Alison Jane Harley

- botanical and floral artist -

Horse Chestnut

It’s time to light the candles: This beautiful horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is majestic. Its big, showy candelabra-like panicles have been in bloom for what feels like weeks now and it really does look as if hundreds of candles have been placed upright on the branches of this huge tree. They are quite a sight from a distance due to their size – but looking at them closely you could easily be reminded of ice cream because in each big creamy white panicle there are hundreds of tiny flowers with little dots of red and yellow – reminiscent of tutti-frutti ice-creams.

Shiny chestnuts coming out of their shell

A quick colour match sketch

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