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Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Nature Journal

A farmer friend’s carrots (here in Tarlton, South Africa) have all gone to seed and have formed these gorgeous flowers, not unlike Queen Anne’s Lace. Did you know that Carrots are from the Parsley family?

The Parsley Family includes some wonderful edible plants like the carrot and parsnip, plus more aromatic spices found in your spice cabinet, such as anise, celery, chervil, coriander, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and of course, parsley. But unlike the Mustard or Mint families, the Parsleys are not all safe for picking and eating. In fact, the Parsley family is among the most important families of plants to learn, since it includes the deadliest plants in North America: poison hemlock and water hemlock. Note that the hemlock tree is totally unrelated. The wild carrot is the same species, but a different variety than the carrots we grow and eat.

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Very interesting!! Wonderful info too!…and oh yes, a suitable and attractive painting!

  • Many thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    Great work Maree!

  • Thank you Mr. Powers!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Such delicate work, Maree

  • Thanks Shulie, it is a very delicate looking flower, but surprisingly tough when you try and pick it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 4 years ago
  • Glad you like it Susan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 4 years ago
    • I’ve never seen a carrot’s flowers. Beautiful Maree.
  • Me too, now we know! Thanks Mariaan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work – love it. Michelle

  • Aaaah, so pleased you like ti Michelle, thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 3 years ago

    I’ve learned something new about carrots! Beautiful, Maree!

  • So did I from my farmer friend Ann! Glad you like this, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

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