Can't work on painting wildflowers without including poppies! Actually, I found it fairly challenging to match the orange (I was using pictures from online as reference photos). I also need to work on shading to get the form better. I love this learning process, though.... 🌸☀️✨❤️
In all my years of gardening, I have never had my garden respond this well this quickly ever before. This is the most diverse I have ever had a garden and it makes me so freaking happy to see them blooming and thriving despite it being hot as butt out here. California wildflowers are the best!! And they're also starting to attract more various types of pollinators which makes me extra happy :) now the bees have more food 😃🐝 Also excuse the shitty picture koalaty, these were taken with my phone x(
I was sitting by this sunflower for over a half hour trying to get a picture of the native bees that were visiting it. But they were fast little guys and my iPhone camera can only be so quick! 😒 After nothing but blurry, unfocused pictures I just gave up.
As I was standing up to leave I thought I would give it one last try and so I haphazardly took a picture without even looking at my camera and voila! 😍Somehow this beautiful shot was the result!! A nice reminder for me to let loose a little, some of the best things happen out of your control.🌻🐝
Sunflower pictured: Helianthus gracilentus
Nasturtium leaves and flowers are just so sick.... and completely edible.
Trapaeolum majus has been naturalized in several states in the US and in Europe, likely as a garden escape, but is native to South America. It has long been used in Andean herbal medicine for its disinfectant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Garden nasturtium, or Indian Cress, has unique, distinguishable leaves that are nearly circular and shield-shaped, with white veining. The long stem of the leaf is attached to the center of the leaf rather than the base (peltate). The flowers are showy, with a long nectar spur, and can vary from yellow to orange to red, and the whole plant is edible.
Trapaeolum was named by the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus. His 19 year old daughter Elizabeth, a budding botanist, noticed a flashing light coming from the flowers at dusk, and wrote a paper about it, which was then published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1762. At first thought to be caused by electricity or phosphorous, it is now understood to be an optical illusion, caused by the way our eyes perceive color as daylight fades.
The phenomenon is known as the Elizabeth Linnaeus Phenomenon.
British journalists published her discovery and Erasmus Darwin (Charles's grandfather) made many passionate mentions of it in poems in his book, The Botanic Garden.
Through Darwin's publishings, Elizabeth's findings ended up having a big influence on the pioneers of English Romanticism, Wordsworth and Coleridge, for whom botany was an obsession.