The theme for Day 4 of the Sketchbook Revival with Karen Abend is to invite Nature into your sketchbook. The prompt from Wendy Hollender is to use watercolor and colored pencil to sketch a botanical specimen and to learn about the plant by adding notes.
I only put down one layer of watercolor and one layer of colored pencil and then I added some lines with black ink. (Strathmore 400 Series Field Watercolor Journal) That's not exactly how the lesson goes - but that is more or less my style.
I added some notes:
1. The bilateral halves of the leaf blade are folded into a flag-like outline at the leaf emergence.
2. Distinctive rounded stipules occur at the base of each petiole (3) on the young leaves. They abscise during the summer.
4. Terminal bud is valvate (duck-billed).
5. Lateral buds are smaller.
6. Leaf scar.
7. Circling stipule scars.