When I joined Lucy’s Tree Following Project in February I rather wished I had known in advance because I would have planted some conkers. In a hopeful moment I went to look under the tree by the roadside and found some unprepossessing blackened conkers in the undergrowth, brought them home and stuck them in a pot. Out came sprouts and now they have grown into good little seedlings.
I though it would be interesting to draw the development so put another one in some vermiculite. That too sprouted, but so quickly that I missed the early stages of growth.
Today, outside in the sun and showers I sketched it. Two small compound leaves rise up from a split in the snaky root which has developed rootlets. Then a shower caught the ink.
Chestnut seedlings sketches and old conkers: A4 pen, ink and rain.
A small watercolour sketch stayed dry. Shame…a shower might just have improved it.
The optimistic new Horse Chestnut Tree
I am almost packed. We are off to Amsterdam…Hurrah….