Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

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 Few Interesting Leaves

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Salvia Leaf Damage

Salvia Leaf Damage

Hairy Leaf

Neighbor’s Succulent
Succulent Pattern


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


Angel Wing Begonia

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia


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!


Freesia from Seed

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Bud 2022 02 23

Freesia from Seed

Bloomed 2022 03 04
Freesia from Seed


Cymbidium, Datura, Prickly Pear

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

The cymbidium are doing great his year. I had planned to repot them for two years and kept missing the dormant time. The pots are also full of leaf litter from the wisterias covering the deck. The cymbidium will continue to bloom for several months. Maybe later this year I can repot them. Also wanted to pop some in the courtyard garden.

Cymbidium 1
Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 2
Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Datura
Even though Datura are considered to be annuals, some don’t actually die back where I live. They will lose nearly all of their leaves and then the base of the plant begins to thicken. Shortly after, new growth appears at the base and sometimes at the top of the stem if it hasn’t been cut back.

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Usually I remove the seedpods to start new plants in flats and pots.
This year, I left a few to self sow.

Datura Pod

Prickly Pear
The start of the Prickly Pear is growing out of its pot. Just not sure where to transplant it. I don’t enjoy dealing with plants that can cause injury. A slight bump and multiple, nearly invisible spines to remove.

Prickly Pear


Amaryllis Bulb

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

Amaryllis With Fungi