Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beautiful Geraniums (SOLD)

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - (SOLD)
Geraniums on my patio

My Geraniums are looking decidedly worse for the wear this winter – will add some fresh potting soil and hope for some beautiful flowers this summer, maybe I’ll add something blue to the pot…?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geranium or Pelargonium?

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

Geraniums originated from South Africa, as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century.

Actually, the plants that gardeners have grown under the geranium name for several hundred years is not a geranium, but a pelargonium. Both plants, as well as a few others, are all members of the geraniaceae family. The problem arose when the plants were first brought from their native home of South Africa into Europe. All the early imports were labeled “geraniums” and continued under that blanket name for many years. When some observant botanists finally started a closer examination of these lovely new plants, they discovered many differences and then decided that the imports were not all the same plant type, but there were differences so were then moved into different named classifications.

One group of plants was given the original name of geraniums. A second group was classified as pelargoniums, then there were erodiums and sarcocaulons/monsonias. The plant we label “geranium” was put into the pelargonium category, however, it had become a well loved plant of gardeners in Europe under the old “geranium” label so although the botanists told them that the lovely pot or bedding plant they grew in such numbers was a pelargonium, they persisted in using the old name.

I’m now more confused than ever!

ITEM ID : GeraniumOrPelargonium
PRICE : R350.00 postage included

My Geranium would like to see you...

Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8″ × 12″ - unframed

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my Geranium to see you.”

A few months ago, a friend gave me a Geranium cutting, just a little piece of stalk with one leaf, which I planted in an egg shell filled with potting soil and kept on the kitchen counter (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). As soon as there were enough roots, I planted her into this Terracotta pot, egg shell and all. Within 2 weeks I had about 8 leaves and another stalk appearing next to the original cutting. She now lives on the patio near my Natal Fig bonsai, and I’m sure I’ve heard them whispering to one another a couple of times! And now every spring she blesses me with a great show of her gorgeous flowers.
It is well known that the whole Geranium genus is highly redolent of volatile oils – lemon-scented, musk-scented, and peppermint-scented. In South Africa folk-lore has it that, if you plant Geraniums in your garden, you will never have any snakes!

ITEM ID : MyGeraniumWouldLikeToSeeYou 
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Soft is Winter

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 12" x 8" - unframed

Could there exist a soft winter, a separate winter season? No, not separate. But there is a softer side of Winter, of the traditional winter season we know. The winter days when the light becomes a little warmer, days when the biting wind and the ice cold ease off a bit and allows the sky to scatter soft grey clouds.

ITEM ID : SoftIsWinter
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa

Sunday, November 9, 2014


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8" x 12" - unframed

Thoughts drifting through my mind as I wend my way up the path towards the gate…
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The colour of Winter is in the imagination

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

A winter scene in South Africa.

Clear blue skies and trees scorched by veld fires is a familiar sight here in South Africa in winter. With just a few more weeks of cold, we’re looking forward to the August winds which will quickly blow in Spring, bringing everything to life again.

The colour of springtime is in the flowers, the colour of winter is in the imagination.
~Terri Guillemets

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Enjoying summer

 W&N watercolour on Bockingfo9rd 300gsm (12″ × 8″) - unframed

At this time of year I really enjoy the silhouettes of the trees and hedges against the summer sky here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa).

ITEM ID : EnjoyingSummer
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa

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