I’ve been sketching snake’s head fritillary in the spring sunshine.
Aren’t they beautiful, …and strange? With their checkered petals, drooping heads and narrow tendril leaves. I wish I could say that I found them growing in the wild, but I bought these in B and Q. I find they have very good healthy plants.
By coincidence, well not exactly coincidence, since it at this time of year that they flower, I found another snakes head, this a Mediterranean plant, called Widow’s Iris, which is cultivated in this country by a Cornish grower.
That was a few days ago. Since then we have had little but grey skies and rain. The well outside the house is full and oozing rusty water into the ditch.
Now I’m painting the flowers as part of a seascape.