I bought a travel box of water colours the other day and thought it would probably be a good idea to try them!

Long ago, in another lifetime, I was an artist’s model/assistant. No, not apprentice, because that would imply that I was taught.  No, I was more… the go-fer. And the first thing I did learn was that Winsor and Newton was the be-all, end-all name in water colours. Dispatched one day for a tube of Alizaron Crimson, I came home with a tube of the colour by Reeves. Oops!

Anyway, it stuck with me and when the only travel box in town that was within my price range was a Reeves product…the clock’s hands went backwards and I hesitated.

I did a quick sketch of the silk orchid that lives on my desk. If you’re curious, you’ll find it above, on the “sketches” page.

Last year, when pruning/hacking back the Hibiscus mutabilis , I poked a few of the trimmings into the soil. Seven bits, apparently, all now flowering. No discernible fragrance, but oh! so lovely to see!

The flowers open early morning, a pure white until around noon (this photo was taken then), but as the sun heads west the petals take on, at first, a delicate blush, becoming a deep madder by late afternoon.

Here’s a  view at 2pm…

And one at 4pm…

Tomorrow they will look like this…

And now…it’s bedtime.

Thursday-update about spiders for Ian. The squeamish(you, Daisyfae!) are warned. The brave can go here

I was messing with camera settings – this is the H.mutabilis, not a Mecanopsis Look at those legs! I feel much better about mine now! 🙂

27 thoughts on “PLAYTIME

  1. i have somehow managed to keep my two hibiscus plants alive through the winter (too cold here for them to survive outside), and am hoping to add a few more to the collection for my deck this year — they are amazing, aren’t they?


  2. Your watercolour sketch is looking good to me! Nice rich colours too.

    Someone recommended me St Petersburg watercolours, in a rather naff plastic box but the paint quality is very good and the price is a bargain!

    I supplement with a couple of W&N tubes of a vivid pink and mauve. Then the colours cover all bases.



  3. I’m a shameful gardener. Shameful! My spring resolution is to “do something” back there. Anyhow, I want to make sure that you contact me because I’d LOVE to see you when you come over to God’s country. Email me please. zenzycat at gmail dot com.


  4. Cute little spider. Our huge golden orb weavers seem to be vanishing from the garden as the temperature is dropping. I’m always sorry to see them go for the winter but I also enjoy not blundering into their sticky webs. Love that hibiscus. I think I’ll try poking a few pieces into the ground as you did. Can only try.


    • Well, H.mutabilis is an easy-peasy strike.I’ve never had quite that luck with the others! And I don’t see as many orbies here as we did at Tamborine. Mind you, we were on a much bigger, more bush-y block.The golden ones are rather elegant. The common garden one is everyone’s idea of a hairy spider!


  5. New art supplies and growing flowers–is there possibly anything better? (Travel to England aside…) Seriously, those paints look like fun.


    • Well, I’m not sure that I can “paint” in the conventional sense! But I do like to splash a bit of colour about.
      That hibiscus would grow down there, provided it was protected from frost.


  6. Pretty flowers 🙂 might have some (can’t think what they’re called but they’re pink and red) out by the time you’re here. That’s really annoying because I have remembered the name for them since I saw their little foliage first peep through and now my minds a blank …
    Think it might begin with p but not petunia! An annual. Hmmmmmm!


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