The thing about backyard plants is that they’re always there. Chantal plants them, tends, them and I always say “I’m going to draw them.” I never do because they’re always there. But about this time a year, when the days are getting shorter and cooler, I realize that very soon, they won’t be there. This happens every year but I’m a very slow learner.
And so I make the point of drawing some flowers. I can’t possibly draw them all because, like a student waiting until the night of the exam to study, I don’t have enough time because I’ve ignored the task all summer.
The silly thing is that I thoroughly enjoy sitting in the yard with all my concentration directed at a bunch of leaves and flowers I know little about. Chantal tells me these are anemone flowers. I know nothing about cultivated plants except they’re fun to draw as long as you don’t have the attitude that they’re “always there.”