Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Seeds

At the farmer's market this past weekend my neighboring booth mates were master gardeners. I discovered they were giving away free seeds donated by local gardeners. I chose some I was familiar with: Blue Wild Indigo (Baptista), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus), Mole Plant (Euphorbia lathyris), and Money Plant (Lunaria).

In a stash box I rediscovered a seed sower and some plant labels from previous projects. Today I cleaned up my potting bench and I'm sowing these free seeds.

Planting and caring for seeds often takes patience and perseverance but the rewards are great. In woods and abandoned lots free seeds are abundantly available to gather. Some of the seeds may germinate others may not but the reward of seeing new life in seedlings is always worth the effort. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mug Shot Monday

 This week I made a few mugs.

 This is the first piece I made but it's too large for a cup. It might be good for cup of soup. Ha.

For this one I decided to turn it into a small pitcher, perhaps a gravy boat. I hope to fire soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yucca Blooms Soon & Turquoise Pots

Two days ago I was hoping my yucca would bloom this year. I looked in the center and didn't see a thing. Then last night I was watering and look, look, look - a bloom is starting. It seems like it shot up over night.

And a bloom is starting on the other yucca too. How wonderful. I'll take photos when they mature to show you.

The two pots are begonias and coleus. Gary spray painted the drab green plastic pots a bright turquoise. (You know how we both like turquoise). I'd like to find a couple of quirky end tables to raise those pots up; we shall see if I find anything. These are on the east side of our home.

Here's an unlikely combination of dill and lantana. The lantana will bloom all summer long and the pot is close to the kitchen so I can harvest fresh dill. These are on the West side of our home.

The farmer's market ramp and plant day yesterday was a success. I had ramp potatoes and ramp pesto; visited with many returning vendors, and sold lots of pottery. Someone who works in the John Campbell School gift shop encouraged me to send in an application to be juried there and to enter their shows. It sure is nice when folks go out of their way to let me know they appreciate my pottery. Next Saturday is the Strawberry Festival so I'll be busy all week long getting ready. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ramps & Native Plants Day

The farmer's market in Blairsville Georgia is celebrating Spring with burgers, potatoes, pesto, and cornbread made with ramps (wild onion) and there will also be plants for sale. I'll be in Booth 9 with my pottery. Come on out and see us today, Saturday, April 30th from 10 am to 2 pm. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.