Parker fountain pen, black ink and W & N watercolours in my Nature Journal – Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper
Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerard De Nerval
All the Aloes are in full flower and the winter got all 3 of my Aloe ferox, burnt the flowers brown. This is a depiction of my Aloe marlothii, which has never flowered before, maybe it’s still too young.
This hardy plant, indigenous to South Africa, with its succulent leaves, can survive the harshest conditions. When damaged by man or animal, the plant seals off any wound with a sticky, dark liquid that prevents infestation by virus, fungus or insect.