Our Winter Warmer - 2019/20
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Winter Twigs - © Brenda Coleman - UK
Watercolour, pen and ink. Ash buds are opposite and black; willow and oak buds are arranged spirally, the latter being in clusters at the tips of branches; poplar twigs are brown and very knobbly. Fraximus excelsior, Salix caprea, Quercus robur, Populus nigra (Ash, Goat Willow, Pedunculate Oak, Black Poplar).
Wildflowers - © Lorraine Barraclough - UK
Watercolour and graphite. Wildflowers growing in the hedges, roadsides and verges of Aberdeenshire. 1. Feather of a Kestrel Falco tinnunculus. 2. Germander speedwell Veronica chamaedrys. 3. Sorrel Rumex acetosa. Creeping buttercup Ranunculus repens. 5. Orange hawkweed Pilosella aurantiaca. 6. Brown garden snail Helix aspersa. 7. Tufted vetch Vicia cracca.
Merryweather Damson - © Brenda Coleman - UK
Watercolour, pen and ink. A cultivar (Prunus domestica, subspecies insititia, family Roseaceae) grown for its relatively large autumn fruits and good autumn foliage colour. Damsons make particularly good preserves, jams and crumbles. The original species make tough hedges typical of Shropshire and Kent.
Scarlet Wonder - © Lorraine Barraclough - UK
Watercolour and graphite. Rhododendron forrestii var. repens. Dwarf rhododendron 'Scarlet Wonder'. Dwarf rhododendron with dissections. 1. Stigma and style. 2. Stamen. 3. Corolla. 4. Gynoecia, androecia, calyces and pedicels of umbel inflorescence. 5. Pistil and pedicel with longitudinal section of ovary.