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Saturday, December 20, 2014

merry christmas!

this is a montage of flowers from this past summer.
each one was lifted from a photo, and, using photoshop, positioned on a photograph i'd taken of a slate shingle.
  perhaps you recognize some of them....
you can click on the picture to make it larger.
i't would be fun to make a flower at a time in its place,
but that is a project for next year!
love to all of you, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, December 15, 2014

seed pod wreath

another wreath from the spare bounty of the winter - making me very happy to go out and forage!
this is a small wreath on a bittersweet vine base measuring about 8" in diameter.
rose campion seed pods are the little bleached ones, and i bleached the nigella pods also.
then for contrast, i used the tulip-shaped siberian iris pods around the outside edge.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

dried wild rose hip wreath

another rose hip wreath made from hips gathered from the wild roses that bloom in the thicket.
i made the bittersweet vine base and enjoyed allowing the stray wild bits to do their thing. 

 yes, they are withered, but that is what they do.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

grasses of winter - a wreath

 here is a wreath made from four types of grasses.
it measures about twelve inches in diameter.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

rose hip harvest

i have a rose bush that i keep only because of these hips!
the thorns are lethally sharp and long, the roses have no fragrance and very little thrill factor,
but the hips are awesome.

 i cut them today to spare them from the snow,
but waited as late as possible to allow them to redden as much as possible.
i love the green, orange, and red variations.

happy thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

gomphrena confetti

 i didn't use the gomphrena much this year, but i dried a little bunch - only to discover that the flowers fell apart quite easily.

 i thought it would make a pretty little bunch of confetti, or could be used for a background for a photo....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

dahlias - the growing

now that the dahlias have had their day and have all been dug up and packaged away for the winter, 
here's a picture chronicle. 
 the kids helped to refresh the holes we dug out of the stony beds last year by fluffing them up, removing the stones that grew over the winter (they do that, you know),
added bone meal (which the coyotes love, i discovered), composted manure,
and then we laid the plastic weed cover.  
 when it was finally warm enough to plant the tubers, i lined up them up on trays.  
each tray represented a row in the garden, and each row had a predominant color designation.
then i made lists for reference.

they started growing, and the groundhogs discovered the yumminess of the new growth.
i bought plastic wash baskets to cover the ones they found especially enticing.
when finally the flowers bloomed, it was Wonderful!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

rose of sharon seed pod wreath

with rose hips, heliopsis seed pods, and grass on another grapevine wreath my mom made.
here's making the bunches before i decided to add rose hips.

bittersweet wreath

 i worked in my most neglected garden yesterday,
 and found a long stretch of bittersweet clambering over the lilacs.
after pulling out the root, and a lot of yanking,
 i wound it 'round, and here it is, in all its wild, simple glory.
here are the 3 out at the cart.