Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Californian Hollyhocks


On a very cold wet winter's day there was a lovely surprise for me in my mailbox.(sadly it was a little wet - but not too wet on the front!) This wonderful card from Desiree shows the Hollyhocks in her amazing garden. These were not blooming when she had her garden tour... what a pity "they are in full bloom now - they must be 7 feet tall and the giant, peony type flowers take turns blooming up the stalk. I have light pink, dark pinks and white". I hope that one day I will be able to visit her incredible garden - see here

This certainly brightened my day! I also love the way it is a page ripped out of a sketchbook - somehow it makes it more personal to think that it once was in Desiree's sketchbook.

Thanks!

9 comments:

vivien said...

lovely - and I agree, those torn edges add to the immediacy

Charlene Brown said...

What a wonderfully Californian picture to receive on a cold Australian day! And thank you, Liz, for including the link to the post about Desiree's incredible garden party...

Katherine Tyrrell said...

What a lovely painting of hollyhocks. They're one of my favourite flowers

Robyn Sinclair said...

Desiree's flower sketches are always so stunning. This one is no exception. I really wish it were mine. Lucky Liz.

Alison Staite said...

Totally agree. Desiree has a special affinity with flower sketches. A definite interaction with her amazing garden!

Desiree said...

Oh Liz, I am so glad it arrived although a bit wet. I would so love to meet you in person and sketch with you! I could use some of your architectural expertise in my sketches. I loved getting Albrecht's card last year, it came with the tears still attached, like he had ripped it out of his book and sent it. I loved that and thought I would use the amazing watercolor book that Ronelle sent me and do the same this round. Its as though we are sketching together.

Bridget Hunter said...

I love this. It's a really exquisite.

Cathy Gatland said...

A gorgeous snippet of Desiree's amazing garden, love the sketchbook page.

Africantapestry said...

Beautiful...hollyhocks always remind me of my motherr...an old campagne flower
ronelle

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