Opening today

Everything in my garden seems to be blooming this week. That is likely the result of poor planning on my part. A few weeks ago there was no colour at all and now I have too much choice. Better gardeners would have had more blooming in June, but for me, it all starts to look good around mid-July. This week, in one corner of a bed, the first Echinacea opened, and next to that the Veronicastrum. When I did a little research on this long-blooming plant, it was described as “extremely showy with elegant vertical lines.” I can also attest to the fact that it attracts plenty of bees and butterflies. Cobalt Violet mixed with a little Cobalt Blue seems to work best for its spikes of tiny flowers.

21 Comments on “Opening today”

  1. Jean Mackay says:

    Congrats! I love when the garden coming into bloom and there is an abundance of subjects to paint. Echinacea is a favorite…mine has not fully opened yet. Enjoy — and thanks for the lovely sketch.


  2. beth says:

    lovely and so much to see and paint


  3. It’s so nice! Please continue painting your garden .


  4. Lyn Seley says:

    I think there is a pause in most gardens in the end of June…After the spring bulbs and flowering shrubs I was concerned about all the green! No longer….like you I don’t know where to look.


  5. Denise says:

    I will have to look into this “Veronicastrum”. One can never have too much purple in a garden-or on your palette! This is lovely.


  6. Nancy Poist says:

    Another beauty, Shari!


  7. Elly Hobgood says:


    Sent from my iPad



  8. Laurel says:

    How about developing a course on painting flowers?


  9. Lovely expression of Summer Profusion in the Garden, Shari! I think I can see the Charles Reid influence, too – did you paint this one vertically (or perhaps part of it vertically)???


    • Thanks so much Barry! I did paint this one vertically but it’s smaller (7″ x 10″) so it was harder to be as drippy, I found. Still no Watercolor Artist in the mail, but hopefully soon!


  10. Beautiful garden, I really like your loose technique.


  11. This is delicious! Wonderfully expressive.
    My garden has gone through a lull in blooms (hostas are great though) and things didn’t bloom at the usual times. all that early heat has thrown things off a bit.


  12. Jane Reeder says:

    How do I contact you about losing access to one of your courses I am enrolled in?


  13. joantav says:

    Lovely color for the flowers and wonderful background!!!


  14. jameswebbart says:

    Everyone of your works are beautiful where there are some paintings that go beyond words. The analogy is that of a musician that plays the same music over and yet there happens at an unexpected moment the playing of the same score soars to the heavens. And so it is with this painting there is a mysterious bond between the flowering plants and your mind where the paint just threw off the brush. The composition is dead on perfect. This is one of the paintings where one added touch would bring ruin.


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