A surprise harvest

It's clearing day for the sunflowers. The squirrel has done its best to hurl itself at the one seed head spared by wind and rain but there's a full head of seeds, which I hook over a tree for the birds.

Tough stems cleared and saved for plant supports, I find chard ready for a small harvest. As I weed around it, on a radish gone to seed, there are a few seed pods, like bulbous pottery jars in miniature. Their colour is soft, warm yellow blending to green tips. I use a kitchen scourer for the speckles of earth.

Leggy stems of fennel are ready to trim too, the main seed harvest done. In an unseasonably warm week, it's sprouting again so I harvest a sprig along with a few leaves of chard.

The chard needs bold marks for its rich, glossy, gathered leaves. For the the fennel I do the opposite, light scribbles of line and colour to keep the life in its feathery fronds.

And so, outside comes inside, me as the light goes; garden to supper.

Ballpen, watercolour, fineliner, highlighter and watercolour pencil on handed-down watercolour paper.

Sketches from this project are available as greeting cards, from the Garden Museum shop in London, at Hackney Wick Underground, and here on Etsy, with prints to order.

On my Teemill shop, sketches on t-shirts and tote bags.