June finally brought warmth! It's a pleasure for body and soul after all those cold months. Nature is celebrating a feast and I am grateful to be part of it. Entering a forest or meadow feels like entering a holy place to me and I instantly know that all is ok and has always been.
Some time ago I discovered Art Graf, it's a water-soluble graphite and I was eager to try it out, so I finally got myself a little tin and tested it. It really exceeded all my expectations. It is very easy to take up with the brush and is extremely rich on pigments and creates this appealing softness. I simply love it! I was inspired to paint a lot of owls, they seemed perfect for the effect Art Graf creates. Hope you enjoy them and if you are into painting you should definitely try it out too!
R. and I made a little trip to the wood quarter and stayed over night in the forest. It was the first time that the weather was really warm and the evening light was so soft and the woods were full of little white butterflies. And the night was so silent, no car noises, not even the animals made a sound. It was perfect and felt very rewarding after all the work we had done the last weeks.
When we were home again, we worked further to create new garden beds and cared for all the trees. We have to regularly remove the wildlife protection grids and fill the mice holes with soil as they create damage to the roots otherwise. Since it is warmer, everything finally starts to grow so fast! Today I will collect some elderflowers to dry. Right now I'm making some fresh peppermint tea from the garden to start the day. Wishing you a good time!
I worked A LOT in the garden recently and I thought it would be nice to share some pictures of the development of our plants with you again regularly. My cactus surprised me with the most beautiful blossoms and my two favorite aquilegia sorts are also blooming right now. One of the benefits of the very cold May was for sure that the flowers did not wither so quickly, we could enjoy them much longer than usual! Also I have less trouble with greenflies right now and watering is not such a struggle.
For more pictures you can always have a look at the garden album from Lotte and me. Lotte is very busy with her children, work and renovation of her home right now, but I hope she will be able to share pictures of her garden again at some point.