Archive for April, 2012

Stellar Lights Iris

April 30, 2012

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Irises were some of the first flowers that Betsy and I planted after we moved to the Glade back in 2003.  We had to move them from the rock garden where they were first planted because they didn’t get enough light.  This is a painting of Stellar Lights iris, which is still  producing beautiful blossoms in spite of having been moved around.

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Sun Gold Tulip

April 26, 2012

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Our iris bloomed so early this year that I almost ignored our tulips.  Our tulips also did very well this year.  This is a painting of Sun Gold Tulip which brighten our yard in several beds this Spring.

Blatant Iris

April 24, 2012

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Betsy and I think we have many beautiful iris in our yard, but Blatant is probably the one with the most vibrant colors.  We’ve had it for several years now and we always look forward to seeing it in bloom.  One nice thing about this particular iris is that it will bloom again in early Autumn.

Hell’s Fire Iris

April 23, 2012

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The name “Hell’s Fire” is a little unsettling, but I’m guessing the name refers to the deep burgundy color of this iris.  Hell’s Fire was the first iris to bloom for us this year, and one of the nice things about it is that will bloom again in early Autumn.

The photo on which this painting is based is shown below and was taken in early April of this year.

Spring in the Glade

April 19, 2012

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We know Spring has arrived when the red bud trees in our yard burst into bloom.  The flag, blossoms and sky all proclaim that we have a beautiful day in the Glade.

Autumn Bugler Iris

April 17, 2012

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Our iris usually bloom in the latter part of April, but this year they started blooming at the end of March.  This is a watercolor of Autumn Bugler, which bloomed on April 2.

Biltmore’s Walled Garden

April 16, 2012

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Earlier this month Betsy and I paid another visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  We went specifically to see the tulips in the Walled Garden.  George Vanderbilt wanted the Walled Garden to be a ‘garden of ornament’, so the garden consists of symmetrical flower beds arranged in patterns.  The drawing above shows one side of the Walled Garden as seen from a hill overlooking the garden.

 
The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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From My Archives: Spring in the Glade

April 12, 2012

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Spring is a very beautiful time of the year here in the Glade.  I especially like it when the bright green new leaves are seen against a beautiful blue sky.  The blooming redbud trees in our yard are a nice bonus.

This scene was captured in April, 2010, from our front yard.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Sempervivum

April 10, 2012

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We have Sempervivum (hens and chicks) scattered about in several locations in our yard.  These succulents look good throughout the year, and they do well in rock gardens and in places where nothing else seems to grow.  Most of our hens and chicks are green, but a few are red, including the ‘hen’ in this drawing.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Dogwood Blossom

April 9, 2012

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We have a pink dogwood tree in our front yard.  This painting of one of the blossoms on the tree is based on a macro I took in late March of this year.