Blooming, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
My mother assigned the small plot of earth between the front and side doors to me at age 6. I was allowed to pick out a flat or two of small plants at the garden shop and purchase some seeds each year. She must have helped with the weeding the first few years, and I've had a garden ever since.
Painting flowers is a nice change from everglades art. I've never really concentrated on painting flowers, but always have fresh blooms in the house. Sometimes they're purchased from the grocery, but sometimes I'll pick a little something from the yard. The deep magenta center and the yellow-white edges of this hibiscus are showy enough to stand alone.