Hedged Wall

"Hedged Wall"
5" x 7"
Acrylic on hardboard

One of the walls in the English Walled Garden is a ten foot hedge. It's one wall of a section that has brick walls on its other sides.  The dark hedge makes a lovely background for small fruit trees and mounds of blooming shrubs and perennials like bee balm and day lilies. 

This was my second painting of the morning on Sunday when I was at the Botanic Gardens with my Sunday morning painting buddies.  We paint so differently, it's always a kick to see how we handle the same subject matter.  


Red Bee Balm

"Red Bee Balm"
6" x 6"
Acrylic on hardboard
I grew up where bee balm grew wild, but it was purple. The first time I saw the red variety I thought it had been dyed like the orange and blue mums for a football game.  Um… nope. Red is the most common color of the domesticated border flower, which is also used to make tea. 

This is the first of three small paintings I made at the Garden today. The others will post over the next couple of days.