the breast cancer garden with Gazania, a pink-striped daisy, accented by smaller purple flowers

Favourite Flower (Gardens)

The city gardeners have arranged such a variety of flowers in these two tiny gardens that many of them have become favourites, just because of the company they keep.

Pink flowers such as Zinnias and Cosmos in the breast cancer garden last month (September). pink flowers, Zinnias and Cosmos in the breast cancer garden

A closer look at the pink-tinged white Cosmos flower. I suspect what makes a flower a favourite is my desire to paint it.Cosmos: pink-tinged white flower

The Zinnias – these I have already several pencil sketches of, and am looking forward to colouring them in. A pink multi-petaled Zinnia with a red centre edged with yellow
A pink multi-petaled Zinnia with a red centre edged with yellow

A different part of the breast cancer garden has Gazania, a pink-striped daisy accented by the smaller purple flowers of Scaevola and Verbena. Gazania, a striped daisy accented by smaller purple flowers in the breast cancer garden

Gazania, a pink-striped daisy with a yellow centre. Gazania: pink striped white daisy with a yellow centre

I think the city gardeners planted this second garden at the edge of a duck pond with the idea of keeping the Canada Geese out, and it seems to have worked! I’m not sure what the tiny pale yellow daisies are but they are impressive en masse, and the Japanese blood grass and Berberis (barberry) are complementary. City gardeners planted this garden at the edge of a duck pond in Vancouver, Canada

In May the other edge of the pond is a sun-lit garden of purple flag irises and decorative grasses. sun-lit garden of purple flag irises and decorative grasses by the duck pond

Close up of the purple Flag Iris. Flag Irises are a painting in waiting.Purple Iris in May
A moodier day but with the yellow flag irises and reflections who needs sun? Yellow Flag Irises reflected in a duck pond by Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada
A watercolour sketch. (More sketches and studies of Flag Irises.)watercolour in my sketchbook of the contrast of the light yellow irises against dark green pond and dark reflections against light sky reflection

Close-up of yellow Flag Iris with dark red vein-like markings. A yellow Flag Iris with red markings Close up of a yellow and white Flag Iris. Yellow & White Flag Iris in May

The show in September and October is masses of Black-eyed Susans. dark-eyed Susans in the sun-lit garden by the duck pond

More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Flowers.

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10 thoughts on “Favourite Flower (Gardens)

  1. A good definition that you would want to paint them! And also, the fact that their company and accents are important to enhance them. I don’t think enyone has mentioned that. Love your garden shots. Susans are my favourites too.

    1. The Vancouver city gardeners are masters of creative flower ‘composition’. I find myself often taking photos and notes in the vague hope that I can duplicate some of their exciting plantings – the Gazania is definitely in my plans for next spring if I can find one…

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