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January Blues with Pics.(No not snow)

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Outside it is cold and horrible and my plants are refusing to grow,Having said that there is some white showing on snowdrops, can see a few Crocus and there are buds on some Hellebore’s, so not all doom and gloom.
However to give me something new to read i purchased a copy of kingdom Wards< The land of the Blue Poppy>(first printed 1913).And< In a Gloucestershire Garden >By Canon Ellacombe (first printed in 1895)So i am really getting up to date, Kingdom ward is well known and I already have several of his books,
Canon Ellacombe is local to me his parish was large and extended almost to my door step,He kept Sir Joseph Hooker then at Kew supplied with many plants ,in one piece of his writings he complains that they kill most and want another lot the following year ,that research is ongoing,I will tell you more one day suffice to say many plants now common in our gardens were first distributed by him.
Perhaps i should mention Pauline looks in despair when they arrive as she thinks I already have far to many books, the first ones i bought in the sixties.And Jamie thinks it should be food parcels.
Now my love of the blue poppy goes back to that time and i have painted it several times and below are probably my favorites.


This one to suit today’s taste


This one more botanical and painted several years ago,
Thats the best i can do for now in a few weeks I may have real flowers.can’t wait

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lovely pictures and a spectacular flower ~ its one i love too. can you tell me more about the book 'the land of the blue poppy'? am i right in thinking that would be nepal? a non-fiction book?

8 Jan, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Sticki
This particular one revolves around time spent in western China and Tibet,non fiction he was a Botanical Collector,Explorer, Mountaineer Photographer and many more things.I have only had it a few days and I think some of it will be heavy going.If this sort of thing does it for you buy The Plant Hunters by Toby Musgrave & Chris Gardner.this is the book mentioned By David earlier in the week,it is very readable and i am sure Amazon can find it new and pre used.
Brian

8 Jan, 2011

 

ah tibet ~ thats what i was thinking of ~ not nepal.
not sure if i can manage 'heavy going'
but a readable book would suit me better ~ i might just have a little look on amazon! thanks.

8 Jan, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Sticki
Just had a look on amazon could not believe the prices looks like it would cost £30.00 secondhand and they have a new one offered from the States at£114.00 they are on a mission.the original new price was £20.00 thats what I paid.
Tomorrow I will look at the AGS bookshop.

8 Jan, 2011

 

that is a bit more than i was expecting!!!
at least you know you have a valuable book! dont worry i have a little pile of other books to read which will keep me going for a while
it may be one to look out for in the charity shops! they have a charity book shop in my town.

8 Jan, 2011

 

lovely pictures brian .......... i have kept the card and am going to frame it , its so lovely !!!!! you are very gifted !!!

8 Jan, 2011

 

I quite agree Cristina, he's a talented one that Brain.

8 Jan, 2011

 

I just love the first painting, the way the petals are curving and the hairy buds. I am determined to try and learn how to paint this year. I would love to fill my walls with colourful flower paintings. I am fed up of just doing grapes. lol. I once saw a painting of a plate of fruit done in bronze colours and I fell in love with it and it got me started on trying to paint fruit.

9 Jan, 2011

 

all the best homebird ~ i wish i could draw
but for now i will just admire Bjs pictures!

9 Jan, 2011

 

Fantastic pictures Bjs, will follow Sticki's line and look in charity shops for the book.

9 Jan, 2011

 

sometimes libraries sell off old stock too ~ so i think i shall try that as well.

9 Jan, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Sticki have you seen the PM I sent last night they are ex library

9 Jan, 2011

 

yes i noticed that ~ its what reminded me ~ thank you! I replied.

9 Jan, 2011

 

Wonderful painting Bjs. I rather like that tree too (to the left of the botanical poppy) !! Clever you.

9 Jan, 2011

amy
Amy
 

I love the Blue Poppies to Bjs , I grow them each year from the seed I collect after they have flowered , I think my plants in the garden have been killed off this winter , I will be very surprised if they haven't been :o(

9 Jan, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Amy i collect the seed as well,Don't know about the plants

Grandmage.another one painted some years ago one I had proper copies made as people were asking for it.
Just looked at the date on it 2004 only seems like yesterday.

Homebird if tou can paint fruit you can paint flowers its all about shadows just the same

9 Jan, 2011

 

Still a wonderful painting though Bjs and yes 2004 was only yesterday, wasn't it???? ! Lol.

9 Jan, 2011

 

Your paintings are lovely that first one is great giving a 3d effect, I have books but not too many but use them more for reference than reading through, I found an old book on growing orchids wild etc in a second hand shop only small but informative.

9 Jan, 2011

 

all so lovely ........... should have an exhibition
caked on the cyclermin today and doing well . know flowers but leaves look healthy ;0))))

9 Jan, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Bit early for flowers on coum the winter one, don't remember what I sent now lol its me age

9 Jan, 2011

 

my sister gave me a himalayan poppy plant last year ~ im hoping it will flower this year???

9 Jan, 2011

 

Brian, this really inspires me cos Ive just bought The Watercolour Flower Painter's A-Z by Adelene Fletcher. I have some Rowney's Watercolours somewhere tucked away..

4 Feb, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

TEt
Pleased it inspires you,but will need ask Sanbaz advice on watercolour, this one is Acrylic paint

4 Feb, 2011

 

ah, so thats the book - thanks tet.

4 Feb, 2011

 

Love that first painting! in case you're wondering what I'm doing here....trawling your logs looking for how. To make my trough from poly. Box!

23 Feb, 2015

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