Through the oak leaves

Last fall I decided to add some spring bulbs to my garden. Faced with a dizzying choice of spring bulbs (early-blooming, late-blooming, tall, short, etc.) in an online catalogue, I did what any sensible person would do, I settled for several collections of flowers chosen by someone much wiser and more knowledgeable than myself in these matters. I planted them carefully according to spacing and depth suggested, and then crossed my fingers that squirrels wouldn’t dig them up before the snow fell. Of course I also threw out the labels from the packages so now, as snow melts and each little shoot emerges, miraculously, through a thick carpet of autumn’s oak leaves, I am surprised and thrilled which each new blossom. I will try to sketch them all as they open, and we will find out together if the wise and knowledgeable expert chose well for me.


18 Comments on “Through the oak leaves”

  1. anne farmer says:

    Lovely drawings. Surprised about the buttercups though. Not aconites?


  2. Alison says:

    Wonderful sketches Shari! The yellow flowers may be Anemone, judging by the leaf shape. Isn’t it exciting to see bulbs coming up!


    • It is so exciting to see the bulbs Alison. Hope you planted some too. These are aconites, as it turns out. A few people wrote to tell me that and they are right. I compared them to Google images.


  3. Margaret McDermott says:

    Yellow ones are aconites!


  4. stephanie descoteaux says:

    Happy Easter. Mine haven’t bloomed yet. Not one flower in the Snowdon area of Montreal. But there will be chocolate.


  5. Marylin Smith says:

    Your “something that looks like buttercup ” might be primrose….


  6. Maggie says:

    Lovely sketches, you are talented… And have a bit of a green thumb.


  7. Philip J. Eversman says:

    Love snowdrops. Ours pop up in January or mid February here in Indianapolis–just when everyone has had enough of winter. They can get snowed on multiple times and will still be there when the snow melts. They last until the daffodils show up.


  8. Darlene Rember says:

    Hi, I love your blog and look forward to its arrival. My husband bought me the Poppy print at Christmas. Love it! The small yellow “buttercup” flower is probably. Eranthus (Winter Aconite). They will go dormant and reappear next spring. The clump might increase in size slowly. Darlene

    Sent from my iPad



    • HI Darlene, I am so glad you like the Poppy print. What a nice gift from a thoughtful man. Yes, the yellow flower is Winter Aconite. I am hoping it will get bigger because I like it a lot but there are only four tiny flowers.


  9. Monique says: did well!! And painted them beautifully!


  10. beautiful drawings — how nice to greet each new flower with your waiting notebook


  11. anne farmer says:

    Sorry to be the first in a string of pedants (buttercups/aconites). I thought you dealt with us very graciously!


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