Nothing has shown how balance in the garden makes the best sense than this growing season. We started off dry, with lots of sun. Then switched to damp, even waterlogged, with little sun. As a result, most things have not had the conditions they love to thrive. I’ve had many plants suffer poor blooming and many things have developed blights, fungal outbreaks, or other problems. Many weeds this year too. Too many for my tastes. Here’s what I’ve captured since the solstice. Enjoy the gallery!
I could not be any happier with these two paintings! When I started out I wanted to represent light and color connected together in a much more blended, organic, way than that of a kaleidoscope. I thought rainbow and reflection, like holiday lights or flowers in a garden in front of the sun viewed through an unclear lens. I think all that came through. They remind me of those things, but also nebulae and dye colored microbes or cell structure viewed under a microscope. These are acrylic and ink over metallic acrylic. The subsurface is plaster impression on canvas.
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As an artist I can get stuck and need inspiration or help getting out of a pattern that isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes the easiest thing for me to do is to look at photography and let it take me somewhere. Since I’ve blogged for a very long time, on multiple sites, I’ve also come up short sometimes with stock photos I could use for header graphics for posts. Here is a list of stock photo places I go to for inspiration. Most are completely free to use as you wish; a few require attribution, but I think that is a very small price to pay for free usage of someone’s art. At the very end of the list I am also including the link to the Prelinger Archives which has 6600 free use films. Enjoy exploring & using them!
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Early October is the herald for the season of slow slumber in New Hampshire. The garden is beyond twilight and though most plants are preparing for winter, some things re-surge. The dahlias come back with a vengeance. One. Last. Hurrah.
We had great leafy vegetable crop; four kinds of lettuce and some awesome kale, which is very happy with the cold right now. We had a steady tomato crop and my peppers grew very well this year. Our pear tree is old enough to give us lots of fruit this year and they have been delicious. We had a big enough crop that we could give some to neighbors.
We’ve continued to have warmer weather for fall, though our nights are dipping as they should. It has been a little dry as well. Times of killing frost are almost upon us. I hope you enjoy the flower and plant gallery; this will be the last one for this year! Continue reading “Easygoing Early #October #Garden #Photos”
Late summer, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden is in the twilight of its’ life. As the prolonged heat of mid to late summer moves in most plants get a bit ragged and tired. Even with extra water it is hard to keep blooms coming. As you can see that doesn’t mean the garden looks bare. We’ve actually had cooler than normal weather this year, which has felt great while out in the garden. Much less use of the AC too. I hope you enjoy the gallery. There should be one more coming! Continue reading “Lazy Late #Summer #Garden #Photos”
Mid spring, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden really starts to take off. Much more variety and texture in the garden can exist because most of our freezes, especially hard freezes, are over for the beginning of the year. The vegetation in the yard has leafed out and everything is in a dizzying dance of shape and color.
We added many more tulips to the garden last fall and I have to say that investment was worth every penny. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this year, enough to not only knock the drought in the state down, but provide enough extra rain for increased growing and bloom times. Both of the new fruit trees from last year have loved the extra rain.
I’ve planted most of our vegetables now. Several different spinach, several different types of tomatoes & peppers, three varieties of lettuce, and some kale. We also continued our potato growing, though we’ve limited it to one variety this year. All the herbs are up and spreading. They don’t really need any help from me.
I’m still working on the annuals that go into containers and baskets. I’m also a little behind on planting the flowers I grow from seed, but I’ll catch up soon. Happy gardening everyone! Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “Mid #Spring #Garden #Flowers”