Archive for the ‘Trees’ Category

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

A Tree of Many Leaves of a Brachychiton

In 2018, I planted Brachychiton seeds from pods I found in the Home Depot parking lot.

Currently I have one of the potted trees in the foyer. Today I noticed the tree has numerous leaf shapes.

Brachychiton Tree

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Brachychiton Leaf

Previous Brachychiton Post


Nearly Completed–Old Men Plant Trees Book

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book
2022 May 15
Combed the back side of the coco blanket liner for easier removal of the book. Also applied PVA to the interior to secure the blanket in place. It was staying in with friction, but PVA will prevent the blanket from pulling out when removing the book.

Added to the fiber to cover a paper bowl (paper left over from another piece). After the bowl dries, I plan to do some stitchwork and code.

Coco Fiber and Paper Bowl

2022 May 16
Application of wax to seal the cardboard, soften the feel of the material, and to add some age. Once set, I will give the wax a buff.

The wax is soft, easy to apply, and does not have a harsh odor. It mixes nicely with a variety of materials.

Cover

Wax applied to the book covers.

Waxed Book Covers

2022 May 17
The application of wax gives the cover a softer feel.

Waxed Book Covers

Waxed Book Covers


Dimensions
Box–15cm x 10.5cm x 9.5cm
Book Closed–4cm x 11.5cm x 7cm
Book Open–129.5cm

Materials–tree wrap, glassine envelopes, oak leaves, linen thread, coco fiber, found wooden box, wax, PVA, prints, recycled paper and cardboard.


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!


Woodpecker

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Melanerpes formicivorus (Acorn Woodpecker)

Visited our 40′ plus oak trees yesterday morning. I heard it before I could sort of see it. Really too far away to get a photo. Even though the photo isn’t great, it records when the woodpecker visited the garden.

Woodpecker

Cornell Lab

Audubon


Snagged my Attention

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Beautiful find when I exited the hospital. I had just completed a pulmonary function test. Feeling a bit high from the albuterol, so I decided to wander around in the parking lot a bit.

The shape is nice.
Cercidium-Parkinsonia

The bark is an amazing beautiful green.
Cercidium-Parkinsonia

The flowers are cheerful.
Cercidium-Parkinsonia

When I did a google image search, I hit on Cercidium-Parkinsonia. The images do appear similar. May or may not be the correct identification.

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute at Cal Poly

This is on my list of nurseries to visit.
Las Pilitas Nursery (Native Plants)


Sansevieria Flowers in Garden

Monday, July 12th, 2021

This is an unkempt section of the courtyard. There are several inches of oak and pine litter that I haven’t had the energy to clean up.

Sansevieria Fireplace

Inside the ‘fireplace’ there are several starts of Trapped Cactus, Sansevieria, and miscellaneous other plants.

Left to their own devices three Sansevieria have flower stems.

Sansevieria Buds

Sansevieria Flowers

Sansevieria Flowers

Not a single Sansevieria potted up inside and cared for, is blooming. Perhaps a plant can be given too much care?


New Growth–Brachychiton

Monday, June 14th, 2021

March 2016, I gathered seed pods from the Home Depot parking lot.

Brachychiton Pods

I planted several seeds. Nine trees survived. The trees are 18″ to 36″ in height. Seven were transplanted next to the garden wall.

Two trees are still in pots. One has some beautiful new growth. I hoped that the buds would become flowers. They chose to become more leaves.

Brachychiton Tree

Previous Post
Found Brachychiton Pods


Oak Pollen Litter

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Oak Pollen

Oak Pollen


Blooming Monday May 10th

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Brugmansia

One of Multiple Brugmansia in the Orchard

White Rose

White Rose the Blooms Nearly All Year

Faux Strawberry

Faux Strawberry

Evening Primrose

Self Sowed Evening Primrose

Gazania

Gazania

Lilac

French Lilac

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Cymbidium

Cymbidium Still Blooming

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple that appeared to be dying in the garden. Potted it up. Now looking great.

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet

Cactus Red Flower

Cactus First Flower of the Year


Burgundy Plum in Flower

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Plum

 Bee on Plum