Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

This is a local drawing Circle in a community greenhouses.

We share a communal drawing diary and use drawing to track growth through the year. In the Spring we drew daffodils growing, from bulb to flower and beyond. Now for the summer season we are drawing an apricot tree. We chose 1 branch, and then an extra little leaf to follow. These images show the progression from March onwards.

The apricot tree – March 12th 2015

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the little branch we chose to track

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First drawing (Val H) of the branch and 17 buds. At this stage we thought it was a cherry tree!

Apricot Branch 12th March 2015

Week 2, 19th March, the flower bud had grown a bit

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A week later – the flower bud had fallen off. March 26th.

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We found the bud on the path nearby

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By mid April the branch had lots of stems and leaves. April 16th

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…and 23rd April. New growth on stems.

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23rd April

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30th April

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May 7th A rainy day and only a photo to show – so many leaves now that it is hard to see the branch. Especially without drawing it…

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– not a drawing of our branch, but one of the apricots coming…15th May

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21st May – we all got interested in little fronds that are at base of new leaf stems (see Val’s drawing below, bottom left corner) – they drop off once leaf gets bigger. No one so far knows what they are for. We wonder if a protective sheath, like Daffodils have? Someone suggested they are a ‘growth aid’.

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We began tracking a little leave we spotted on a branch. Not many new leaves on these bigger branches now. We are watching keenly where new growth comes…

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Vicky’s drawing of the little leave

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4th June

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4th June

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11th June

3rd July

In recent weeks it has been too hot in the sun by Apricot tree, with no shade. This week we drew our BEAN in the shade instead.

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