Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Garden Update...Summer 2014 In the Garden

Joe Pye weed did well this year...lots of butterflies stop by to feed. Below the New England Asters were stunted...did not do well at al this year. Stunted and brown so far. Not good for the Pearl Crescent Butterfly.

 My front door. The New England Aster took a break and the wild sunflower took over. Nature does not like a vaccuum.
 Best year ever for tomato. They were delicious and abundant. I did not have to water much. I think the level of rain was just right for them.
 The swallowtails did well on the dill and fennel...I have seen a lot flying around too.
 Overall things did well. The best producers in my garden were cucumber, tomato, yellow squash, beans and carrots. The arugula did well, and usually does.

 The elderberry leaves got eaten a bit by something. Never saw what. Birds are happy with the berries

 A  view from my back lot.
 The Treemendous Maple is still producing lots of green leaves. Found a bigger opening above at the top of the tree.
 Above is my cover crop: Buckwheat. It is doing very well. Only put it in a few weeks ago.

 Lots of beautiful heirloom tomatoes. I roast them and then freeze.
 Pop Dog!
 Monarch on the Swamp Milkweed
Beautiful Corepsis.....overall a good summer. The roses did not produce well. It was a hard winter for them. My Sweet Annie got knocked out, but the poison ivy was very abundant. A big year for ivy. We spent a lot of time taking it out.

Buchanan School Livonia Habitat....Summer 2014

 Lots of Queen Annes Lace this year

 Queen Anne's Lace as it starts to form seeds.
 Joe Pye Weed and Swamp Milkweed provide lots of food for bees and butterflies and birds
 Above: Boneset...a wonderful native Michigan plant
 Lots of coreopsis this year...
 Blue vervain did very well this year.

 Milkweed did well.... we can't have enough. This is the pod of the common milkweed.
So much coreopsis
 a bit of ironweed. It keeps hanging in there.
the one red flower in the Queen Anne's lace
 Tons of mallow this year....big year for mallow 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Watercolors....Traverse City Mission Peninsula Weekend

This was our view at the Jolly Pumpkin on Mission Peninsula. We had a great time on our Watercolor Weekend.  I loved sitting on the bay with a Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura Beer and  looking at pine trees....(and smelling them too). I like to paint yellow skies...they make me happy! I am busy planning next years trip to Traverse City with students.....hope to see you there.

This is a view from the Lyon Farm. It is also on the bay, just a little farther down. There is a little white sailboat in the bay and the white of the paper comes through for the clouds. I got a great new chair from has shoulder straps so I can wear it like a backpack. It is short so I can reach my supplies and it has pockets for more paint supplies. I love to paint and picnic!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Etchings and Prints

Some of my prints that just made it to the new print is good to see them again. I hope to sell some and also have a gallery show.

Going West, Champaign County.....etching above
Making Our Appearances, etching

The Wedding....Lithograph
My Fathers Memories, Second Generation....Intaglio, etching

 Flora Dendron ...etching

This drawing was done when I lived in Illinois and many in the state were trying to pass the ERA Amendment. Many women were emaciated after a hunger strike. Needless to say, the amendment did not pass. It was a passionate time.

The Magician....lithograph

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blooming flowers, June 3, 2014....the first rugosa roses of the season, the white and of Bethlehem

 Big rain last night.....the irises were drenched, but the first roses bloomed today. Some of my roses took a real hit from all the cold this winter. They are coming around but slowly. The Rugosa's did the best.
 Our backyard after big rainstorm last night....lots and lots of rain.

 Star of Bethlehem started blooming yesterday.......

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lime Watercolor......

I love to paint fruits......cut open a lime. There are so many great greens out there: Undersea Green from Daniel Smith Inc. and Green Gold from Windsor Newton. Come and join me for Paint and Picnic Class!