The original is watercolour in my Moleskine 200gsm Garden Journal
Even thou who mournst the daisy’s fate,
That fate is thine—no distant date;
Stern Ruin’s ploughshare drives, elate, Full on thy bloom,
Till crushed beneath the furrow’s weight
Shall be thy doom!
Author: Robert Burns
My Shasta Daisies in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) have now been over-taken by the weeds and I decided to do one last sketch before I trim them down for the winter. Come Spring, they will once again bloom in abundance, and be home to the white Crab Spider, which changes its colour depending on the colour of the flower it is sitting on.
Crab spiders are not active hunters. They make use of camouflage techniques and remain quite still until the prey arrives and then catch it. With a poisonous bite (not dangerous to humans) they kill their prey and suck it dry. Every season I love inspecting the daisies close-up, seeing how many I can find on a bush. I also refrain from watering the daisies with a hose pipe from the top in case I drown them!
Read more about Crab Spiders
See also Shasta Daisies below :
See also Daisies in the rain below:
See also Daisies in my garden below :