W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 12" x 8" unframed
Friday, February 20, 2015
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Aloe ferox 2 - W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - SOLD
Aloe ferox (also known as the Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe and Tap Aloe), is a species of arborescent aloe indigenous to Southern Africa. It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, a purgative medication and also yields a non-bitter gel that can be used in cosmetics.
Die Bitteraalwyn (Aloe ferox), inheems aan Suid-Afrika, is ’n struik wat deel is van die aalwynfamilie. Die plant blom vanaf Mei tot September. Die struik is ’n stadige groeier met ’n enkelstam en dik, doringrige, vlesige blare en buisvormige, oranje-rooi blomme. Dit is ’n uitstekende struik ir die rotstuin en verkies vol son en matige water. Die sap van die blare word vir medisyne en skoonheidsprodukte gebruik.
Aloe ferox 1 - W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - SOLD
A painting of an Aloe ferox in my garden. Each winter my aloes put up the most spectacular show of orange, brightening up the dull winter landscape. I can feel the season is turning already, gets lighter much later in the mornings and soon (well, roundabouts June/July) I’ll be blessed with their beauty again.
Monday, February 2, 2015
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 8″ × 12″ - unframed
Done from an image kindly supplied by Ann Warrenton. Thank you Ann! I enjoyed doing this difficult subject!
The yucca plant is native to the high deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The yucca has at least 40 species, including Yucca filamentosa, the most common type. Yucca plants are tree-like succulents of the lily family (Liliaceae) with stemless stiff, pointed leaves that end in a sharp needle. The yucca flower is a series of whiteblossoms on a long stalk.
Yuccas have a very specialized, mutualistic pollination system, being pollinated by yucca moths (family Prodoxidae); the insect purposefully transfers the pollen from the stamens of one plant to the stigma of another, and at the same time lays an egg in the flower; the moth larva then feeds on some of the developing seeds, always leaving enough seed to perpetuate the species.
I had quite a few Yucca’s in my previous garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa), and I have never seen this “yucca” moth, but seeing as my Yucca’s used to flower profusely, there must have been something pollinating them.