Saturday, April 14, 2007

Spring Planting


Our first strawberry plants are ready to go into the ground. I've never had any luck with strawberries in Sydney but these seem to be growing before my eyes. I've just realised in sketching the plant that those hulls one nips off the strawberries are actually there from the beginning at the base of the flower. Logical I guess, if one doesn't go through life with one's eyes closed!

10 comments:

Lin said...

OH MY GOSH!! That bit of white is so finely done when set against the tan paper and pen line -- how awesome!!!!

Susan Borgas said...

I love this sketch of the strawberry plant. Here in the Southern Flinders the gardens are going 'mad' on rains that we had a few weeks back. Hopefully more wet days in the near future to keep the growth going. In a lot of ways it is odd as our tomato bushes are roughly six foot tall with little fruit yet to ripen... still hopeful though for a crop as the bushes are so healthy, even if it is very late in the season for them. Hopefully your strawberries will bear plenty with more sketches to come. ;)

Joan said...

The strawberry sketch is great! I like the pop of the white on the paper. Good luck with the berries.

MrsSnowy said...

Lin - I love your enthusiastic comments. Thank you.

Susan - Lovely of you to pop in. It enabled me to find your oil landscape WIP which I'm really enjoying. HWEM's ears pricked up when you mentioned tomatoes. Now I know he's going to angst that it's too late in the season for your fruit. He tells me that tomatoes don't need sun to ripen but they do need warmth. I really needed to know that! Please let him know how they go ;)

Joan - TY, I thought it was quite arty for me :)

Africantapestry said...

Great sketch and a lovely touch, I love the white on the darker paper, wiht the rest being only outlined...simple, but beautiful!
Ronell

Anita said...

Lovely sketch, I too like the hint of white against the linear work.
Good luck with your strawberries!

Susan Borgas said...

Stay tuned on the tomatoes, I will be in touch!

platitudinal said...

I echo everyone’s love of the bit of paint on the sketch. It gives such a fantastic effect.

“Logical I guess, if one doesn't go through life with one's eyes closed!” Hehehe. I wouldn’t know it either if my son doesn’t plant strawberry in his garden.

Susan Borgas said...

Robyn it has been a number of weeks since I commented here and though I would let you know that my husband is picking tomatoes. There isn't a high volume as far as numbers go but the weight of each tomato is making up for it. One was 650grams. Beautiful flavour as well. We don't expect to them to ripen for much longer as finely the weather at night is very cold.

Robyn said...

Hi Susan - Well done! Ours have now been in the ground for two weeks and 'growing well' according to HWEM. It's 30 degrees today which is apparently perfect for tomatoes but a little hot for me!

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