To cultivate a garden is to walk with God, to go hand
in hand with nature in some of her most beautiful
processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets,
and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in
the beautiful order of her works...
Christian Nestell Bovee

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A combination

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by this blog site.  I have combined my other blog with this one so please go to  Again thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Collections

I have decided to add Saturday collections to my blog posts. I am constantly outdoors collecting pits and pieces of nature to use in my artwork.

This week I found some bark, it is thin enough to write, stamp, paint or do collage work.

The wonderful stick on the right is from my grandson. He wanted to add to my collection. Such a sweetie.

Please note I do not take anything endangered, or otherwise prohibited.

Do you find things when your outside?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Orchid Show- Miller Nature Preserve

Miller Nature Preserve is a new facility and is part of the Lorain County MetroParks. It has a greenhouse and gardens around it. Plus it has a restaurant. They offer many classes there for adults and children. I will be taking a bonsai class toward the end of this month.

They have a wheel chair free of charge so if you are physically challenged you can get around. If you use a walker, everything is on one floor.

They had an orchid show last month which was stunning. Above are the photos I took at the show.
They charge 2.00 to get into special exhibits, an excellent price when you consider what CBG charges to get into their orchid show.

I realize I have committed a cardinal sin by not including the names of the orchids, but I was so busy enjoying myself and taking pictures that I forgot. Forgive me orchid lovers.

Do you have orchid's in your home? I tried one a long time ago, but I could never get it to re-flower.
Is there a trick to it? I would appreciate any suggestions.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rose Hip Wreath

Well, I've finally finished the wreath. After many attempts this is the one I like the best.

I bought a twig wreath, washed some white paint over it, glued on some fresh eucalyptus and then glued the rose hips. Very simple wreath.

I like it on my dining room table, but it could be hung on a front door too.

One thing nice about it, it doesn't have to just be a wreath for Christmas. I will be leaving it year round.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Cannot Forget The Petals

Today my daughter and I visited a florist shop. I needed to visit the winter home of some of my flowers.
It was wonderful being surrounded by all that beauty.

I watched the owner make a floral arrangement for a customer. She was snipping away, when horror of  horrors, the flower petals starting falling to the floor! Oh course I gasped and said look at all those rose petals. Well if you know me, I collect rose petals. My daughter immediately starred at me, begging me not to ask the florist for the petals. I couldn't help myself. It came out before I could stop. "What are you going to do with those petals?, I said. The owner said, "Oh just throw them away." My heart sunk, the store was full of people and my daughter was giving me the death stare. It took me a few minutes to make a recovery and I decided to move on. Drat.

Well all in all (except for the rose petals) I had a wonderful time and came home with a basket of fresh plants and roses. I wonder if my daughter bought them to keep me quiet.

Have a wonderful day. Have you ever picked up flower petals off a florist's floor?


Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Gardenchat Visit

A week ago Wednesday, Bren @BG_garden and I met for a tweet-up. We had a great time
having breakfast at a restaurant called  Lucky's. They grow their own produce in the summer and buy local.

We then went to some Independent Garden Centers. Bren was happily snapping pictures, while I soaked
up the views.

I purchased this Bromeliad from one of the centers and finally today got around to planting it. I just
wasn't sure if I wanted to plant it under glass or do something different with it. As is the case with me
I decided to go to bed. I get the best ideas in bed. So of course I had to get up because I immediately
thought the plant would look so cute in this tea cup.

My next purchase will be the pitcher plant we saw at Gale's Garden Center. It is so unique! Bren has a picture of it on her blog.

This sweet little plant will be placed in my bedroom near a southern facing window.