Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Converted Egyptian Paste Piece

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

While reorganizing my garage studio space I found one of my Egyptian Paste test pieces had apparently been used as a hotel for mice.

Egyptian Paste Box

The mice managed to get in the garage and found all of the dried and drying plant materials sustaining.

Mouse

When I was cleaning the space after the mice were relocated, it didn’t occur to me that I should look through the boxes of pieces stored in the space.

The box was constructed of hardware cloth and Egyptian paste. After firing the box, it was lined with black nylon and bound closed with strips of the same fabric. The fabric was dipped in diluted wood glue and hit with a heat gun, for a shrink wrap effect. I like that nylon can look like a skin, exposing the structure under it.

I have posted about this piece in the past. Pleased that the pieces have not developed a light coating of sodium.

Egyptian Paste Vessel

The pieces were constructed of hardware cloth, some had the addition of nails.

Egyptian Paste Vessel Nail Detail

The Egyptian paste was used like spackle and the lot fired to cone 015.

What to do with the mouse house? I am leaning toward popping it someplace, out of the way, in the garden.


Acacia Seed Pods

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Acacia Seed Pods

Acacia Seeds Pods

The interior of the pod is beautiful!
Acacia Pod Interior

Acacia Seed and Foliage


Ladybug Visitor

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Ladybug Found Roaming around the Kitchen

Placed it on a potted Brugmansia that is infested with spider mites.
Ladybug

The concave area appears to be a malformation or some type of damage. The ladybug probably came to be in the kitchen after involuntarily hitching a ride on dandelions or kale that was purchased at the Farmers’ Market.

Ladybug

I sharpened the image to show the damaged area a bit better.


Datura Pod

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Datura Pod


Senecio articulatus Changes and Leaf Growth

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

There is a thickening at the site of the new leaves.

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatus

Previous Posts
2020 October 27

Senecio articulatus

2020 July 13


Ludisia Flower Buds

Monday, November 9th, 2020

When a plant seems to not grow for nearly two years, what could that mean? Loads of stuff.

Wrong potting mix.
Wrong light.
Wrong watering.

When I bought the plant at the local Farmers’ Market, I thought the grower told me that the plant is an Impatiens.

Today when I did a google image search, I found that it is a Ludisia, a type of orchid. And that the soil was wrong, light wrong, and watering wrong, feeding wrong. Nice that it survived in spite of my incorrect care. I should have been caring for it like an African Violet.

I repotted it and suddenly it began to grow.

Ludisia Plant

Could all be a coincidence, or maybe it finally had the right growing conditions.

Ludisia Leaf Detail

New Growth
Ludisia New Growth

Flower Buds
Ludisia Flower Bud

Ludisia Flower Bud


Kew Science–Plants of the World Online, Ludisia

The American Orchid Society, Ludisia


Wind Toppled Trees

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

When I walked into the kitchen I noticed both potted pine trees had toppled over.

Fallen Trees

Wind Today

Apparently even though we put a ton of weight in the bottom of the pot, the Norfolk Pine is still top heavy enough to be toppled over by the wind.

Norfolk Pine Fallen

Moved it closer to the corner of the house, hoping to prevent another fall.
Norfolk Pine Righted

This is the tree we brought in for Christmas the past several years.

Fallen Christmas Tree

Moved it closer to the house to protect it from the wind.

Righted Christmas Tree

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Pine isn’t fragrant, but nice greenery.

Norfolk Pine Bits

Thought the container of bits might be fun to knit into a small bowl.

Norfolk Pine Bits


Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Started
Norfolk Icord

Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Completed

Norfolk Icord


Succulent Activity Inside and Outside

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis More New Growth

Albuca namaquensis

Albuca namaquensis

The Succulent in the Courtyard

Succulent

Its Flowers

Succulent Flower

Seeds Developing
Succulent Seeds Developing


Interesting Plants Today

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis

The first sprouts of my new Albuca.

Albuca

Albuca

Senecio articulatus

And the first leaves of my Senecio articulatus

Senecio

Kalanchoe fang Cuttings with New Growth

Kalanchoe_fang

Variegated Agave

Last week I cleaned up the insect infestation on the little agave. I left the plant sitting on the floor just inside the greenhouse. Today I found that someone had taken a bite.

Crazy, since I recently found out that I am allergic to agave. Still have a rash on my arm from contact. How is it possible that an animal could eat it?

Agave Variegated

Brachychiton

2018 March–Brachychiton Pods Found in Home Depot Parking Lot

Brachychiton Pod

2018 April–Planted Brachychiton Seed

2020 October The Largest of the Trees

Brachychiton Tree


Rhipsalis pilocarpa (Hairy Stemmed)

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Cuttings for Propagation 2020 October 26

Rhipsalis Cuttings

World of Succulents–Rhipsalis pilocarpa

Royal Horticultural Society–Rhipsalis pilocarpa