Thursday, 18 August 2016


When Mr. Next-Door was older he once said "The garden's got away".
Our garden hasn't got away yet, but I saw it packing its bags this morning.

The runner beans and courgettes are producing faster than I can get to the bottom of the garden.

I think I've picked all the beans then find this one laughing its head off.

Do you see who is here on the left?  He was just sitting there.

I fetched a couple of snails for his tea as he looked hungry.

I went down later and froggie was still there but I think the snails had legged it.

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 At "Art Journal Journey" the theme is "Nature's Wonders" chosen by Gill.  Flowers and birds are very much alive in my garden and all are beyond wonderful.

I'm still in my watercolour phase - these are shown just as they were painted and are the fifth and sixth of the watercolour flower set. 



And I just had to have a little photo-edit play to end the day.
It was drawn and painted with the mouse.


Valerie-Jael said...

Your garden is doing very well producing edible wonders. Nice frog, too. Lovely flower paintings. Thanks for joining us at AJJ, hugs, Valerie

Meggymay said...

Your garden looks wonderful and flourishing. Loved the beautiful water colour painting.
Yvonne x

My name is Erika. said...

Your gardens are still so green and beautiful. We are in a drought here and though its not horrible, the gardens do look like they are lacking water. But the veggies are producing like yours, so that is good. I've been making pickles and picking up a storm too. Love your watercolors, they are bright, and I love the little fun bird piece too. They always make me smile. Hugs-Erika

Jeannette said...

hi sheila,your garden looks so dreamy and wonderful,love your waterpainting,its amazing.
your garden produced wonderful vegetable,the snails are hungry and eat they all,this is not so good.
have a wonderful day.

hugs jenny

Annie said...

Of course I love your garden art! The fuzzy edges of watercolor give the pods and flower and surrounding area such great character. And I do believe the paintbrush does that character giving thing all on its own. I see your mouse was careful not to paint an entire bird...that might chase and catch it! Love the playfulness and fluorescence of your mouse and editing play. Your garden is so lush and beautiful. Your tender loving care of it shows. Froggie has chosen the best home in the neighborhood to reside in. Hopefully he will be smart enough to know this and stay put. The grass will not be greener on the other side. LoL

sirkkis said...

Wow, your garden's plants look huge! And the frog seems to be happy there.
Lovely watercolour art and nice painting. I also draw with mouse - cant do otherway on computer.
Have a wonderful weekend xx

limmelon said...

'Seed Pods' is a very effective painting. Love it, love them all, especially froggie and the sneaky bean. The garden is definitely putting on its running shoes and going for a 'Bolt' type sprint. Love it, Awesome !!

SusuPetal said...

Mr frog looks so pleased with the snails for lunch!

Your garden is so beautiful, so rich with greenery!

No wonder your watercolor looks just the same!

Gibby Frogett said...

We didn't grow any veg this year so I am in awe of your crop Sheila. Your garden is fabulous, no wonder the frog made himself at home... re snails legging it, could they have been in his tummy?
I really love your beautiful AJJ water colour pieces and you are so clever being able to draw with the mouse. your bird conversation with a flower made me smile as I have some sweet photos of a squirrel doing the same and then it looks like he holds the flower and smells it.
Hope you have a lovely day and great weekend - the weather doesn't look too good with high winds expected (or is that just further down on the west?) - hope your veggies will be safe.
Gill xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh what a wonderful garden --- amazing!
I cooked also green beans yesterday as my neighbour gave me a lot of blue ones from her father's garden- that beans are blue but get green during the cookingprocess ( I had them for the first time- do you know them? I didn't)Thea were delicious with potatoes...yummie!
Oh you had a conversation with the frog? Did he enjoy the snails ???
Your flower paintings are just BEAUTIFUL and the digital painting makes one happy as well!
Wishing you a good garden time furthermore and a very happy weekend!
Thank you so much for joining us another time this month! We always appreciate to have Orange Esmeralda with us - you know this for sure Sheila!
oxo Susi

Tammie Lee said...

Such an abundant and lovely garden, yay!
I have so many frogs, they are such a joy to see!

Your flowers are so charming. I love looking at them.
I think it is time for me to do some art.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your garden is wonderful and all those fresh veggies look delicious! Your artwork is gorgeous, I love the way you have painted the seed pods - the colours and textures you have created are lovely! Wishing you a happy weekend! J :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'd LOVE it if my garden was flourishing as much as yours. Mine has started to bolt, and that's not good when you are only growing herbs!

I really enjoyed the art today. I love the watercolor phase you are in. That pink flower is incredible. It's a real jewel. And of course, I thought your conversation with the flower was simply adorable and so YOU!

ULKAU said...

What a cute toad or frog-visit in your garden, and I had to laugh when I saw, what meal you offered him!
And I love rods beans, they taste so good and look always so beautiful in the garden. When I formerly had a garden, I always loved to draw up the poles in spring.
Wonderful Flower painting again, gives a real summer feeling! Nice weekend from Ulrike

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing your 'nature's wonders' in both your photos and your art, Sheila. Your garden looks amazing!
I love your watercolours; they are so vibrant and full of life, and your digi piece made me smile...
Hope you're enjoying those beans. Jx

~*~Patty S said...

What a glorious garden of eden you have Sheila!
So beautiful and inviting so no wonder all God's creatures come by to visit ;-)
That one bean is outdoing itself for sure.
Your "Seed Pods" painting is especially wonderful.
Watercolors are foreign to me.
You make me want to play both in the garden AND with watercolors!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend oxo

kat said...

Wow your garden really is blooming, what a treat! No wonder that frog paid you a visit! All the creatures must be loving it there, your garden and art are alive and flowing! I love the simplicity of your flower and bird piece and the words mixed in with it, your mouse pieces are really refreshing and fun, a great post! Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden, keep on enjoying all its gifts!

The Happy Whisk said...

I LOVE seeing these photos. Thanks!

Giggles said...

Oh my goodness I am in LOVE with your explosion of colour in "seed pods" It would make a fabulous duvet cover...all my favorite colour mixed together.. Couldn't have put it together better if it were planned!! Awesome hardy garden...with a precious froggy friend is so cool!!
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art and garden!! What a treat...

Hugs Giggles

rike said...

Beautiful garden with one laughing bean :) The frog did not move any leg from first to second photo ... Your watercolors and your digital bird are wonderful!

Margik said...

Hi Sheila! I really love the photos of your beautiful garden. The green beans cooked will be delicious.
Your nature pieces are fantastic, especially the pink flower, and the little photo-edit piece is so fun!
Mar xx

genie said...

We need to live closer so we could share my tomatoes and your green beans. I am getting tired of freezing the tomatoes, but now I will be happy this winter. Loved your artwork this week. Your Seed Pods and your Pink Flowers are just beautiful. I love your technique. Are you wetting the paper before starting and keeping it wet til you finish. Whatever yu did and however yu did it, I love both of them. Really "PURDY" pictures :-) genie

Summer said...

I would love me some of those beans today ♥

chrissie said...

Wonderful post with lots to admire and beautiful journal pages as well

Love Chrissie xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Sheila, I missed this post, I've been very busy with family here for a wedding. It's been so hot, I don't have much energy. Your garden looks fabulous, the little froggie and snails as well. Your artwork is fantastic, love your colours and whimsical designs. Take good care xx

Fodie Ann said...

Hi Sheila another day of glorious sunshine, although I do see some late summer russet tones appearing on the trees in the distance! I loved the story of the runaway bean, and seeing the well camouflaged frog - expect he enjoyed the snails. What lovely colours your garden creatures sport, What vibrant colours too in your pink flower and weed pods, and I enjoyed the drawn with a mouse conversation between the bird and flower! Hugs xx

janie said...

Hello Sheila
This is one of my favourite posts, lie love to see your garden and all the life within but I especially love the vibrancy of your artwork...its superb x x x