Dog Fennel?

I painted this postcard size watercolor at the lake:

Wild Daisy postcard

I painted it outdoors – this was my view:

fence post and daisies

I used a little artistic liberty and removed the green sewer pole sign.  My intention was to paint the daisies.  I discovered that it was not easy to paint small daisies…

Painting these “wild daisies” motivated me to get out my book on wildflowers when I got home:

Wildflower Field Guide

I still struggled to identify them.  So I took a closer look:

close-up daisy photo

And with the help of the internet, I believe they are a member of the Aster family.  There most common name is Mayweed.   They are also called Stinking Chamomile and Dog Fennel.

According to, “Anthemis cotula is an introduced species which is now found in every state in the United States and in most of Canada.  It can be invasive, and is officially listed as a noxious weed in Colorado and Nevada.”  I had no idea!

I kind of like the name Dog Fennel.

dog at lake


I encourage you to discover a new flower this week!  🙂

Happy Creating!

7 responses to “Dog Fennel?

  1. Sweet little postcard! Good idea to leave out the sewer pole 🙂 LOL!

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  2. Very nice! You can add in the daisies with a little white gouache if you want now or later. Adorable doggie and lovely scene. Gotta go to work now so bye for now!

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    • Thanks Cynthia – and great suggestion about using white gouache for the daisies! The dog was out for a walk with its human so I took a photo. I thought the dog’s eyes and coloring was beautiful! ❤️

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  3. Awww this is nice work, Jill! I love the shading on your post too! Have a great week, Lady Sunshine!

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