Recently I was driving around the neighborhood and noticed how many Sunflowers and bright yellow flowers were blooming. I was so taken with the bright yellow and red flowers growing on a picket fence that I stopped and took a photo.
The owner came out and I introduced myself and gave her my business card so she would not think I was a "stalker". She said lots of people do the same thing and asked me if I would like a bouquet -
of course I said yes and she picked me a bouquet and gave it to me in a charming little jelly jar.
Even though I set out on my neighborhood "drive-by" looking for Sunflowers I decided to go to the nursery to look for this charming plant - YEAH - I found two containers of them and learned that they are Gaillardia - Gallo Orange. The same plant that grew around my Grandparents Beach Cottage at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. where my family spent our glorious Summers. I loved picking bouquets of them for the table and the flower brought back many fond memories.
Bentley, my helpful Studio Assistant, immediately checked out our new pots of Gaillardia!
By this time of year there is no room left to plant them in the garden so I planted them in pots until next Spring.
These are not Sunflowers, but I thought they were so cheerful I threw them in to show you my neighbor's pretty yellow flowers.
This year I bought some mini Sunflowers in containers and placed them around my garden for color as well as pots of fresh cut Sunflowers from the farmers market to paint.
I hate to throw away flowers when they reach their prime and put the old Sunflower blooms in a basket in the garden for a little more color. I was inspired to paint a basket of Sunflowers and started composing my work.
The Geraniums outside my kitchen door are in their glory and I decided to add two pots of Geraniums to the painting along with the basket of old Sunflower blooms.
This is one of my favorite photos of Bentley smelling the Geraniums and I am sharing it again this year.
I also added my red scissors and some Lavender and a little pot of white flowers.
Here is the finished painting.
Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those of you who follow my blog. As I mentioned previously, I am getting ready to have knee replacement surgery in July and may not be posting as frequently. If you check in and I have not posted that is the reason - my plan is to keep posting once a week - but there may be times when it is every other week so please keep checking in.
Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin
"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time." Ecclesiastes 3:41`