Garlic Flowers and Big Bear Cafe
Memorial Day weekend was especially wonderful this year, as unseasonably reasonable temperatures have continued in the DC area, letting us spend a lot of time outside. One of the places we spent some time at was Big Bear Cafe’s patio, enjoying a late afternoon cortado.
Big Bear has a wonderful garden, much of it with edible plants for their kitchen. This plant, the allium flower plant (aka “garlic flowers”), got my attention right away. At about 5-feet tall, and approximately 6-8 inches in diameter, it’s hard to ignore.
I took a few photos and went home right away to try to paint them. The first couple of alien-looking ones are the “before” photos, before the flower petals burst forth. The last one is a blooming allium, probably a Mt. Everest strain of the flower, with its crisp white flowers.
I painted the last two, with Robinson’s quotation broken up between them, as a pair that I have framed together.
Thanks Big Bear for the lovely inspiration!