Botanical Illustration. Artist Code: 1704. Scarlet-berry Iris—Iris foetidissima (Stinking Iris). FOR SALE Completed October 2017. Original life size Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% Hot Pressed cotton rag paper (240lb). Unframed size 14” x 20”.
Painted for a special worldwide Botanical Exhibition in May 2018, my picture unfortunately failed the selection process. However, it was fun painting it. Resource material was collected from my little wild garden and from Watts Wood in Comberton, Cambridgeshire.
A Little Poem:
A vigorous unobtrusive flower
Quite pleasing to the eye – beware and cower
Disturbing the leaves, produces a scent –
a rank aroma that is meant
To ward off pickers in this plant of stealth,
With poison ooze can damage your health!
In spring through summer the flowers bloom
And scarlet berries in autumn’s gloom
May brighten up the gloomiest day
Just admire the plant, but stay away!