Dahlias may not be as popular as roses, but to me they are among the stars of summer.
I have been growing this delightful pink dahlia for three years now, and it has never disappointed me. As long as I keep dead heading, it continues to flower throughout the summer and into autumn until the first frost. The leaves then turn brown and die out but if I keep the tuber and plant it again next spring, it will come out and flower again in the summer.
I bought some lily bulbs and planted them in pots back in March. I had never grown lilies before so I did not know what to expect. As I waited anxiously watching them grow, I worried as the stalks grew taller and taller with no sign of flowers. When the first flower eventually came out and fully bloomed, I was so pleased.
I came across this orchid when I visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens some time ago. It was named in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales who died 20 years ago on August 31st 1997.
I was walking on a beach when I saw this hollyhock. Its solitary existence among the long grass in the sand caught my attention. With its strong purple colour, it seems to shout proudly to me ‘Look at me, I’m here!’.
Like daffodils and crocuses, wallflowers also bloom in spring time. Although wallflowers are quite small, their bright colours light up the garden.
This drawing marks the end of a cold winter and I am looking forward to drawing new spring flowers.