danced within the grasses.  It made me smile knowing that summer was just beginning. There will be many days ahead to frolic in fields filled with cheerful daisies and wild flowers!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. How about you? Do  you like wild flowers?

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Pansy, Dad & Greenhouse

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 20, 2016.

June 20, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I had a little visit with my dad on Father’s Day. He has been really busy the last couple of months planting tiny seeds and transforming them into beautiful plants. When I arrived he was in his greenhouse chatting with visitors who had also come to visit him.

It was delightful to see the fruits of his labor. His small greenhouse was filled to the brim with an array of fresh greenery and colors. Now that his job is done, he likes to send my brother and I home with trays of beautiful plants to add to our gardens.  We both know how lucky we are and are happy to receive them. Knowing that these plants began with dad’s hands makes our gifts extra special.

 I love pansies , so dad sent me home with a full tray of them. Today I sketched one of the pansies that were already in bloom in my tray. Now my marathon gardening begins! There are lots of fresh plants that need to find homes in my gardens.

Warmly,

Debbie


I’ll end this post with a few photos from my visit with dad and his greenhouse. 😀

Dad and I on Father's Day, 2016.

Dad and I on Father’s Day, 2016.

 

My husband Ian and Dad at the other end of dad's green house.

My husband Ian and Dad at the other end of dad’s green house.

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Dianthus in Dad’s greenhouse.

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with colorful moments! x

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

~Audrey Hepburn

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