Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Goldenrod Field - Lin Frye

Goldenrod Field
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice

It was a restive day yesterday with the rainfall we had been needing. The cleaned garden beds seemed so receptive for the extra dousing of water, and the plants still flowering, seemed to 'perk up' with the day's rain.

The painting is of a field of goldenrod seen near my home. That yellow truly brightens up a rainy day! So many folks blame their fall hayfever on the goldenrod. Truth be told, goldenrod pollen is far to heavy to be windborne --- Instead, the culprit is the ragweed, which also blooms about now. There are hundreds of varieties of goldenrods. My favorite is the sweet goldenrod, Solidago odorata. The leaves, when crushed, smell like black licorice - and make a fabulous tea!

It'll be a super busy week again. We're preparing for our college president's inauguration and a college open house that should bring in hundreds of guests. We've eight activities planned and the four of us involved should be pretty tired by the end of the week. We're also preparing the outdoors AND indoors so everything looks extra nice, and we're hoping that the rain will hold off enough so we can get to the last need for edging and pruning. The rain yesterday will have given the weeds a 'boost' as well.

Have a great week!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Ooooh, Lin. What a beauty. Love our brush work and choices made. Didn't know about the sweet Goldenrod. Now I'll be crushing leaves to see if I can find it :)

  2. Wow Lin this deserves my WOWZA! award.

  3. I love Goldenrod, too, and recently learned that about Goldenrod being blamed for Ragweed's work. Was admiring different varieties of Goldenrod while in New Hampshire last week and wanting to identify them and then draw them in pen & ink with watercolor wash.


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