Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Wrinkles

Monday, June 10th, 2013

More show up on my face every year. Some say one should be proud of wrinkles as it shows a life rich with experiences and history. That is true, but I’d rather not have them :b I started thinking that I wanted to make some figures that have wrinkles and still look beautiful, I’d call it sublime if pulled off. Not sure that I have or not, but this is one of the wrinkles pieces.

wrinkles

Cut down all of the lettuce about seven heads left, all having bolted :( bummer. I retained the core and plan to try and move them to a shady spot. I love going out back and picking dinner. The tomatoes are doing great and are taller than I. I planted a variety, some grape tomatoes, heirlooms, yellow, romas and I can’t remember what else, there are so many different kind.

tomatoes

There is going to be so many that i will have to jar them or give them away.

My gigantic romaine

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

thrills 😀
Romaine

Off the art topic and on the life topic

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Because life and art co-mingle like besties:D
We moved out to Ojai in January (in case you are not a regular follower of this blog) into a real “fixer upper”, both the property and the house had barely been touched for some forty years. So, we knew we had a challenge on our hands and because the house hunt and then the moving in process and then the fixing up process usurped so much of my time I have only recently been able to start making art again and that has been like “going home”:D

Now I’d like to share the story of our back yard.

When we first moved in back in January it looked like this:

The terrain was very rugged with mounds of dirt from all the gopher tunnels, there must have been 40 gophers until the hub aka Jerry gopher hunter spent weeks eliminating them. As cute as they are we still could not have them because they destroy all manner of growing things and we have a vision for a yard that is full and thriving.

The ragged terrain also had many weeds and under the surface besides gophers we had wasps, and jerusalem crickets aka “Ninos de Tierra” ( Children of the earth) which give me the heebie jeebies and nightmares. CrEePy!!

Before we dealt with the ground we had diseased trees removed and all the other trees pruned, as they were completely over grown because they had not been touched in so many years. Then we had the ground tilled and graded to even out the surface and create an area for water run off.

The dirt was misery making, as it was very light and with the slightest breeze dust would rise and there would be dust layers on every single thing including the inside of the house where windows were open. The dirt would stick to the soles of our shoes and we would carry it indoors and so I was constantly, all day long laundering throw carpets and towels.

During a particularly stormy day the fence on one side of the property fell down!

So, we had to put up a new one or contend with the neighbor’s dog Thor coming over and doing his biz 😀 HA, anyway, it really freshened up that side of the property 😀

The redwood fence is so pretty!

We also put a new fence on the side of the house where we can drive a vehicle through and a shed because there is no garage.

here is a pic of the fence ‘before’

We had a sprinkler system installed and several stations for hoses with twice the amount of water pressure, now we can keep everything green!

We chose flagstone where the brick path use to be. We both love the colors in the flagstone.

section with spread out pieces of flagstone.

Section on opposite side of the house leading to a shed.

the back yard now, pretty yes?

During the past 7 months, our blind pug has had a hellacious time adapting to the dirt as the area for him to do his biz. So, he would not go until he absolutely could not hold it, during the middle of the night inside the house. He is accustomed to doing his biz on grass. It has been miserable for the both of us, all of us!

Look at him now!
Grass worshiping!! LOL As soon as he steps on the grass, there he goes!! yipppppeeeee!!

We have plans for jelly bean pebble border with maybe rosemary and Mexican sage.

The hub built two fantastic raised beds

(we clearly need to replace the back fence). With the left over sod we created a special pug patch for both the pugs to do their biz. 😀
And so a garden is in the near future, better green living, and a potting shed and composting bin. I also see more fruit trees, rose bushes and lots of flowers. It will take time, but I will enjoy the journey.

Hope you liked the story about our backyard and how meaningful a little grass can be haha..

House hunting

Monday, August 29th, 2011

A little over a week ago, the hub and I went house hunting (as we have been doing for many months now) and just as soon as we were going to make a decision about a property that we liked a house popped up that is really just the cutest property I have seen during the entire duration of looking (since about March of this year).

Just from the outside I knew I would love it.

I like the layout of the property, the size of the lot, the color of the house and the little art studio in front with a carport attached.

Long porch in the very front.


Behind the art studio in the the back

Great potting shed in the back

I love every loved inch of this property. The garden is so inspiring. And, that is only the outside! the inside has a special charm too, very artsy, vintage, shabby chic. Unique and very special.

Hoya

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

My hoya is in bloom, love its waxy bloom!

Passion Fruit and I grew a pepper

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The passion fruit is so beautiful!! I wish it tasted as good as it looks but its really kind of bland.

And, I grew a pepper

unlike the carrots it is BIG! There WILL be salsa in the near future 😀

I grew some carrots

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I had no idea they would be doll size. They taste very sweet and will be good on our dinner salad.

They are so cute!

The passion of the passion vine

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The passion vine is so passionate its tendrils creep out and strangles any plants in its way. In the back yard it has covered a bush so entirely it can’t be seen.

The flower is so pretty and looks almost plastic:

The fruit is heavy and plentiful this year:

Inside its still green, when ripe it will be blood red:

Peggy McKeever: if you are reading, I’m saving the fruit for you!

The art of Gardening, collage pots

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.

I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…

I tried to capture in one shot some of my recent activity:

after I finish gardening today I will be painting with my pure pigments from synopia. Its so much easier and effective painting with pigments that don’t have a bunch of fillers gunking stuff up.

Huntington Library

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Saw, “The Social Network”, I thought it was very good, interesting. I’d recommend it!

On Thurs after taking all of my stuff down from the walls at Ten Women with no remorse just an odd sense of that chapter being over we made our way over to the folk tree to drop off some ornies

for the annual Day of The Dead Show and then made our way to The Huntington

huntington

where I nearly passed out from heat exhaustion! 97 degrees is too hot to be in the unshaded sun (duh) but the cactus garden was wonderful, looked like some kind of outer space, sci fi terrain, what were we thinking? Crrrazy.