Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

A Few Things Found in My Gardens

Sunday, February 19th, 2023

New Growth

New Growth on the Original Trapped Cactus Cuttings


First Alstroemeria Flower of 2023


First Time Noticed Muscari Asterisks


Passion Vine

Last Season Passion Vine Tendril


Volunteer in Orchard

Rose Bush Leaf

Rose Bush is in Need of Attention

Forest/Axe Work in Progress

Monday, February 13th, 2023

I recently ran across a quote that definitely seems relavent today.

The quote is–The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe. For the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because its handle was wood it was one of them.

I first thought about making a wallpiece using code with oak leaves and twigs. Just the code portion would have been 45″ x 16″, the addition of a border and frame would have made it more of a commitment of materials and time. Instead, I decided to use a book format.

The layout for the code in book format resulted in 21 pages. Each page is a folded sheet of drawing paper with a core support of a paper-covered piece of cardstock. Felt that the addition of twigs needed some extra support.

The first sentence I used tree wrap for the code with a green paper covered piece of cardstock. The second sentence I used roofing felt for the code and brown packing paper covered cardstock.

Forest Axe Pages

We have Coastal Live Oaks in our garden, but I dislike their leaves. They not only prick your skin, they embed and attach to it. I chose to use oak leaves that I purchased from Natures Pressed, an Etsy shop. I used the leaves in several projects; still have a good number left.

Currently the pages are roughly 7″ x 5″ and vary in thickness depending on whether there are twigs attached.

I unfolded the pages and applied CMC. The pages were left to dry overnight.

First Sentence

Forest Axe Page 1

The Forest

Forest Axe Page 2


Forest Axe Page 3


Forest Axe Page 4


Forest Axe Page 5

The Trees

Forest Axe Page 6


Forest Axe Page 7


Forest Axe Page 8

For The Axe

Forest Axe Page 9


Second Sentence

Forest Axe Page 10

For The Axe

Forest Axe Page 11

Was Clever

Forest Axe Page 12


Forest Axe Page 13


Forest Axe Page 14

The Trees

Forest Axe Page 15


Forest Axe Page 16


Forest Axe Page 17

Its Handle

Forest Axe Page 18

Was Wood

Forest Axe Page 19

It Was One

Forest Axe Page 20

Of Them

Forest Axe Page 21


Today I used double sided tape, a mix of CMC and PVA to attached the paper covered cardstock inside the pages. The damp of the glue was not a good choice. The last nine pages I switched to using UHU glue. I wrapped each page in wax paper, placed in stacks of three, and placed inside a padded packing envelope. Then weighted with a heavy book.

I am leaning toward an accordion binding with each fold have three pages.

Pages Weighted
Pages Weighted

Forest Axe Brown Pages

Forest Axe Green Pages

Forest Axe Pages


Monday, February 13th, 2023

Oxalis is considered an invasive plant by the California Invasive Plant Council.

A portion of our garden is covered with the plants. Not planned, just happened.


I cut a few to dry and use in a piece. The flowers are lovely with a sweet, subtle fragrance.

I had a few buds left. Popped them in a small vase of water. Three days later they opened and are still opening during the day and closing at night.


The plants also have interesting foliage.


If the flowers are dried in my microwave flower press they become a golden color. When dried in my flower press between layers of blotter paper and cardboard they retain most of their yellow color.

The leaf is nearly dry; the flower completely dry.

Drying Oxalis

What is it?

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Hershey Cocoa Lid

Hershey Cocoa Lid

Weeds or Volunteer Plants

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Living on the California Central Coast, during years of drought. “Weeds” can be a nice surprise.

It is odd that they don’t seem to want to grow in the designated gardens. They often grow between pavers, areas that aren’t watered.

Weed Yellow Flowers

Weed Yellow Flowers

Weed Seed Pods

Men Plant Trees Book–Hope

Monday, July 25th, 2022

The code is the word, Hope.


Book Binding

Book Binding

Book Cover

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Page 9

Page 10

Page 11

Materials–Roofing felt, linen fiber, watercolor paper, paste paper, PVA, oak leaves, printed text.

Closed 5.25″ x 6.25″ x .5″
Open 9.75″ x 6.25″

Six Pocket Small Book

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Bead Closure

Label Changed

2022 September 14
Not happy with printed text, or copied text. My handwriting in pencil on waxed paper.

Handwriting in Pencil

Bead Closure Removed

Text Inside Front

Pages with Oak Leaves

Text Inside Back

Materials–paper, fiber, pit-fired bead, oak leaves, printed text, wax, PVA
Scale: Closed 4.25″ x 1.5″ x 1.25″, Open 4.25″ x 3.25″ x .5″

Drimiopsis New Growth

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 1, Drimiopsis New Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Drimiopsis New Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Paper Cover Removed to Allow Freedom of Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Drimiopsis Additional New Growth

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

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Evening Primrose

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Unfurling Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose and Companions…

Evening Primrose and Geranium
…a geranium and an ant.