Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Otherwise Engaged...

It is a beautiful spring here at The Sticks, so Himself and I are taking advantage of it to get our yard work done.  Meaning we are working our tails off and I have zero energy for much more in the evenings... including being on the computer.

So I'll be back in about a week (unless it rains and I can't work outside).


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Bonsai Club Garden Tour

Saturday a week ago was the annual garden tour for my bonsai club.  It's always a treat to see how other's have their gardens set up and what they have that is in development.


First garden was at our former club president's home.  Love how Mike uses the wheeled shelves to keep most of his trees on.


One of his beautiful trees... and I love the patina on this bench!


Notice how the roots are over the rock with this tree?


Mame (tiny) bonsai.  Putting them all into one container is a great way to keep the roots from drying out in those bitty pots.


Another garden view.



An interesting way to stablize young trees in a grow box.


Mike is known for his cool forest plantings like this one.






These trees are being trained to become 'root over rock' bonsai (like in the earlier photo).  Planting in the tube encourages long roots.

After a while we moved on to the next garden.  This one belongs to Eileen, my Bonsai 101 teacher.  Besides enjoying the garden, the club also had a catered lunch for us.

Her tables are permanent.


Isn't this water feature in the middle of the garden lovely?



A couple of her great trees.  The 'baskets' cover organic fertilizer so the birds and squirrels don't take off with it.


Eileen (on the right) is talking to a new member about her tiny juniper she just bought.


Next thing we knew, we were up in Eileen's bonsai studio (aka the garage) where she repotted the juniper into a larger pot...


... because that is the type of person she is!

It was a fun day.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Photos For May

Ahhhh... Spring has finally come although I think Summer is a little too close on its heels!


Sweet William


Bloodroot


The boys strutting their stuff to some unimpressed hens!


Yellow violet.
(Isn't that an oxymoron?)



Tulips!
(All tulip photos were taken at Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville.)






Eastern Redbud tree




Yellow throated warbler.



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Create!

 February and March had too much going on and I kind of got out of step with my creative projects.  Didn't have that many and forgot to show them.  So I am catching up! 


This is one of my photos that I framed inside the lid of a bee box that had belonged to Himself's father.  


I've been doing some exercises with abstract drawing.  This one turned out well.


My second piece for my 'lunch bag journal'.  This month's prompt was "Fun".  What could be more fun than a party with Baloo, Little Bird, and Little Hoss?!  Each element in this collage is a separate piece.




I've been taking a monthly book making class at the Clarksville 'Downtown Artist Co-op' (DAC).  The book last month is called a Flag book.  There are quite few thing you can do with a book like this.  It's going to be fun exploring the ideas.



In the first class we made 'accordion' books.  I've used this one to keep my favorite ATCs that I've gotten in swaps.



Haven't decide what to put in this accordion book.