Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Christina's Roses

I'm in the process of working on roses for a friend's birthday this fall (you know who you are).  I've got the lines inked in and thought I'd offer it as a coloring page before I started painting it.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tiger Lilies and Buoys

My tiger lilies are in radiant bloom!  And, on another note, I finally found lobster buoys washed up on the shore!  I'm a truly touristy Mainer now ; )  And, they match the lilies!  My joy is complete - he he he!

August Garden

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Victoria Magazine 1997

I don't subscribe to any magazines.  I've kept very few from the past...maybe 10 or 12 gardening issues that I've kept because they're full of inspiration and useful information cover to cover.  But, I do have these.
12 issues of the 10th anniversary year for Victoria Magazine in 1997.  Every now and then I'll get them out and look through them again ; )
I particularly like that little frog sitting on the hosta flower!  How cute is he?!  I think I'll do a watercolor of him ; )
They're all full of lovely articles about pretty gardens, charming homes, arts, crafts, and clothes...all from 18 years ago!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bringing in the Outdoors

It started with the fern - lush green!  Then I brought in these bunch berries to root for the shade garden.  I found an unknown little flower and brought that in too...
Then I found sundew and made this little terrarium for it with some of the plants that grew around it - great for catching fruit flies and gnats!  I read up on the care instructions HERE, so hopefully I won't kill it!  These plants were growing by standing water - they like to have wet roots!

Also, I'm hopeful to make a water garden out of an old iron bathtub: pitcher plant (an other carnivorous), arum, water hyacinth, water lettuce, and lotus flower.  I have a yellow flag iris that would look so pretty next to a water garden!  The trick is over-wintering the plants... and I read about stocking it with guppies so that any mosquito larvae get eaten.  I'm doing my research and have a friend that my have an old tub he doesn't want ; )

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Thuya Lodge And Asticou Garden

My inspiration for gardening and all things flower related - beautiful gardens and lovely old libraries of botany related books in the old house.  I try to get here at least once a year.  Then I come home with many plans to implement on my own gardens ; )

Thursday, August 6, 2015

On the coffee table:

Since I've made some of my own coloring pages, I remembered my old coloring books and got them out.  I seldom get to them, and after sitting on a shelf for so long being neglected, I decided to let my oldest son color a couple pages - he's amazing with those colored pencils.  He's inspiring me!  So, now and then, I sit down for a minute or two and color - since the books are already out - and it's fun to see our completed pages ; )
(You can get this book HERE)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aloe - Natural Skin Salve

Aloe is a wonderful plant - you can read all about it HERE - I use it most often for burns.  I keep the gel in the fridge so it's cool and soothing ; )  If I get a burn while baking, I apply the aloe as often as needed to relieve the sting of the burn.  It's my go-to remedy for sunburns too!

My aloe plant died a while ago, so I just got two new plants.  When I need more aloe I cut off a leaf, slice it lengthwise, scoop out the gel, and put it in a little jar for storage.  It keeps in the fridge indefinitely - I've never had it go bad.  (Before I'd bought these plants and needed aloe I got a leaf at the grocery store and saved the gel the same way.)


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