Friday, September 30, 2016

Didiscus seeds lacy blue

Didiscus Blue lace flower is an annual and so pretty to press. Easy to grow from seed but it's hard to find the seed here in America.  My step daughter got them for me from the UK and they are super easy to grow. They also come in pink and white but I'm only getting a few pink so far and no white even though I planted both, darn.  The white dries to a pretty cream color shown on my fabric design in the chair photo found on my fabric wedsite Spoonflower. Click on the link to the right of the blog to see my fabric, wallpaper, peel and stick wallpaper and gift wrap.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Anemone japonica 'Pamina'

Anemone japonica 'Pamina' and 'September Charm'.  My favorite late blooming perennials for the garden.  Easy and low maintenance , zone 5-8 , 2-3' tall, great for cut flower bouquets. Medium watering requirements. Deer tolerant resistant. Blooming August through September. Great for naturalizing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spiraea Goldflame favorite small shrub

Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame' is one of my little favorite shrubs.  Plenty hardy zone 4-8 , 3-4' tall and wide for full sun with rose pink flowers.  Great fall foliage color on new growth. I give mine a light hair cut after it blooms and then it comes out again with the autumn leaves and flowers so I get two blooming's, it happens so fast I wonder if I could get three blooming's.
It is deciduous , not an evergreen plant. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chihuly glass flowers in Seattle exhibit

Chihuly glass flowers in Seattle solarium exhibit was a treat to see in my home town. I love this shot through the glass with the Space Needle in the sky.  The orange and yellow with the blue sky are inspiring. A must see if you come to Seattle , Washington.  Amazing color combinations Dale Chihuly uses, so much fun!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Unique Fabric Prints nature inspired designs

Here is an example of some of my pressed floral and watercolor designs on fabric for home décor.  This is the faux suede, so pretty in person. The curtains behind the chair is a cotton linen leaf design.  You can find these and other fabrics on my Spoonflower shop website. Click on the link on the upper right side of this blog post. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Clematis climbing tree

Clematis durandii is one of my favorites because of the indigo periwinkle color, my favorite color.  Here it is climbing or I should say this variety is not considered a climber, it doesn't cling to it's support.  This one you will have to tie to the tree with stretch plant tape.  Other clematis that are climbers would be great and would cling.  This one is a great one for cut flowers because it has about 10" stems and blooms all summer.  Zones 5-9 , grows 3-6' high and a width of 5' with blooms 3-4" wide, gorgeous!!!  For heaviest blooming prune back to 12" high in early spring.  Would also be great meandering through small shrubs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Front Yard Garden

New front yard garden that I made 10 feet wider so now about 15 foot wide.  I moved plants that needed more sun from the back yard to the front yard where there is full sun.  It's great to have a wide border enough to have the structure of small trees, step down to small shrubs that have both deciduous and evergreen so there is winter interest.  Then step down and add small ground covers and perennials with the same mix of evergreens and deciduous that all blooms at different times so you always have something blooming.  Then to have all summer color add in some annuals in the garden and a border.  I have people stopping by all the time to ask what a plant is in the garden, nice to get to know my neighbors. Always fun to have a big splash in the front yard.  I think it's warm and friendly to have flowers in the front yard.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra bush shrub berries attract birds

Beautiful Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra with berries for the birds or made into elderberry wine or jam.  Lovely pink flathead queen annes lace like blooms with dark black lacey leaves. Super easy to grow, cold hardy to zones 3-8.  I took cuttings from a friends plant early spring, about 6 stems, 12 inches long, trimmed the lower leaves put one third of the stems into soil in a good sized pot about 12" tall and 10" wide is fine , stems spaced 3-4 inches apart and kept watered in early spring. The stems were about pencil width and that is all there is to it.  By the end of summer you will see new growth and then plant it into the spot in the garden to go into winter. My plant is about 2' tall and 2' wide now from last years cuttings and will get to 5' x 5' eventually , even taller if you let it get tall but I keep mine trimmed back to keep it bushy.

Unique Bike Pillow on Society 6 art designed with pressed flowers whimsical and fun Life's a Journey Enjoy the Ride

New pillow on Society 6 website  , trend favorite of grey and white fabric graphic floral background and pressed flower bike design.  Whimsical and fun to add to your décor.
check out my shop for other designs and products.
Another new item Society 6 has added to their product line is beach towels.  Here's my yellow and white zinnia design, so cheery!    Lots of fun stuff on this site.  I bought the tote bag to match the beach towel. They are always having sales too so watch for great deals.

Garden Bench pressed flower art framed made with real pressed flowers on Etsy

Here is my Garden Bench pressed flower art framed under glass and ready to sell in my Etsy shop. This design has been on cards with Leanin'Tree Greetings and sold as prints. Now selling original pressed flower art with real pressed flowers.
The bench is made of slivers of bark and fashioned after my own garden bench given to me on Mother's Day. Have a look see!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spoonflower fabric grey and cream leaves curtains with a burlap texture handmade graphic design

Here's a popular grey and cream fabric from my spoonflower shop that I used to make curtains. It has a texture in the design that looks like burlap and I chose the cotton linen fabric. Here is the link:   I will put up a photo soon of the actual curtains.  Wallpaper and woven removable wallpaper decals with other colors are available too on the Spoonflower site. I have some tile decal designs I will put up soon too. Some really fun pressed flower fabric to use for so many sewing projects that I will also be posting soon. I made a cotton knit pencil skirt out of my multi pressed flower design that I love too. Here is the link to that fabric :
Thanks for stopping by to see what's going on.