A gathering place for the Art of Gardening and Natures Beauty
Gardens of Etsy is a gathering space for artisans and friends.
A viewing point for natures beauty.
A place for inspiration.
We fill our gardens with not only plants and love but enhance them with our arts and crafts.
We bring the outdoors in by filling our homes with our nature inspired works of art.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
|Red orange sassafras trees|
|Heading around the curve in the driveway and this sugar maple greets me|
|Crepe myrtles line one side of the driveway|
|This is an azalea. No, really! It blooms in the spring, off and on in the summer and then this show in the fall|
|Some garden mums in a pinky purple. There'a a little bee taking a nap in this one.|
Friday, November 18, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here's an update on my experiment over the summer, growing a lotus from a seed.
I had placed the 8 lotus sprouts in pots in different places, 5 went in my pond and two on my deck in a tub.
Well it turns out, the ones placed in the pond had a ever so slight trickle of water near them from a nearby water fall and in less than a week, the 5 baby lotus plants here did not survive :(
They definitely must be placed in STILL water.
Out of the two plants I placed in the tub on my deck, one perished ? and one flourished!
Here it is in late August ~
It even had a resident frog all summer long :)
The plant that survived ended up with 12 floating leaves and 5 standing leaves.
They were a Gorgeous blue/green. Such a cool leaf, totally waterproof, any droplet of water on them would just roll right off.
.... Late October now.... getting frost here in New York, so I needed to decide weather to bring it into the basement or place in the bog that was ready. After much research, others have been successful leaving them out in my zone, so I decided I would be planting it right in the bog.
We lifted the pot out and to my surprise there were shoots of roots up to 15 inches long that found their way out of the 4 holes in the bottom of the pot. The plant was totally root bound. Now I see how they can become evasive in a pond.
I decided to cut the pot as to try not to disturb the plant in any way.
(My husband so nicely did this part for me).
The bog I created is 18 inches deep filled with a mixture of soil and peat moss. I left 3 inches of room on the top for water to sit. It took the two of us to plant it with our arms totally immersed in mud. Had a lot of fun with it!
My finished Bog ~
So far so good. It loves it there!
Even in these cold temps down to 40 degrees, new shoots were emerging in the last two weeks. Fingers crossed.
Next to the lotus I placed a water iris in a pot for now.
In this last picture in the left lower corner, you can see the money plant sprouts from the seeds Julie from willowtreepottery sent me. Reaserch for my zone said to plant the seeds in Late Summer. They are doing wonderfully and will be a Beautiful backdrop for the bog. Thanks again Julie for the seeds and your awesome bog idea. It has been a wonderful adventure.
Here are the links to Julie's bog blog ~
I am counting the days till spring :)
to be continued.........................................
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Ten or more Wild Indigo pupae turned into butterflies!
I need to protect the butterfly larvae because I'm feeding birds in my yard. Butterfly larvae can't survive without protections in my yard.
Black Swallowtail laid eggs on my husband Fennel and Parsley. Fortunately, we had enough plants to feed the larvae in a insect cage. I put the larvae into the cage, and took care of them until they tuned into butterflies. :)
I'm going to share what I learned from taking care of Black Swallowtail.
I learned that Black Swallowtail larva has five instars. An instar is a developmental stage of arthropods, such as insects, between each molt, until sexual maturity is reached.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Here in the Gardens of Etsy, Artisans Gather Together to Celebrate Autumn
The work featured in this treasury is just a glimpse of the Beautiful work created by the talented members of our team.
Here you can see more of their Beautiful creations:
The Season of the Gathering ~ by Julie DeGroot
Autumn to me is the earth preparing for it's long winter slumber. Getting ready to start the circle of life yet again. I am so inspired by the beauty and vibrate explosion of color that surround me.
I smell the cool crisp sweet scented air and that distinct aroma of rotting leaves, ever falling from the trees, creating a blanket onto the earth for cover & mulch for Spring's new growth.
Natures carpet becomes alive with dancing whirling leaves as the winds begin to blow more intense, scattering the seeds of life about. I meander through my gardens planting and gathering.
Time to collect my wind chimes and garden art and bring them to safety.
I anticipate the glorious arrival of the Harvest and Hunters' Moons, as they greet me and envelop the night sky.
Autumn to me is the Season of The Gathering.
In the skies, birds flock to begin their journeys together.
In the forests, wildlife herd up once again.
In the water, my Koi group at the deepest depths of my pond to start their hibernation.
On the land, we gather together to harvest our crops, game and seeds. Gathering in kitchens and pantries canning, baking and freezing.
Autumn to me, it is a Season of Celebration, as we gather together at tables with family and friends. Grateful and Thankful for them and for natures bounty, The Harvest.
"Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all."......Stanley Horowitz
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Bog garden continued before and after
|Now look at this!|
|That's passion flower growing around the ground and some varigated yucca spikes|
|Ironweed with feathery clumps of lavender flowers complete with butterfly|
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Entry with some of the material: acorns, Franklinia seed pod, sweet gum tree pod, pine cone, eucalyptus leaf, wisteria seed, styrax seed. (not pictured:mustard seeds, peppercorn)|
|Art supplies, nail polish and dried pods take over the kitchen table.|
I have been designing and making jewelry for others and myself since attaining my BFA in Metals from Rochester Institute of Technology, back when it was The School for American Craftsmen. Finding inspiration for new work can be challenging at times and I have found that working in another medium infuses the creative spirit. The design process is the same as if this were a commission however the only thing at stake this time is satisfying myself. And once completed, my necklace will be seen by thousands of visitors who slowly file past the lighted cases where mine and the other entries of this unique art form are displayed.
|The pieces I did not make.|
Looking back over my sketches and holding the finished piece, I see changes that I could have made to make this a stronger design. If I were to make another I know what I would do differently the next time. This is the creative process at work. There is always something new to learn and put to use the next time.
A few things learned:
Admit that something isn’t working and don’t be afraid to start over.
Don’t get hung up using one element.
Step back and see the whole piece.
Rather than add, simplify- take something away.
*Post by Mimi Favre. Originally posted on my blog Studio Jeweler. FavreBijoux on Etsy.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
First I cut the seeds out of the pod
Then I scarified each seed by sanding the outer shell until I could see the cream colored flesh inside. Placed the seeds in a small bowl of water, at a depth to just slightly cover them, changing the water 3 times a day. After 3 days, the seeds looked larger from the absorption of water. About 5 days later, I noticed a crack in some of the seeds. The next day some revealed a stout green shoot emerging. Within a weeks time, they grew very fast, still keeping them just below the water line, With the seed staying at the bottom they stand straight up ever reaching for the top of the water, I used a large vase for this part and yes kept changing the water 3 times a day.
At this stage I decided to plant them.
Ordinary dirt even clay based is fine for lotus. Think about where they grow naturally, in muck and mud of a still water pond. I used 8 inch round flower pots, place a plastic grocery bag at the bottom (to keep the roots in the pot) and some rocks to hold the bag down, then filled each flower pot with the soil & clay mixture. I made a hole in the center and gently placed the seed in. Firmed the soil around it and placed a thin layer of pea gravel on top of the soil, to keep the seed from floating out of the pot and to keep the dirt in.
I submerged the pots into a large black tub, (the kind you find at outdoor parties used for ice & drinks).
Lotus plants need very warm water to grow and at least 6 hours of sunshine and must be grown in still water. So for now I have them on my deck, until that is I finish the bog they will be placed in next year.
Success! My first leaf appeared about a week later, very exciting!
However the mosquitoes were also loving this still water tub. So I used a tiny piece of a mosquito dunk to control this.
Refreshing the water from time to time, I will keep these growing in this tub for the summer & fall, for they will not produce any flowers until next year (hopefully!) only leaves for now. I will bring them in when the weather turns here in New York & place them in the basement in water for them to become dormant (at a temp of at least 55 degrees). Never dead head the leaves of a lotus, for they keep feeding the tuber. I will experiment with one and lower it to the lowest point in my pond where the fish hibernate to see if it can survive a winter here.
Next spring they will be placed in the bog to grow.
This is the bog I am working on. A Thank you to Julie (willowtreepottery) for her bog garden she created and showed us a while back. Great idea for a different way to garden. Love that! Had to try it! This is also the garden I will be planting the wonderful gift of Money seeds I received from her for the backdrop of the bog, Thanks Julie.
My bog ~ I dug the hole level to the surrounding soil of the garden, quite the workout! I will be filling it partially with a peat moss and soil mixture. In the picture you see a straight black liner leading to the bog. This is the drainage from 2 gutters on our house that will feed the bog as it rains. Here in the country, with well water, we have to conserve, so I thought this would be the best solution for that.
My last picture of them, taken just the other day, at 12 weeks old, So far so good! My baby lotus nursery :)
I am already looking forward to next spring :)
to be continued..................
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Pitcher plants in the foreground, sedge to the screen left and
dryer sheets protecting the pickeral weed.
The pitcher plants are really happy, the sedge is OK, not much to be excited about.
Really HAPPY, pitcher plant. I guess they do whatever they do
as far catching insects or whatever. They did have a big bloom
earlier in the season but I was too slow to catch it. Who knew
Pitcher plants bloomed?
You can still see the dryer sheets in the background on top of
the pickeral weed.
|As you can see, it doesn't always work!|
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
|Paul's Himalayan Musk Rose|
|Do you think it gets good reception?|
|They smell devine|
|A blanket of roses|
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Get them outdoors and enjoying nature ~
Help them to create their own special space to experiment with plants and garden art. This can be a fun and simple project to do over a weekend.
Keeping them busy every year tending and adding to it.
Bringing them hours of enjoyment and accomplishment.
My children had gardens growing up and had so much fun creating them along the years and were very proud of them. Showing them off by giving garden tours to everyone who visited. They filled them with not only plants and love, but garden art and crafts they created.
20 years later their gardens are still there. A bit overgrown and sadly forgotten. But ready to embrace a new generation of caretakers, "Their Children". How fun that will be to do all over again when they come to visit Grandmama!
~ My daughter's was a fairy garden. Early spring it exploded with crocus, tulips and daffodils. Our cat loved to hide in them and popped out to scare her quite often :) Followed by double daylilies in the summer with gorgeous primrose for the ground cover. She made little paths of tiny pebbles that lead in all directions in her garden. Tiny fairy statues adorned the paths with Fairy houses made of mud and moss.
I smile every time I pass by them.
A simple garden journal is a good way to start.
Map out their garden ideas on paper as to what they envision their garden to become. Keep a garden chore chart along with the journal. With stickers to mark when garden chores are done. When to water, weed, flick those flower eating bugs into a can, dead head the old blossoms and mulching. This reinforces their organizational skills and a sense of responsibility.
Help them work and fertilize the soil to get them going. Maybe encourage them with their own set of children's garden tools.
Then its off to your local nursery or an adventure on your property to gather some plants and watch the fun grow!
By ~ Julie DeGroot