Lonicera (Honeysuckle) and, potentially, a lemon tree

Not sure about the second one: it came with the garden, and only recently have we considered the possibility that it might be a not-yet-fruiting Citrus limon, though a Google search hasn’t quite convinced me.

I was slightly fretful about keeping up my efforts for Every Day in May this weekend, as we were spending a couple of nights in Kent, at my parents’ home. Fortunately, my mother’s garden has long been better tended than ours (Kent is, after all, known as the “Garden of England”) so there was plenty of flora to attract me – though for the first of these drawings, I was forced to sit and sketch from inside the patio doors due to the incessant rain.

Weigela florida (Bristol Ruby) and Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Back home yesterday evening, I fitted in a quickie of one of our recently-acquired courgette plants, which (to my surprise) are growing visibly by the day.


Finally, today’s unidentified shrub. I’m not normally a fan of shrubby things, but the vibrant greenish-yellow of its leaves attracted me today. As usual, I’ve drawn only a small section, but I would love to know what this might be, if anybody has a clue.

Since hitting the halfway mark on Every Day in May, I’ve found myself slightly resentful of this self-imposed daily discipline, yet compelled to do my daily drawing. Where circumstances have made this tricky (seemingly no free slot in the day … wet weather, or having to stand in the cold to sketch … a family member trying to direct my attention to every flower in the garden but the one I’m trying to draw) I have developed strategies and shortcuts. In other words, though this exercise is hardly going to turn me into a top-class botanical illustrator, it seems it may just be making me a more confident and committed sketcher.

Various combinations of pen, Inktense, watercolour coloured pencil, watercolour pencil & touches of white gel marker in Japanese-fold Pocket Moleskine.