Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
Although very rare the Snake’s Head Fritillary does grow in a few meadows along the River Thames. However this clump grows in my garden and flowered exceptionally well in the year when I made this drawing. Unfortunately the flowers are often decimated by the bright red introduced Lily Beetles.
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Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)
The contrast between the pale arching flower heads and the dark stiff leaves makes Stinking Hellebore an ideal subject for pen and ink studies. I drew this specimen from a plant growing in my garden, but it does grow wild in a few woods. It flowers in late winter/early spring and is pollinated by bumblebees.
I was attracted to this specimen because the flowers had just started to open and so hardly any had fallen on the glossy leaves. As I drew it I discovered how symmetrical the structure of the stem was. For each whorl of leaves produced the new leaf almost exactly above the corresponding leaf from the whorl below.
Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Musk Thistles, with their brilliant purple flowers, grow in clumps all over Dorney Common, where the cattle that roam freely during the summer months leave them well alone on account of their horrendously spiky leaves. It was September when I found this clump which still had flowers ranging from tight buds to full blown seed heads.
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Slipper Orchid (Phraphiopedilum hybrid)
Every January this orchid flowers, usually with one or two blooms, and so when it had three I just had to draw it!
Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
A plant of woodlands, Butcher's Broom is a botanical curiosity in which the 'leaves' are modified stems and the berries are still prsent when the new season's flowers open in late winter.
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandifloras)
Bud, flowers and seed heads.
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