Originally from South Africa, the agapanthus is a flower that entrances many garden visitors. Their tall statuesque structure creates a lasting impression in many gardens, including Plas Cadnant. As you walk through the gates of the walled garden the flowers catch your eye in the distance. Perhaps it is no surprise that many people adore their presence since their name translates from Greek as 'love flower'
(agapi = love + anthos = flower).
On a bright sunny summer Sunday in July,
I was able to sit on the edge of the lawn and draw the large soft violet agapanthus. Like the alliums in the borders across the path. they are a complicated drawing adventure. On the whole they are like a lollipop. Long lean stem that holds a circular gathering of flowers on top. Proudly, each of the flowers point upwards toward the sun, smaller secondary stems support each bloom arching upwards. Bees and other insects are also actively attracted to these flowers. Naturally clever they stand proud in the summer sun.
July as a whole has been a busy month of drawing, the colours have changed from whites, pinks and fuschias to blues and yellows as the summer settles in. August promises to be the same if the warmth continues here in North Wales then we are in for another beautiful summer month before the cool autumn weather arrives. This month I am also hoping to complete a few of the ongoing larger pieces of work inspired by the gardens so please keep in touch via this website, twitter or instagram.