Friday, March 10, 2017

The Daffodils are Blooming!!!!! ~
 They are filling the gardens with color, fragrance, pollinators, and joy! The grow laughter was purchased at Sinking Creek Gardens in Ft. Collins, Colorado. A wonderful community garden with a children's garden that I visit each time I am in Ft. Collins.
 Each year since we have lived here, I have planted at least 150 daffodil bulbs. Two years ago, I started ordered from a company that ships their bulbs directly from Holland, Van Engelen Inc.This years bulbs aren't blooming yet!. I procrastinated and put them in the ground on a warm day in January.
                                            These are the different varieties blooming today.

                   There were only two of these beauties with such a deep salmon pink cup.

 This is one of the oldest. I think is if from 1890. I transplanted these from the Episcopal rectory where we lived for many years with a garden filled with tulips as well as daffodils. Here the critters will eat the tulip bulbs like candy!

                 The King Alfred daffodils run the length of the wall and up the driveway.
Some of the tiny little daffodils that smell so sweet. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the daffodils blooming in my gardens. The mountains are alive with spring right now and maybe that snow will stay in Philadelphia!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Flowers in January ~

                                 Flowers in January

For the past two years I have ordered bulbs from Van Engelen Inc. They are imported from Holland and the bulbs are huge! This year I ordered 250. I finished planting them today, January 13. This is not unusual for me to plant as late as January 13. It has been later and they bloom. These are double narcissus in a variety of colors. They are sleeping under the plant smiles. While planting I was looking under leaves and found all sorts of plants coming up. The wild ginger looked great. The more I looked, the more I found.

                                             Snowdrops are blooming in the back of the house.

Last year I planted 100 snowdrops in the front of the house and here is one beginning to unfurl.

While walking near the studio, I encountered a honeybee. Not too far away was a pot of  violas, little johnny-jump-ups blooming. They have been here since October. A nice way to enter the house with flowers blooming in January.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow on our Mountain ~


My son texted me earlier today to ask if we had gotten snow. Once the temperature got a bit warmer than 12 degrees, I laced up my snow boots.

                                   I enjoyed the shadows from the trees falling into the snow.

    We have a nice collection of garden art. This little girl is about the size of a two year old. She                      usually greets me as I walk into the greenhouse.

                               My favorite stone which sits in the forest nestled among the ferns.

                                       A little bit of green coming up through the snow.

            Ray's sunburst design rising above the mountains nestled in front of the evergreens.

  A sculpture created for us by Margaret Gregg to represent each member of our family. It moves.

                                                               Snow on the branches

As I walked to the bottom of our property, I was fascinated with all the animal foot prints.

                                                           The phoenix rising above the snow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Christmas Tree Ornaments ~

For several years, I have been creating a Holiday Ornament. This year it is a collaborative effort, an Appalachian Warm Glass, LLC design. The ornaments are the same size as pendants. 

We use Bullseye 90 COE glass. The base is clear glass. The red is for the top border and covers the wire hanger. The brown glass is for the base of the tree.

Dichroic glass is broken in a frit maker. The glass is then shifted until it is almost the size of a large piece of glitter. It becomes frit. There are two pieces of dichroic glass before they are made into frit.

I use Bullseye Glastac Gel to glue the glass to the glass. I also cover the tree with glue. I use a toothpick to find shiny pieces and also sprinkle the frit onto the tree.

Two trees decorated with frit. The trees are currently for sale at Heartwood and Arts Depot in Abingdon, Virginia. They are also at the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap, Va. Soon to be in the Charles Harris Library Gallery in Wise, Va. Next weekend, Nov. 18, 19, and 20, they will be available at our Open Studio.