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Planting the Backdrops for My Wildlife Art
I absolutely love wildflower meadows and have planted them throughout my garden. These meadows link the different areas of my garden and create corridors for the wildlife that I paint.
My living room looks out onto a wildflower meadow instead of a lawn.
The wildflower meadow is a draw for insects and birds
Sowing wildflowers in early spring
I chose chalkland species for my wildflower meadow
The Yorkshire Wolds is chalkland and so the species that thrive here are ones that have adapted to the chalky soil. These include wild carrot, red clover, ox-eye daisies, horse shoe vetch, self heal, yarrow, harebells, and greater knapweed.
Adding More Meadows
It wasn’t long before I began to add more wildflower areas to the garden and I now have wildflower meadows throughout my two-acre plot. These link the garden visually and also provide corridors for the wildlife that visits. The video below shows how each autumn I gather seeds and then plant them in a new area the following spring. I now have a meadow behind my art studio and this links to wildflower patches all the way around my gallery car park, through my woodland, and back to my house.
The wildlife loves it – I’ve even spotted hares loping through the grasses and one even chose to hide her young leverets here. Click here to read the story.
My wildflower meadow acts as a larder for my wild art subjects
I’m hoping this new ‘larder’ outside my living room window will feed this population over the winter and provide me with plenty of new painting models at the same time. Some of my best compositions, like the goldfinch feeding on a thistle head and the wren on a bracken frond below, are of birds feeding on seed heads.
My wildflower attracts insects and butterflies
My Wildflower Art Backdrops
The painting backdrops inspired by my wildflower meadow
These flowers have also been useful as studies for so many backdrops in my paintings.
I often spot hares loping through the wildflower meadows and have painted them with the flowers around them. Above is a hare in harebells, and below a hare with a dandelion clock.
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