2019 January 1 Shell Beach

January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year

Low Tide
Shell Beach

Shell Beach

And Collected Holey Rocks

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Shell Beach


Trapped Cactus

December 28th, 2018

Apparently a decision was made to landscape the area where the Trapped Cactus was growing. At first glance I thought the cactus had been totally removed.

Trapped Cactus

Closer look, the Trapped Cactus is stilling growing sandwiched between the chain linked fence and the reed privacy fence.

Trapped Cactus

What a resilient plant! What a relief that it still lives.



Impulse Buy and What to do With Them

December 16th, 2018

I was in Michaels looking for a bead needle and ran across ceramic bunny beads. They made me smile. After finding a bead needle, I went back to look at the bunny beads.

What do you do with an impulse buy?

First I made a pair of earrings.

Rabbit Beads

Then another pair of earrings.

Rabbit Beads

Made a necklace with the beads strung on linen.

Rabbit Beads

The thing is, I really don’t wear jewelry, especially cute jewelry.

When I am not working in the studio or garden, I wear a necklace that I made with a pair of pewter magnolia earrings.

Necklace and Earrings

The necklace is waxed linen cord with a bound holey rock from a NY Day visit to Shell Beach. My wedding band. Part of a pair of bunny earrings. One earring lost at a garden supply shop. The earrings were a gift from my husband. And a small locket my niece gave me. It is funny that I actually gave her the locket years earlier for Christmas. The locket has a photo of my husband and Nora, a bunny who lived with us. Everything is sentimental.

Nora

December 21st will be the 4th anniversary of the death of Nora, the sweet little bunny who lived with us.

Back to the impulse buy, finally I made this bobble.
Rabbit Beads

It is closer to my work and my necklace. I like the combination of a spring and black safety pin.

When would I ever wear it? I tried fastening it to a jacket, that didn’t work. I tried fastening it to the laces of shoes. That didn’t work.

Last night I hung the bobble in the kitchen. It is too small to be on its own.

Rabbit Beads

This morning had an idea for the bunny beads. Leaning toward stringing the beads together with Birch twigs, safety pins, and linen fiber. Could hang them from the kitchen spice rack filled with bunnies. Seems like it could be a fitting solution.


More Agave Photos

December 16th, 2018

Agave

Agave

Agave


Solanum pyracanthum at the local Farm Supply

December 6th, 2018

Solanum pyracanthum

Solanum pyracanthum Label

Solanum pyracanthum Leaves

Solanum pyracanthum Thorns

Solanum pyracanthum with Bee

The plant looks dangerous, but is it toxic? According to Wikipedia it is.

Solanum pyracanthum on Wikipedia.

The plant contains toxic tropane alkaloids in its leaves, stem and fruit and therefore should be considered dangerous to humans.

Did I purchase it? Nope. I like the idea of plants with thorns, but I do not like to work around them.


First Glance–Looked Like A Caterpillar

December 4th, 2018

Hibiscus trionum stem

Hibiscus trionum stem

Images of Hibiscus trionum Life Cycle
Hibiscus trionum buds

Hibiscus trionum flower

Hibiscus trionum flower detail

Hibiscus trionum spent flower

Hibiscus trionum seed pod

Hibiscus trionum seed pod


Agave with Unusual Color

November 30th, 2018

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Wait… What is inside my tomato?

November 16th, 2018

This afternoon I went food shopping because I had a hankering for a simple lettuce and tomato salad.

I washed and prepared the lettuce. Washed the tomato. Cut the tomato. Placed some of the tomato on the lettuce. Then noticed something odd.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 15 Afternoon

On closer look, it became clear that several tomato seeds were sprouting inside the tomato.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 15 Afternoon

Apparently, I was under the mistaken notion that tomato seeds cannot sprout inside the fruit.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 16 Morning

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 16 Morning

College Of Agriculture, Health And Natural Resources Extension

Vivipary happens when the hormone controlling the seed dormancy is exhausted or runs out, letting the seed grow in the moist environment inside the fruit.

B. Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Consumer Horticulturist

In tomatoes, cool temperatures coupled with low light conditions (such as in refrigeration) is thought to inhibit that particular PGR (plant-growth regulators), thus allowing the seeds to germinate inside the moist, warm environment of the fruit, when brought back to room temperature.

The sprouts of tomato seeds are toxic, so you should not eat the fruit.


Since I had tossed some of the cut tomato into my salad I removed it and rewashed the lettuce.

What should I do with the rest of the tomatoes that I purchased?

Purchased Tomatoes

Purchased Tomatoes Stickers

Outrageously Fresh? Sure they could be. Perhaps what could have happened–the tomatoes
were chilled between harvest and the shelf in the grocery store.

If I don’t slice the tomatoes could the seeds sprout and emerge through the skin? That would be very cool.

What should I do with the sprouting seeds? Plant them?
No guarantee what I might get if any of the seedlings survive.


It Was a Brilliant Green Caterpillar

November 10th, 2018

I noticed a lot of damage to this plant, but couldn’t find the culprit.

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Until Wednesday. How could I miss this caterpillar?

Green Caterpillar

Green Caterpillar

Since I am not sure who he is, decided to leave him. To wait and see. Pretty sure he is a moth of sorts.

The plant is probably a Plectranthus. I purchased it on a whim from the neighborhood grocery store.

It is a fast grower. Easy to propagate by snapping off a piece and either placing the piece in a small amount of water or popping it directly in soil.


Blue is the Color of Hope and Change

November 6th, 2018

There are some amazing candidates that have given me hope that our country can overcome the cruelty of the current administration.

Their truthful words and positive messages have already changed our country.

The current administration assaults our country, other countries, and the people who live in our country and those who live all over the world. The assaults occur multiple times a day, every single day.

Stacey Abrams, “We must cease being participants in our own oppression.”

Beto O’Rourke, “At the moment that [these children] finally thought they had reached safety, refuge, were going to petition for asylum, they were taken from their parents, and are now in Tornillo with no idea of when or if they will see their mothers or their fathers on this Father’s Day again.”

Andrew Gillum, “I’m not calling him a racist. But the racists believe he’s a racist.”


Stacey Abrams quote can be found on the Black Enterprise site.

Beto O’Rourke quote can be found on Politico.

Andrew Gillum quote is from a recent debate. Can also be found on several sites including the Washington Post.