Tuesday, June 29, 2010
We have had a very rainy June. Marcia did a yeoman's job of pulling the big weeds. Here, a growing pile is flanked by still more work to come!
She persisted and cleaned up a spot for planting more beans and summer squash.
Here, the old Troy-Built horse (red) prepares the ground for raking and planting. The old gray horse (vertical) keeps it under control and guides it along the needed path.
The newly seeded areas are in the midground, flanked by peppers and tomatoes on the right and bean plantings in the middle. Onions are visable on the left. We won't show you the corn planting to the far right which is a disaster!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Our water lillies are getting old and may need general replacement soon. It is still nice to enjoy the beauty of the occasional flower, and the frogs to enjoy the leaves as floating rest stops. The criss-cross shadows are formed by the sun shining through the lattice and netting across the pergola covering this pond. The little plants are the encroaching growth called "duck weed."
The nice red blossoms are from
[Thanks to friend Pat Pauly for correcting the identity of the flowers!]
The baby's breath in the foreground nears full flower, and the red growth on the bayberry adds a subtle emphasis to this picture.
The hostas in the left front do well in the shade. Not all things grow without problems. The white wrapped trunk of the dead Japanese maple cries out for replacement. We'll look for something with height and a spreading crown.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The mugo pine on the right adds height and soft greeen to the deck area. The astilbe plant at its base contributes the soft violet stalks.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Inspector Suki likes to use the edging stones as her personal path as she checks out the area. The plant is full of penetrating thorns, and she has learned to avoid close contact. We use gloves when we move it, but some barbs always reach skin no matter how thick the protection.
Another gift, this one from our friends the Berardi's, a pretty small iris, blooms each year in front of the house. Their purple-violet color draws many admiring comments.
Our oldest contribution to this medley is a 40-year-old bush rose which survives some 10 feet from the road and serves as a nice adornment to a pole that feeds electric, telephone, and computer lines to our house and barns.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Several people made it for a sewing day. Some machines were brought, but the majority of work was being done by hand.
Nancy helped Jeanne hang up her piece, so we could all offer our opinions on what more might be added to it. Should there be a bottom border? ...in black? ...in gray? ...in green?
Bev hung up some of the pieces she made during our dyeing day at her house. She screen printed the piece on the left and monoprinted the pieces on the right.
These are more pieces that Bev screen printed.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Several months ago I found three bottles of dye solution in my freezer -- golden yellow, fuschia, and intense blue. I let them thaw and left them sitting at room temperature until a few days ago.
My fabric had been soaked in soda ash and dried. I placed the folded fabrics on plastic and poured the dyes over them. I covered the fabric with plastic and let them batch in the sun.
The question was, How much color would result from such old dye solution?
(... more than you'd expect!)
The piece on the right was yellow with a small bit of the blue, while the piece on the left was given all three colors.
The pieces on the left are showing quite a bit of color, and the piece on the right was given whatever dyes where left over.
These two yards are the result of trying out some brush strokes with both thickened and un-thickened dyes. The fabric was previously dyed a light pink color and then soaked in soda ash.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We gathered at Bev Kondolf's for some work with fabric and dyes, and we were met by her rooster, who is the self-appointed king of the barnyard.
Bev cleared out her barn so we could set up our tables out of the sun.
Linda did some screen printing with thickened dyes.
Pat also did some screen printing, but here she is checking on some fabric that she monprinted.
Nancy worked on a table outside, where she was stamping on some of her discharged fabric.
Bev's yellow lab was keeping Nancy company and enjoying the shade of the table.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The wonderful clethora (summer sweet) hedge encloses part of the tea garden. One of the stone islands lends depth and structure to this presentation. The fragrance is strong and pleasant.
The bayberry bushes, developing ground cover, and yellow yarrow bushes line the path through the perennial garden. A timber fence raises this side of our display with height and color.
A pretty blue balloon flower shows early color. This part of the garden evolves into a moonlight display, reflecting the full moon with light-colored dusty miller and similar plants.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, this cute young baby wandered through Pat Pauly's yard and into her flowers, finally settling on this spot for a nap. He scampered back into the woods, and we hope his mother was nearby.
And today in my back yard, a mother deer and her baby walked right up to my studio doors.
Of course, by the time I grabbed my camera, they were on the move, and the mother was already through the fence.
Aren't they cute? Now, let's talk about the hostas and new raspberry shoots they munched on....!!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The sun came out -- followed by the work tables and the hard-working artists.
Bev, Pat, and Jeanne assembled their fabrics and supplies for some discharging.
Finished fabrics are draped on the bushes to dry.
And even though it was quite hot outside, everyone pressed on and made some wonderful fabrics.
Suki was happy with her job of guarding Priscilla's bag of fabrics.