Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Little Bit of Yellow

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Succulents

Succulent Yellow Flowers

Succulent Yellow Flowers

Salvia Yellow Flowers


Amaryllis and Drying Seed Pod

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Amaryllis Plant

Amaryllis Stem

Amaryllis Seed Pod

Amaryllis Seed Pod Empty Section

Amaryllis Seeds

Amaryllis Stacked Seeds

Attempt at Seed Propagation

Amaryllis Seeds

Dampened Paper Towels
Amaryllis Seeds Paper Towels

Amaryllis Pots


Amaryllis Seed Pod Removal

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Amaryllis Open Pod

Amaryllis Pod

Amaryllis Seeds Removed

Amaryllis Removed Seeds

Amaryllis Stem


Easter and Spring Flowers

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

Happy Easter

Solandra Buds and First Flower of the Season

Solandra Bud

Solandra Bud

Solandra Bud

Solandra Flower

Solandra Detail

Passiflora Buds and Flower

Pasiflora

Amaryllis Opened Pod

Amyrillis Pod

Amyrillis Pod


Popcorn Seedlings

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised that I now have corn seedlings. I purchased a package of corn seed for use as part of a Thanksgiving card. Even though I attempted to use the seeds in a card, the seeds were still viable.

Corn Seedling

Corn Seed Packet

Corn Seeds

I ended up using pumpkin seeds that I harvested in 2011.

Pumpkin Seeds

Thanksgiving Card

The lyrics are from a Thanksgiving song that was popular when I was in elementary school.

Lyrics–Henry Alford, 1810-1871
Music–George J. Elvey, 1816-1893

Botanical Interests offer great seed in gorgeously illustrated packets.


Memory Bowl Tests

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Gone back to working on my knitted Memory Bowls. Ran into a problem with the bowls not being sturdy enough. Put them on hold.

The bowls are fiber with some negative spaces within the patterns, a stiffener is in order. In the past I used sugar, shellac, corn starch, liquid starch, floor wax, microcrystalline wax, salt, and miscellaneous other stuff in the past. Wanted to spend some time thinking about how to finish the bowls.

Serendipity?

I have been following Maria Amélia Mendes’ YouTube channel. Her concrete tutorials are easy to follow, with loads of good tips. I really want to make some concrete pieces. Recently she posted a video–How to make baskets with wood sawdust. Thought I would test out her glue formula on a couple of knitted pieces.

The glue was combined with wood shavings and pressed into a form. After the pieces dried and hardened she added an application of her Finishing Glue. It is the same formula as her glue, with the addition of 100 ml of PVA.

Maria Amélia Mendes’ Homemade glue recipe:
1 liter of water
1 cup of cornstarch
50 ml of white vinegar

I made the Finishing Glue for my test pieces. I had forgotten that heated corn starch and water solution can suddenly become thick. Applied the glue to the test pieces. The thickness made it a tad challenging. If the pieces had been fragile, wouldn’t have been able to apply the glue. I refrigerated the left over glue. May try diluting it a bit if/when I use it in the future.

The first bowl is linen with a little plant fiber.

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Because the glue was a bit thick, after I applied the glue I gave it a rinse with the kitchen faucet spray function. The bowl was placed over a form to dry.

The second bowl is cotton with plant fiber.

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

The bowls were placed over forms and left in the sun to dry.

Test Bowls Drying

Both bowls are firm and the appearance of fiber hasn’t been altered too much.

Bowls China Cabinet

My next test will be with wool. Wool can be tricky. My first test using molten wax on wool changed its appearance to a plastic-like surface. Definitely ugly.

Check out Maria Amélia Mendes’ Youtube channel and her excellent concrete videos.


Cymbidium Bud and Blooms

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Cymbidium Buds

Cymbidium Blooms


Amaryllis in Progress

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

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Amaryllis


New Addition

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatus

New Addition 2021 March 17
Senecio articulatus sprout

Update 2021 April 14

Senecio articulatus sprout


Regrowth After Fire (September 6, 2020)

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

A few photos taken today when I hiked around the base of the mountain. Surprised there is so much plant activity. There has been very little rain since the fire.

Clearing Made by Bulldozer

Regrowth

Fire Retardant Still Visible
Fire Retardant

Miscellaneous Images
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Photos posted the day of the fire.