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06-03-2006, 08:05 AM
I thought it might be a good idea to share what is happening in my garden in June.

It seems everywhere I look I am reminded of my online friends and family!

This reminds me of Char,Uschi and Ruth who must surely cringe at my use of a camera!


I love how the sun has cast striped shadows on the striped clematis flowers.This really is a painting waiting to happen!

These are tall double Aquilegia/Grannies Bonnets.The petals look like tiny dainty fairy skirts so that is what I am working on at the moment from my imagination.


They also remind me of tutu's of ballerinas so Amelia and Violet pop into my mind when I look at them daily.


This massive flag Iris needs moving as it is in the wrong spot.It is by my study window and smells of heavenly vanilla ice cream so I feel hungry each time a breeze wafts the fragrance into the room!


The fountain looks very different now minus the Spring flowers but purple verbena will soon change the scene! This is Baileys very unusual water bowl!


Two beds are packed with day lilies and peonies from years ago.I've left them as they were originally planted and thought sharing a photo now before they blossom would be fun.I'll add a photo in a week or two when things change dramatically.The fence in the background is a tennis court.

Ruth I now look at all these trees and imagine you painting them!


I planted this Oriental poppy in the wrong place so when it finishes flowering I'll have to move it.

Uschi you did say I would over crowd things! You were right.This one is far too big for where I placed it :o


Rhododendrons with tall foxgloves pushing thru at the moment behind them.

This part is waiting for Summer flowers to take over.Lobelia and Monarda on one side with Golden Rod on the other and Geums.


This rose is called Fragrant Cloud and the scent is unbelievable.Definitely worth finding space for in any garden! A low hedge of lavender is in the background.


Taffy cooling down by rolling under a tree! This reminds me of Jaytee's Ginger for some reason!


This pergola is where I sit and paint weather permitting and where I intend to hold outside demonstrations during Summer workshops.


Fluffy pup Bailey just had to get in on the act!

Taffy just missed being in focus in the next shot,it wasn't my fault, he moved!


And this was when the Saxifrage was out.


The same scene now looks like this.


In a few weeks time when the fragrant pinks blossom it will look so different.

Anyway now you can see why I'm offline so much,painting and gardening in between travelling.

Have a glorious day.I am getting a wee bit better with my camera but still lagging way behind Stephie and Madmum. I'll get there one day!


06-03-2006, 08:21 AM
Lovely photographs!
The garden looks delightful. Perfect for summer workshops.

Looking forward to more photos and paintings from the garden:lol:


06-03-2006, 08:45 AM
WOOT !!!!........ If it wasnt cheating Id give you a merit award for improvement in camera technique :)

You have so much colour !!! Mine is mostly green purple and A bit of white at the moment !!! And guess what i just bought :)

See my note in the was re PBA :D

Love the Pergola............. I moved a cane construction around for a year and couldnt decide where to build one .. so built a balcony instead :D

Dying to plants some stuff in that gravel around Baileys water bowl ;)

06-03-2006, 09:03 AM
WOW! What a wonderful garden you have Jean.

You seem to have a nice succession of looms.

Excellent photos, I'll link this in the Photo Collections thread.


06-03-2006, 09:31 AM
Oh, how you must LOVE your home and yard... you live in a park, Jean!!! Gorgeous photos... thanks so much for sharing!

Oh... yup... love those clematis, too!

06-03-2006, 09:49 AM
Jean, it is beautiful. I too can see how your wonderful garden keeps you busy. I have a large back yard, and it keeps me unusually busy too, but because we live in the sub-tropics soon it will be too hot to work outside. I will get more painting done then!

06-03-2006, 10:20 AM
WOW!! what a beautiful "yard".
Thanks for sharing these pics Jean. You are getting better with the camera:D


06-03-2006, 10:28 AM
What a beautiful garden - makes me feel peaceful and relaxed just looking at the photos :) Wonderful place for summer workshops. May I snag that photo of the oriental poppy please? It is gorgeous.

06-03-2006, 01:49 PM
Snagged those stripped clematis!

I do approve of the dog's watering dish :D Not just any dog dish for those boys :D

06-03-2006, 01:59 PM
What a heavenly garden you have Jean! I especially love the first flowers you showed, the little stripey ballerina ones. :) How do you find the time to take care of all of these flowers?? Seems it would be a full time job! I can't tell which end of Taffy is what..LOL :lol: and..... your pictures are wonderful...you are definitely getting good with your new camera!! :clap: :thumbsup:

06-03-2006, 02:05 PM
Please please snag away.If ever a painting is a result of one of my photos I will be over the moon!

Amelia,you are quite right,my boys don't just have any dog dish! I wish I was quick enough to get a shot of Bailey standing on his hind legs drinking.He looks so funny.

Norah I hope you enjoy painting the poppy.I'll try to take a better photo for you. It really is so peaceful here.It's like my little bit of heaven.

Linda,I am trying.You should see the photos I picked up today! I'll try to be brave enough to add them tomorrow but sadly I'm in them.I prefer shots with just flowers but my DH got hold of the camera.

Bob I love your paintings so I almost feel happy it will be too hot for you to garden!

I KNEW you would Char! Love the clematis I mean! I think of you Uschi and Ruth each time I see gorgeous flowers.You all paint them so amazingly.

Thank you Doug,is "Looms" a Yorkshire term? I must try to find a blue shrub like yours. It's such a gorgeous shade of blue. If I find one when I look at it I'll think of apple pie!

Jaytee what would you plant around the fountain? I have shot of the purple verbena from last year but DH took it and I can't successfully crop me out of it.I guess I'm going to have to share a rare full face photo! What did you just buy?:)

Tricia I'm hoping one day you'll be sat in it and painting not just seeing photos.;) You are more than welcome any time.

I'll add more shots tomorrow in case anyone would like to snag flower photos.


06-03-2006, 02:07 PM
Beautiful!! Inspiring! I can't believe you
fit all this gardening in with all your other
work, projects and travel... All I can say,
Jean, is ... You are a WONDER! :) :) :)


06-03-2006, 02:08 PM
Hi Patty thank you.I'm laughing here.If you stroke the wrong end of Taffy I think he will quickly let you know! :lol:

It is a full time job but I treat is as part of my keep fit routine with a few hours a day now even in bad weather.I'm desperate for it to look colourful for my workshops.With no flowers there won't be much to paint other than practise different shades of green!

I'm not so brilliant with the camera yet.I'm only showing you the GOOD photos!!!!!!!!!:o

Hi Jo, not a wonder,I just have a lot of energy! And I love creating.

I'm thrilled you all like my garden as I'm beginning to really fall in love with it almost as much as painting.I never thought anything would compare to how I feel about watercolour!

rue d'oak
06-03-2006, 02:37 PM
YEOWZA what a garden. More like paradise. It is a wonder that you find time to hold a brush. I stuggle with a few boxes along the sidewalk. :p What joy the beauties in your garden must give you.

06-03-2006, 03:08 PM
Jean, what an incredible grden!!! I am very happy for you and :envy: at the same time because I love the idea of having enough space to have beds for different seasons.

To ensure that there is always something blooming in my little garden, everything is crammed in together and this year, the blackeyed susans have completely taken over and I am endlessly digging them out trying not to to kill the other plants in the bargain.

Personally, I would not paint in your paradise, I'd feel sorry for every minute I'd have to take my eyes off the whole:D


06-03-2006, 03:10 PM
Hi Jen,they bring me and many visitors joy.:)

I can't believe the photo I have just taken.I knows it's by accident but it's a wonderful abstract!


There is a wonderful wood behind our home and its filled with these amazing wild flowers.


I've just wandered around in the evening light taking a few photos to paint.If anyone would like to paint them too please snag away.




Isn't it amazing,no one does any gardening in the wood and its looks fantastic! Well maybe the gardener who created it knew what they were doing.

Back in the evening garden.I'm dying to paint this one.



And these!



And this!


And this maybe if I have time!


Please feel free to paint anything here and I will try to share more later.


06-03-2006, 03:13 PM
I'd love Black eyed Susies Uschi,are they yellow daisies with black centres?

I am having a ball walking around before we go out tonight.

I have some wonderful woodland shots to sort out which I'm certain will have everyone racing to pick up their paintbrush.I feel a woodland demo coming on!

Isn't this fun!


06-03-2006, 03:26 PM
Lovely, lovely garden, Jean!!!!
I couldn't tell which part or which plant i love the most. They all are a wonderful composition.
Absolute inspiring :clap: :clap: :clap:

Those blue ones in the last photos (don't know the english name) are amongst my favorites. I planted a bunch of them next to some huge yellow daisy-like flowers.


06-03-2006, 04:40 PM
Jean... you thought you'd only posted one abstract......but look at this shot of the Larkspur further down that appeared on my screen when it froze !!! :D


I was wondering how you got that :D Then realised ......You didnt :lol:

06-03-2006, 04:52 PM
Wow, JayTee ... it looks like it was knitted or crocheted.
Beautiful shot.


06-03-2006, 05:24 PM
Beautiful!!!! Looks like you have a massive estate. :thumbsup: :clap: I am still beside myself when I see such HUGE flowers. We don't see them anything like that here.

06-04-2006, 04:17 AM
Jean.....I am so :envy: of your garden, It's looking absolutely beautiful.......I think my postage stamp one would fit in it 100 times over and more.....and your photos definately are improving.....thank you for letting us take a peek at it

06-04-2006, 04:19 AM
Jean how big is your garden>>>

I love the photo of the lavender..

Thanks for sharing, I have subscribed tot his thread so I will be back when you add more pics..;)

06-04-2006, 04:26 AM
Hi Jutta,aren't they inspiring? I lay in bed last night dreaming of how I would paint which first.The delphiniums are in shades of blue or white throughout my garden and I love the ones with black centres.

I thought of Uschis reply with the black eyed susies and think yellow would set them off so well.Thank you both for the idea!

Jaytee WOW! That is amazing.I wonder if Dave can help me work out how I got the first photo and how on earth did you do that? I really am going to have a ball working with abstract flowers this week once everyone has left from a family weekend.By the way I was told these blue flowers are Monkswood which are highly poisonous.I had thought they were larkspurs too.Now I'm unsure what they are but I certainly don't pick them just in case.

Hi Becky,don't you have any large flowers there at all? Does the weather effect them maybe? We get so much rain normally our gardens thrive. I'm glad you like these.

Hi Nature Mosaic I would love to see your mosaics some time,how wonderful.Glass really does show off beautiful colours in such an effective way. My students gave me a gift of coloured glass at the end of las term in the form of a wonderful lamp and I love it.Thank you for replying and its nice to meet you as I see you are a new member.

Here is another shot that was developed in a bunch of old films yesterday.

Would you believe I used to model for hair shows etc?


You can see the verbena from last summer in the background and it's another faceless hair shot.I'm getting a great collection of these!:lol:

Here is a shot in Winter which was taken on a frosty sunlit morning.


I must learn how to take good close ups! Frost on the grasses would have been amazing if I was a good photographer.

These giant ferns grow in the woodland surrounded by wild blue forget me nots.When I was little I was told how the fairies used to uncurl each fern leaf carefully so it's tiny fronds wouldn't break in their rush to see each new day. My Grandfather was so brilliant at telling fairy stories.I see each flower in nature and think of him or something he told me.


Walking through scenery like this is so amazing each day.I just had to share these gorgeous flowers.


More later.


06-04-2006, 04:34 AM
Hi Stephie we crossposted.I would love you to see it in person and I have an idea of how. :) It is your photographs and Jaytees that are inspiring me. Dave as well altho I will never get to his level of expertise. I am loving getting to grips with my camera tho and the photo's only inspire me to paint even more. I realised yesterday how these might be useful to other members of W/C too so I'll share more as the flowers bloom each month.

It's a huge vicious circle.I visit a garden centre,fall in love with colour ,texture or form and think of how I would paint a plant.Then I will bring the new plant home and work out what colours go with what and create shapes in the garden which in turn have me racing for my paintbrush.I so hope the garden will inspire visitors in person or online.Then all the hard work will be worth it not to mention the times we all relax in it.

Hi JJ,It's a very old home and it has approximately three acres but it is also surrounded by woodland mostly which is natures garden full of wild flowers all year long.I must take some shots of the ox eye daisies and buttercups that have taken over from the cowslips at the front of the house to show you.People walking past our home keep stopping to take photos of them in sunlight.They're magnificent this year and they are resonsible for my daisy step by step demo which I shared in the learning zone.

I will be back!


06-04-2006, 04:46 PM
More eye candy... paradise... :envy: :envy: :envy:

Not :envy: of all the work, though!!! :eek:

06-04-2006, 06:24 PM
It certainly is a good thing we artists are color oriented :)
These garden and flower threads are just awesome ... I loooove
seeing all the different species and variations of colors...
But... I get tired just reading about all the work that Jean,
JT, and everyone puts into making them so gorgeous. I could
never do that even on a tiny scale...

Bravo to all the gardeners :)


06-04-2006, 09:35 PM
Jean, Your gardens are to die for!!! :envy: :envy: I would really like to paint some of these pics! Hopefully I will have a few minutes:) I have a new 'project' and will tell about in the wash!;);)


06-07-2006, 10:32 AM
Hi Char,you'd be surprised how little time it takes once the plants all fill in.Right now I'm at the stage I can really enjoy it all and paint from life in gorgeous light.

Hi Jo,sitting in it listening to birdsong is the very best bit.;)

Hi Linda,I love your new puppy,that will keep you fit!:)

I'll add more flower photos gradually in case anyone is looking for inspiration to paint them.

The peony beds are now starting to bloom! These beds are original and very old. These are the first peonies to flower this year. There are so many buds that I know each day they will get more and more exciting to view.


I love painting these gorgeous flowers.I learnt how to in China so my style has varied over the years from botanical,Chinese to loose!



There are brilliantly orange coloured roses on old buttresses in one long flower bed.



I hope I find time to go and paint in this little bit of heaven tomorrow.Weeks are flying by far too quickly!


I'll add more flower shots soon!


06-07-2006, 10:45 AM
Thank you for sharing your garden, Jean! :)

I am enjoying this thread so very much.


06-07-2006, 10:52 AM
Keep those beautiful pics coming Jean!
I am very much enjoying your garden too:D

06-07-2006, 10:56 AM
great photos and a beautiful garden. our clematis are heading off for a long winter nap and yours are just 'a wakin up...... how sweet!

06-07-2006, 12:38 PM
Beautiful garden Jean..a piece of heaven on Earth! Thanks for sharing with us.

06-07-2006, 01:22 PM
OMG Jean. :clap: Your garden looks like it needs to be in a magazine!! I haven't been on here in awhile because I have been busy getting a new job, buying a house and getting ready to move to Virginia! Whew! I have missed your posts, but I will be back on in a few weeks! :cat:

06-08-2006, 07:37 AM
Hello Grainne and Linda,thank you,I've come back to share more for you!

It's such a glorious day here I just had to share these!

Outside our home is a lane full of daisies and buttercups at this time of year.

People cycle past to enjoy them,dogwalkers stroll thru them and often you'll see folk walk away with arms full of flowers and it really is so beautiful.

I've just seen a local man who NEVER smiles grinning broadly at this sight and he even waved at me! Or maybe I imagined it because I would love everyone to smile today! ( He did really ! ;) )

This is where the step by step to painting loose daisies in the learning zone came from!



You can't move for daisies and buttercups!



Also the lupins are all out



And foxgloves



I'm listening to birds singing and I just couldn't resist sharing these scenes.

Joel how great is that! You can share flower photos while mine are all sleeping!

Pat you're welcome!

Suzi,you sound so busy.I'll miss you and look forward to your return.Take care of yourself.

And now I'm going to sit right in the middle of those daisies and paint them because both pups are fast asleep.


06-08-2006, 07:38 AM
I am a pathetic photographer,the daisies look so much better IRL !

06-08-2006, 10:03 AM
:D Those daisies made ME smile this morning too :D

What a gorgeous sight to see! You are truly blessed to have such beauty in your backyard...I can't even imagine how wonderful it must be...:heart:


06-08-2006, 10:06 AM
...btw, I have my own little file folder set up called 'Jean's Garden' and I am downloading all your beautiful pics, hopefully to be painted ;)


06-08-2006, 10:09 AM
You are doing your camera proud Jean!!! Don't forget the "others" have very expensive equipment, well, that's my excuse for my less than perfect photos.

Ahhhh, the daisies brought back memories of Austria, that's how the fields look there too.

I am always amazed how we here in Canada (Ontario - cold) catch up to you Brits. In early spring you are almost a month ahead with your tulips and daffodils and by beginning of June we have caught up to you because our peonies and lupins are blooming too.

Wonderful photos, keep them coming!!!

06-08-2006, 01:53 PM
Jean, your gardens are gorgeous!! thanks for sharing them with us!

06-08-2006, 02:05 PM
:D :thumbsup:


06-08-2006, 02:24 PM
Wonderful garden. You can also never say your can't take good pictures either....

06-09-2006, 02:06 PM
Linda I can't wait to see your paintings.I know they'll be fantastic.

Uschi you are so kind! I really am fairly useless with the camera but compared to how I took photos with the digital two months ago I think I'm getting a wee bit better thanks to all the inspirational shots I see in W/C regularly.I'll keep trying and thank you.:heart:

Hi Lyn and Billie.:wave:

Oh Mike I've a long way to go with a camera but I'll keep trying.Your fantastic photos in Dallas are superb!

Well it's just as well I took the photos of the daisies as the country lane they grow along is being dug up this week! I'd best make the most of them this weekend!!!!!!!