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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One Sprouty Potato

There are always so many things I'd love to grow in the garden and never any money to do them with so while cleaning the dining room I discovered one last, forgotten potato that had rolled off from the rest and sprouted in the back of the cabinet. of course the first thought is "gross! it's about time I start cleaning this place" but as you've guessed by now. I hate housework and would much rather go out in the garden and play in the dirt so I cut it in sections (each with a sprout on it) and went out to plant that in the garden.

It's frustrating that times are so lean that something like that is cause for celebration while at the same time reminding me that groceries would be really welcome about now. I guess all that stuff you hear about starving artists may have some basis in fact after all. Thank goodness there's still rice until we get potatoes again.

Anyway, back to the garden. There are scads of things that could be transplanted to fix the place up but since I'm chair bound that's not happening unless I find someone willing to help me.

What I'd like to do is find people that usually rent a garden plot and let them set up a garden plot of any size they'd like in exchange for doing the digging and transplanting work on mine.

Are there organizations in place for something like that? If not, I wonder how I'd go about starting my own.


While I wait for veggies to plant I've been enjoying the flowers, photographing, drawing and painting them and as far as the other gardening. some of my chives are about ready to flower and provide a bit of color in the yard and add a bit of pleasure to meals as well.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Painted Posts for the Wheelchair Ramp





Summing up the Sunflowers


I was just playing in my paints one day when I realized it was starting to look like sunflowers so I pulled out some old photos and decided to paint them like the ones I grow here.


I got carried away with the idea and pulled out the sunflower on red and decided to make it match.


This pair of small paintings will make a nice arrangement with the large one I've got and may make it easier to sell them to someone decorating a room on a Sunflower theme.

Whether they sell or not it's been fun to sum up all of the years that I've grown sunflowers in such a fun way...and I really enjoy looking at them.

Lilacs from Garden to Canvas




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gnomes Around the Garden


It's funny how Gnomes multiply, you start with one and before you know people bring more and more of them around.


 Now they've even got pets and friends of their own.




I can hardly wait to see where they'll turn up next.

A Day in the Garden


 There are a lot of things that I love about my Garden, especially on a sunny day.


 
The flowers have been great so far.


This year I'm experimenting with a red flowered strawberry.



I often stop to paint in the garden as well.

A Rabbit Visits The Garden


As I may have mentioned in previous posts our garden is Certified Wildlife Habitat so just about anything is welcome here including this rabbit. I find that if I leave enough thinnings and trimmings around it leaves my veggies and fruit alone so we get along just fine.


It will often come up and sit by me in my wheelchair.


If anything or anyone else comes into the garden it hides behind my leg until they're gone.

Here's a close up view.


It's always nice to have friends in the garden.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spring Flowers








Red Tulips: Garden to Canvas


Don't let the lack of an impressive garden slow you down. You can create art out of anything. I've only got 2 red tulips, the trick is to catch them at every stage of the bloom and make the best of it. Shoot lots of photos from different angles.








I started this oil painting many years ago but was never quite happy with is so I thought I'd give it one more try.




I started by holding the live flower in front of the painting and move it around to see where I'd like to paint another flower.



I'm not sure whether or not I like this any better but it was great to be outdoors on a sunny day and painting again.