Mary Ann's book inspired me to set up my own sketchbook. I already have a sketchbook - Stillman and Birn (Zeta series). I use it for many purposes, including botanical studies, but I decided to make my own sketchbook, dedicated only for botanical studies, with Fabriano Artistico paper, as it is my favourite hot pressed paper to paint on. I don't know how to join the sheets yet, I'm still thinking how to do this in a simple way and so that I could add or remove sheets in the future. I'll be working on it.
But meanwhile I just took a piece of Fabriano paper and painted some studies of Cyclamen I bought the other day.
The most tricky were the leaves. I have to work on them much more. Each leaf has a bit different shade of green. For the leaves I used many colors, different mixes for each leaf. I tried to avoid Permanent Sap Green as a base, but it became handy here to make reach dark green.