Here it is.

Westfalenpark, Dortmund (fineliner and watercolor)
Westfalenpark, Dortmund (fineliner, watercolor, colored pencils)

 

 

Here it is again:

Autumn.

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I’ve missed the summer

Bergmann beer garden at the end of summer (fineliner and colored pencil)
Bergmann beer garden at the end of summer (fineliner and colored pencil)
Seems like I’ve missed the summer this year. Again.

Maybe it was that the weather was not so summery this year overall. Maybe it was working long hours at the office most of the time. Probably both.

The chestnut trees are already losing their leaves (but I think they have some kind of disease, it’s only August after all) and the other day I was standing at the bus stop and the wind was whisking dead leaves around my feet and it felt like the summer is over.

First-aid station for abused tomato plants

First-aid station for abused tomato plants (fineliner sketch)

First-aid station for abused tomato plants (fineliner sketch)
First-aid station for abused tomato plants (fineliner sketch)
Weeks ago I accidentally broke off part of the stem of one of my tomato plants. I put it in a glass of water and it started growing roots, so I planted in a pot of its own.
Just when I thought it had pulled through, I broke it off again (accidentally, of course). Not sure how much abuse a little plant like that can take.
But at least its mother plant continued to grow fine.

Another one of my plants, that was already carrying small green fruit, I dropped from quite some height and the stem broke off completely. I doubt that a big plant like that can grow new roots quick enough to recover.

Indoor tomato plants

Indoor tomato (fineliner)
Indoor tomato (fineliner)

Last year October: While cooking I was cutting tomatoes, and I noticed that the seeds had already started to germinate.

So I put them in a flower pot – fairly confident that they would not grow anyway.

But they did, so I planted them in separate, but very small, pots and put them on the window sill – fairly confident that they would not get enough light in winter indoors anyway.

But the tomatoes did not care about what I thought, and even though I neglected them and did not water them all that regularly they just kept growing and growing.

So now, months later, in spite of the tiny pots they have to grow in, I have almost ten plants which are now forming green fruit (but they are not ripe yet).

The marvels of nature.