|Lowcountry Native Plants in Pot Decorated with River Birch Bark|
A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely, heartfelt gift from my dear friend, Karl. We shared an office at work for over 10 years. He's the Landscape Ecologist for Spring Island. Such a gifted soul. The pot is filled with wild ginger, atamasco lily, partridge berry, ebony spleenwort, bark with resurrection fern and lichen, spotted trillium and a tender American holly he nurtured from seed. All with a backdrop of American beach stems with dried autumn leaves. He even included the seed pods from the beech tree. All but the spotted trillium come from Karl's home.
I tried a couple of times to draw this pot of goodies while sitting rather close to it. I couldn't get the height of the beech stems and leaves, though. Then a few days later the pot caught my eye as I passed the family room windows that look out onto our porch where the pot is located. Oh, la,la! This was the view I needed. I couldn't wait to to set up my sketching easel!
Finally, the right view to do justice to Karl's beautiful arrangement! Plus, the way the afternoon sunlight hit the beech leaves... They seemed to glow with gold. Happy camper!
|My Stillman & Birn Alpha Journal - one of my favorite illustrated journals |
that's filled with very special memories.