I plant daffs in my garden and then the prevailing wind blows them over – so finally, after years of this happening, I’ve planted tiny narcissi instead. I never really thought about the subtleties of their shape until I started drawing them. They vary hugely, from centres like pleated skirts to little bowls of petal. These are coloured with natural ink, which I’ve started learning about since the last growing season (Thank you, Cordwainers Dye). It’s given me a new way to think about gardening – and about colour in the garden. So this year, I’ve planted some seeds for inks.
Biro and natural ink, on scrap paper swatch.