Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'll Try This One More Time.......

On my last post, I had posted a couple of pictures of the last two pieces I had completed.  They looked OK in the preview, but when I looked at my blog from a different computer (actually, a couple of different computers), the colors were horrible. The lichen on the rocks was glowing orange and while in real life, they were very orange, the colors in this post reeked of  Halloween.  I've never had a problem with color before, so I deleted them from the post and tried again. So, I hope they look a little more realistic than the previous ones.

 Well, this still doesn't look quite right to me, but at least they don't glow in the dark. This picture was taken last spring on an outing with my pal Judy. We had found a very hilly location that was loaded with crocus clumps and incredible rocks. This pair just begged to be photographed. There were lots of other rocks in the area as well and I think I took a picture (or two, or three) of every single one of them. I really do love rocks.

This is Amaryllis papillio and was growing happily in my kitchen for most of December, along with several others.

For those of you not on the Canadian prairies, you'll likely be shocked to hear that it's still extremely cold. By that, I mean in the -30's overnight and added to that is the windchill factor, which can put us in the -50C range. Chilly in anyone's language! It makes traveling something of a challenge and this Friday, I head to Moose Jaw, SK to teach a workshop on Thread Painting. The class is pretty nearly full and I'm looking forward to it very much. I've been getting materials together for awhile now and am happy to be ready. My friend Mary is also driving down with me to take the class, so it will be good to have some company. We're both staying in a really beautiful B&B that's in an old house filled with antiques. I might want to stay!!!

That's it for this post. I have another piece in progress and will post it when completed. It's one that I've tried before and never quite got it right, so am trying it again - so far, so good. Hopefully, I will be able to get posts up on Fridays. Gardenscape in Saskatoon is at the end of March, and I have to get a few more pieces ready for that, as well I have a gallery commitment, so I should be producing pretty regularly for the next month.

Ok - stay warm and stay safe. Cheers........................donna

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mad March


Well, I had originally posted my latest two pieces, but after looking at it, I see the colors really look terrible. So, I've decided to take them off rather than post pictures that I"m not happy with....will re-post them as soon as I have had time to figure out the problem.

Seeing as how we seem to be in yet another never-ending winter, I thought I'd show you where I live. This next picture is what I see from my bedroom window.

We live on an acreage that originally had only a few conifer trees and one lone poplar planted on it. We've spent the last 20 years planting trees and everything else with roots! My husband is English, so it's genetic!

This is the south side of the house. As well as putting as many plants as possible into the perennial beds, we also have lots in pots.

This is our pond, soon to be (re)moved and relocated to a different spot - too much sun. The gardeners who read this will appreciate why when I say that it gets sun all day. We're re-doing part of our "yard" to a Japanese-influence garden and will put the pond there.

And this is some of the front.  It's hard to see, but every available inch of space has been planted. This was the reason we moved to an acreage in the first place. We had a nice little house in the city, but we ran out of yard!  We also collect peonies and have around 70 or so now.  I belong to the Saskatoon Perennial Society and their plant sale and exchange is coming up in May. If you're interested at all, this is a super group of people and the meetings are actually fun! We have speakers frequently, garden tours,  and always have good eats!!! Check out their websites for activities. 

Okay - that has to be it for now. Next weekend I'm away, so likely won't get to post again until I get back. Once March is over, I plan on making some additions to this blog, as well as possibly adding a website to show my work.

Cheers and Think SPRING!!......donna