Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Piet Oudolf on the Plantings at Lurie - Video

Not sure how I missed this fantastic video about Piet Oudolf and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. I'm a huge fan of Oudolf's work, and if you are too, or if you just want to escape to a warm June day at the garden, watch the video. I love how he relates sustainability in plants to durability - plants that live long, perform well with long bloom times and look good through the seasons, come back year after year, and don't overgrow themselves. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vegetable Garden Quotes

Green Zebra tomato from Suddenly I Seed blog

It's happening already. I'm feeling that itch to get out in the garden and grow food. And I have months (months!) before I'll be able to do so. In the meantime, enjoy these vegetable garden related quotes.
For all things produced in a garden, whether of salads or fruits, a poor man will eat better that has one of his own, than a rich man that has none.
-  J. C. Loudoun

 Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet, for tomorrow I may have to eat them.
-  Author Unknown

 What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure?  Nothing there but delights. - William Lawson

 Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. 
- Garrison Keillor

 It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. 
- Lewis Grizzard

 Keep as near as ever you can to the first sources of supply—fruits and vegetables.
- B.W. Richardson

Monday, December 10, 2012

Laverne Bohlin Fine Art

While I hate that winter is coming, I love a pastel piece by one of my favorite horticulture instructors and fine artist, Laverne Bohlin. It's called "Winter Blues" and you can see it here. Her work focuses on natural landscapes, which does not surprise me, since she was my landscape design instructor. Her oil and pastel pieces are so serene; perfect for a bedroom, home library, or anywhere in your home that you might retreat to escape and dream. Are you reading this, dear husband? Christmas is coming, you know!

You can visit Laverne Bohlin's blog to learn more about her work and where she will be exhibiting next.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Watercolor in Progress

"You have the potential to make beautiful things. Yes. You."

I read this quote this morning, not sure who it's from, but it's great inspiration to dust off your art supplies and make something. And botanical items make perfect subjects! This watercolor, titled "Grow Your Food," will be used as an incentive in my upcoming Kickstarter campaign for the GardenWorks project, which will provide at least 10 needy families with 4x8 raised bed vegetable gardens.

I'll share the final version when it's done, but in the meantime, you can LIKE GardenWorks on Facebook to learn when the fundraising campaign starts in January.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Pinecone Birdfeeder Gets Modern

While outside enjoying the nearly 70 degree temperatures yesterday, we decided to make some birdfeeders using biodegradable materials. We made a couple using the old recipe - a pinecone smeared with peanut butter and rolled in sunflower seeds.

But we also tried a new take on that old favorite - a toilet paper roll smeared with peanut butter and rolled in sunflower seeds. I like this new and improved version of the peanut butter birdfeeder, not only because it uses an item that might otherwise go in the recycle bin, but you don't have to hang it. It can just be slipped over a branch.

The birdfeeder may have taken a modern twist, but the end result is still the same...