Category Archives: Nature & Botanical Art Journal

LOVELY ARTICHOKES – EDIBLE THISTLES!

GUESS WHAT I’M EATING FOR DINNER TONIGHT?  ARTICHOKES!  I bought 3 at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market this morning.  This is how I prepare them:  pour olive oil & sprinkle Italian bread crumbs between the leaves & steam the artichokes for about 45 minutes.  Lovely edible thistles!

INDIAN BLANKET FLOWERS

INDIAN BLANKET FLOWERS ARE A MEMBER OF THE SUNFLOWER FAMILY.  In 2010 I found a yard where a woman had planted wild flower seeds.  I went back every day for weeks photographing the flowers & drawing them plein air.  There were bumble bees accompanying me & I was dizzy with the beauty.  The next year weeds took over the wild flowers & they were all mowed down.  I have checked each year since then & the beauty of this experience was a one-time only one, but it will always live on in my memory & in my Nature & Botanical Sketchbook for 2010.  Recently I spotted these Indian Blanket flowers in someone else’s yard & I was delighted to see my friends return elsewhere.

MATILIJA POPPIES BLOOMING AFTER SAN DIEGO WINTER RAINS

MATILIJA POPPIES – After the winter rain in San Diego this year, the Matilija poppies are blooming again!  These are wild flowers that are about 5 feet tall and each flower is 6-8 inches across!   Art journal plein air watercolor sketchbook 2010.  Photos from this week.