Delicate eucalyptus twigs and leaves give our Enfield Eucalyptus print a fresh and airy feel, perfect for the transitional time between winter and spring. This all-greenery design shows different varieties of eucalyptus scattered across a light grey backdrop. The print lends its name from a beautiful eucalyptus tree that was planted by the British horticulturist E. A. Bowles at Myddelton House, which is located in The London Borough of Enfield. For this design, I didn’t have to look far at all. My sister Irena is a florist and eucalyptus has been one of the most popular wedding greeneries, and this trend doesn’t seem to slow down any time soon. Btw, follow our wedding and flower arranging boards on Pinterest for more inspiration. So all I did was sneak into her studio, borrow (yes, I’m using this term loosely here) a few twigs of eucalyptus and get my pencils out. I left her a few biscuits as compensation though. I’m not actually that terrible of a sister.
Creating the design
Drawing the different shades of green was very calming, and I enjoyed the smell of fresh eucalyptus at my desk. Limiting the colour palette to just a small range of hues is always an exciting undertaking and something I also did this in our Chelsea Blooms print. Once you take a closer look, you’ll notice that there isn’t just one shade of green but countless variations. The leaves of the silver dollar eucalyptus range from a cool sliver-grey to an almost whitish blue. The baby blue eucalyptus has similar but deeper shades, going from rich dark greens to leaves that seem to be whitewashed. Whereas, the seeded eucalyptus features warm earthy tones with a hint of burgundy around the edges. I also love how different the leaf shapes of each variety are: soft and round to pointy and lancet-shaped. Some are more loosely leafed, while the leaves of others variations are nestled closely to the branch. I’m working on another all-greenery pattern for later this year, and I must say that this first foray into only-leaves design was a great delight.
The Myddelton House Gardens includes a beautiful carp lake, conservatory, a number of historical artifacts and is famous for its bearded iris. EA Bowles, the creator of this park, was an enthusiastic collector of plants and seeds, and the garden at Myddelton house included many rare specimens.
Photo credit: Visit London
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