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 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!’.
Summer has come and gone and I can’t help feeling a bit sad :(. One of the things I miss about summer is the hint of the sweet smell coming from a couple of sweet peas that I cut and put in a glass in my living room.
Sweet peas are one of those flowers which has many faces. They look slightly different when you turn them around. It took me a while to take some good photos that capture the right angle for me to draw. This drawing is a composite of a couple of photos I took from the sweat peas I planted in my back garden.
Summer is not complete without roses. Among all of the colours available, I find ruby is the deepest and moodiest. Here is a drawing of a ruby rose on its stem.
For the flower, I used the gradient tool and layers of different tones to get the velvety effect.