It’s nature day at COP26 so I take a look at what nature is doing in the small world of my urban garden.
Fashionably late, the cosmos is in flower. I associate it with Summer but looking it up, some varieties are happy in cooler weather. Getting closer to draw, I notice that its petals have their shoulders in, like a group of people shuffling in for a photograph. Its buds, round at first glance, are fat, flat discs, wrapped neatly with leaves, like posh cheese.
Back in Spring, I sowed a few spare amaranth seeds in small pots. I thought they might be overcrowded but instead, nature has done a clever thing – the plants have adapted to the size of the space, like a tiny garden with scaled-down leaves and flowers.
This miniature world is going on at the other end of the garden too, a baby holly tree popping up where pigeons have dropped berries as they snack.
As the world discusses all things wildlife, I resolve to be a better auntie to my small patch of urban garden, learning more about its plants and creatures so that I can do my bit to help.
Ballpen, watercolour and fineliner on waste paper.
In my Teemill shop, my Winter range, sketched from saved seeds and snippings of plants brought indoors, printed to order on organic cotton garments and delivered in plastic-free packaging.