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"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.."  -Alfred Austin



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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Entries in Watercolor Wednesday (5)


Who Loves Butterfly Bushes?

Butterflies, of course.  I do too.  They are wonderful bushes, providing my Hamptons garden with fragrance and color in August.  This Waterlogue image is of the Black Knight hybrid growing near the pool.  Its color is only exceeded by the coloring of its late afternoon visitor.




Mystery Rose

Recently, I guided a friend on a tour through my garden and came across the subject of this Wednesday's watercolor.  This rose was in full bloom on my garden shed.  As we stopped to admire, I couldn't remember the plant's proper name.

The blossoms have small, single white petals and gold stamens.  It is a healthy plant and blooms well even without a ton of sun.  It blooms only once in mid-summer, but the leaves stay green thoughout the season.  The fragrance is light.  It has been well-mannered and, after many years, the longest canes are only about 12 feet long.  I think it could be a rambler.  At one time, I thought it was named Mermaid, but have since determined that the blooms of mine are too white and too small.  If you think you might know its name, please share. 

Whatever its name, this mystery plant makes a nice garden rose and a pretty picture. 


A Colorful Composition

This Waterlogue image is of a pansy orchid.  I shot the original photograph at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show last spring.  With their vibrant, clear colors, most orchids make great subject matters for this watercolor treatment.  

I probably won't make it to the Orchid Show this year which is currently open until April 21st. However, I do have quite a few additional photographs from last year's show that I think will make nice Waterlogue art.  I'll share more orchid images later.


If you missed my earlier introduction to Waterlogue, clich HERE.