Watercolour. Peas and beans (Pisum sp., Phaseolus sp.) was initially painted over several months to obtain different stages of growth. The diagonal stem of beans was added in the summer. All specimens from my allotment.
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).
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.
Coloured pencil. Guzmania 'Torch', Vriesea 'Style', Vriesea hybrid cultivar, Vriesea duvaliana. These spectacular tropical plants come in such vibrant colours - many coloured pencils were sacrificed to portray them.
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.
Watercolour. A mixture of edible and ornamental quince (Cydonia oblonga, Chaenomeles speciosa), this painting took over a year to complete, so that it could feature both flowers and fruit. I included the knife as a contrast to the vegetation.