As it was Sunday I decided it was 'my day' so went into the garden in the afternoon (again you say) and sat by the hydrangea:
As the blooms were drying and fading - though that really is the wrong word as they were getting stronger in colour and losing all their delicate pink - I decided to depict them that way in my handmade sketchbook of flowers. This time I used my 36 pans of St Petersburg watercolours as they are so strong - voila !
Kari Gibson reminded me in a recent comment that these wonderful large blooms dry beautifully for winter flower arrangements. Two minds but with a single thought - here is my jug from one of the kitchen windows that also holds dried teazle and wooden carved snowdrops I purchased at a gallery on the East coast of Norfolk recently.
.. oh yes, I thought it might be 'artistic' to photo the jug with the painting.
I am already working on number five - pensketch started of a pot of geraniums I brought in from the garden to the sunroom to work on last night. Watch this space ....