Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Azaleas at Dawyck and Mt. Katsuragi-san

Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Dawyck (2003)  :  Wall hanging,acrylic on calico (180 x 130cm)


Detail

Azaleas, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders, May 2011.

As above

Pathway with Dawyck House in the background.

Wild azaleas, Mt.Katsuragi-san, Japan.
Photo by Cosmos.


The Dawyck arboretum, gifted  to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 1979 by the owner of Dawyck estate,contains many historic and interesting trees and shrubs. The collection was begun over 300 years ago by the Naesmyth family,the then owners of the estate. As azaleas are likely to have been brought to Scotland from China and Japan by plant hunters in the 18th and 19th centuries,I thought it would be interesting to show this amazing expanse of wild azaleas on Mt.Katsuragi-san in Japan.My thanks to Cosmos for kindly letting me show her photo.

16 comments:

...louciao... said...

So well captured in your paint and stitchery--the heat, the colour, the vibrancy and textures of the azaleas. I love the mystery of your surface. Well...not your surface (though it may be mysterious as well, I wouldn't know)...but that of your wall hanging!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Oh, this is simply glorious! I love the colours, and the way you pull out from the art, through the post, into the inspiration.

I SOOO hope I am able to post this comment - Blogger tecnicalities, please!

dritanje said...

yes, the colours of your hanging are truly stunning like blurred vivid memories - and of course the actual flowers were and are so gorgeous. I really liked iouciao's comment, it made me laugh.
Brilliant!
xx

redrose said...

Good morning Ruby.
This is a simply beautiful art! I like the color of purple and azaleas on your soft texture.
Thank you for the interesting information about the azaleas blooming in the Dawyck Botanic Garden.
The Dawyck House beautifully standing in the background catches my eyes. The orange and red azaleas in the arboretum are brilliant, and the wild azaleas posted by our friend “Cosmos” are gorgeous as well! I live near Mt.Katsuragi-san, but I have never been there. I should go next year!

cosmos said...

Hello Ruby,
Fascinating work!
I like the way the gradation of bright colors blends into another color and creates a harmonious dreamy work. The blue-red accetuates warm color like yellow and orange and I think the cross stitches capture the azeleas and rhododendrons well.

Thank you for introducing wild azeleas in Japan.
Cosmos

cosmos said...

Sorry, accentuate, not accetuate.
This kind of typo often happens to me.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Ruby, your sense of texture and color and balance is delightful. I live in a city full of azaleas which grace us with green bushes most of the year and exquisite colors for a month each spring. Love this beautiful hanging, mon amie!

Bises,
Genie

tattina said...

Dear Ruby, your work is so close to the wild japanese azaleas!
I wish you new great inspirations.

stardust said...

I’m glad to know that you got inspiration from Mt.Katsuragi azaleas as well as Dawyack's. The combination of vivid colors uniquely looks warm and soft. I like it. Thank you for sharing.

Kim said...

Wow! You've captured the vibrant colors of the azaleas beautifully on your canvas. As for the real-life azaleas, I have never seen such a lovely pastel orange like that before! Your photographs are wonderful!

henk knibbeler said...

Beautiful work Ruby and that for a lady in red;)
Thanks for your comments on my site, always precious and pointed to in a special way!

Love the colors here, your fine art and so, thanks for that!

Have a nice day and week..

Greetings,

Henk.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments...... and thanks again Cosmos for your input.

Enjoy your week!

Best wishes,
Ruby

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Tomoko,I hope you do make the journey sometime!

snowwhite said...
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snowwhite said...

Ruby, this work is breathtaking!! The clouds of azalea and rhododendrons in the sun and in shade are absolutely overwhelming!! In cosmos's blog, I called azalea red Japan's red, which I love so much.
You mentioned about plant hunters in the 18th and 19th centuries. It interested me very much.
Thank you for sharing and I'm very sorry I missed your blog.
Have a wonderful week!

Jenny Woolf said...

And I would like to see some representations of azaleas in felt, which always seems to create such a dense mass of colour.

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