Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Evening Primrose

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Unfurling Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose and Companions…

Evening Primrose and Geranium
…a geranium and an ant.


The Many Forms of Trapped Cactus

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Trapped Cactus Original Cutting
Interesting that the flower bud is located on a leaf that I thought was dying.
Trapped Cactus Cutting

Cutting Taken From Original Trapped Cactus Cutting in Its Normal Setting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Cutting

Trapped Cactus Parent May 11 2022
It is still growing in between a fence and a privacy fence.
Trapped Cactus Parent

Even in lousy conditions, the Trapped Cactus blooms!
Trapped Cactus Parent


Another Nearly Completed Piece–A Gift From My Mother

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

This morning I applied liquid starch to the vessel. It is not yet dry.

Today is the anniversary of my mother’s death. The plant that she gave me is still doing well. It is a joy when a plant gift thrives.

Mother’s Gift

Mother’s Gift

Mother’s Gift

Code-a gift from my mother

Materials–knitted linen, dried succulent flowers, wood, metal, beads, starch.

The succulent was a gift from my mother. The metal plate was amongst my father’s things in his workshop.

Dimensions–13.5cm x 16.5cm x 8cm

The plant is the Red Velvet Echeveria.

2020 July

Succulent

2022 May
Succulent
Succulent


A Few Interesting Leaves

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Salvia Leaf Damage

Salvia Leaf Damage

Hairy Leaf

Neighbor’s Succulent
Succulent Pattern


Ice Plant and Nigella

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Ice Plant

Ice Plant Yellow and Pink

The buds and early flowers are yellow.
Ice Plant Pink

With age the flowers change to pink.
Ice Plant Pink

Nigella

Nigella

Nigella


Rescued Trapped Cactus Flower

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

April 10
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 15
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 19
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 23 9:00am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 10:00am
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 12:00 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 12:30 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 5:30 pm
Has a light fragrance, sort of similar to Narcissus.
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 5:50 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 6:23 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 6:58 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 7:30 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 24 8:21 pm
Trapped Cactus Flower

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 25 9:10 am

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 26 11:00 am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 26 2:00 pm

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 27 10:00 am

Trapped Cactus Flower

April 29 8:47 am
Trapped Cactus Flower

April 30 10:50 am
Trapped Cactus Flower


May 11 Trapped Cactus Parent Plant

Trapped Cactus Parent Plant


A Few Flowers

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Succulent Flower

Succulent Flower

Dietes
Dietes

Hibiscus
Hibiscus

Lilac
Cutting from a plant in my orchard.
Lilac

Nigella
Nigella

Nigella

Nigella

Passion Flower
Passionvine

Salvia
Salvia


Piece in Progress–Contemplate Something Beautiful

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

I am working on a piece that has the code–contemplate something beautiful. The code is based on a masonic cipher. Or the common Pigpen Cipher.

Contemplate something beautiful

I upcycled some green painters’ paper that was used as a template for a previous project. Made the blocks from tree wrap and cotton twine. Used safety pins and cotton thread to attach to the blocks to the background. Then used a solution of salt, peroxide, and white vinegar to age the metal. Unfortunately I used stainless washers for the twine icord at the top.

Contemplate something beautiful

This morning the piece still wasn’t dry so I placed it outside to finish drying. When I checked on it, I found that a spent Brugmansia flower had fallen onto it.

Contemplate something beautiful

I think it looks beautiful as part of the piece. Will I keep it? Maybe…


Flowers and Other Activity in the Garden 20220321

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Butterfly

Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria

Brugmansia
Brugmansia

Cerinthe
Cerinthe

Cistus
Cistus Buds

Cistus

Cymbidium
Cymbidium

Cymbidium

Daffodil
Daffodil

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Freesia
Freesia Lilac

Freesia Lilac

Freesia Stripe

Freesia Stripe

Hellebore
Hellebore

Knotweed
Knotweed

Pussy Willow (cutting)
Pussy Willow

Sweet Pea Shrub
Sweet Pea Shrub

Wisteria
Wisteria


A Nature Gift

Friday, March 18th, 2022

In mid December I checked out the green waste bin looking for potential art materials. Saw a sweet little oak cutting. I snagged it.

Looked like a wee stump with a few twigs. Thought that it might be fun to use in a piece. Popped it in some water hoping it would prevent it from drying out before I had an opportunity to look at it closer. It has been growing new leaves, no roots. Pretty sure this is not a tree that can be propagated in water.

Oak Cutting

Last week I moved it upstairs. I thought it would get better light during the day.

Oak Cutting

I totally forgot to water the little oak one day. It requires loads of water.
Unfortunately, it’s started to lose leaves and some of the twig-like branches died.

I pruned the dried dead bits.

Oak Cutting

I think the green section may survive. How, not sure.

This leaf gave me pause.

Oak Cutting

Nature offers amazingly beautiful gifts!