I have to admit that I just like the name of this flower, so today on our #NatureDoodlewash hike I’ve picked this ranunculus. I always end up mispronouncing it as redonculous which is admittedly ridiculous, but always makes me giggle. Though being outdoors is wonderful, it’s equally enjoyable to have a little indoor nature as well to brighten things up. That said, I’m not particularly good at keeping plants alive. During college, I always got plants for my apartment and no matter how hard I tried, they died within a few weeks. Looking back, it’s actually surprising I survived those years, so plants likely never stood a fair chance.
Even as an adult, I’m still not particularly good at taking care of things with leaves. When visiting more domesticated friends, I’m always in awe when they tell me about a plant they’ve had for years. I usually keep my distance just in case my mere presence would cause the treasured foliage to wilt. I admit, this is a redonculous fear on my part, but I can almost see it breathe a sigh of relief. Cut flowers are my preferred choice as they have a shelf life and nobody expects you to keep them alive forever. When someone brings them to dinner as a host gift instead of wine, it’s always a lovely treat. Assuming there’s still enough wine, of course.
We used to have a bouquet of fresh flowers regularly as we’d pick them up at the grocery store while getting food for the week. But lately that hasn’t been the case because apparently remembering to actually buy flowers is as difficult as remembering to water them. So despite the wonder and beauty found when bringing nature indoors, I’m most likely these days to enjoy it in its natural habitat. I guess this isn’t all bad. At least it gets me out of the house more.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Permanent Green Pale, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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