March 24 2021

 


 


 

Last year's madder stalks 



The bloodroot has a touch of pink this year

Spring

 

Celandine from Mom's garden


 

Snowdrops


 

Impatiens balfouri  seedlings


Crocus


A little more snow

February 2021

 


 Morning sun and snow on the garage


 


 A couple days later...the roof caved in and the sides fell out!  Not very surprising, but still amazing.....Called the insurance company.  We'll see what's next.


 


 Indoors, the orchids are happy. This lovely slipper orchid has been  in the family for at least 15 years. I've decided to make myself like and learn about orchids, even though they're weird, stiff, and can be expensive.


 


 These moth orchids are new from the grocery store.


 

Sad flowers


 The indigo patch in early November. Little did we know what was to come.


 


 Sad flowers


 


 

New friends

 


Batman, ( despite the name, she is a girl kitty)


 


Batman and Slinky


 

 


 

Fresh indigo

A basket of indigo leaves


After grinding the leaves with ice water


The beautiful green brew


 


 Silk scarf and fabric airing. There are lots of indigo leaf bits still to be washed and rinsed away.


 

August 2020

 


 The outside world is very strange and it's not so dependable right now. Routines have been obliterated, and the ordinary has been lost. In our city of Chicago, each day contains unwelcome surprises.

The backyard world of the garden is true and dependable. There are always changes, mostly gradual and sensible. Every year the garden is a little different, but always a delight.

These Japanese morning glories have just begun blooming. Since the days have been so hot here, the flowers don't last very long. They sort of melt in the hot morning sunshine.

July

Nigella


Indigo, cochineal and silk


 

June 26


It's nearly the end of June. The earth is full of fantastic colors and shapes.



 Some of the delphiniums have begun to bloom. I planted another tray of mixed color delphinium seeds this spring. We'll have to wait until next summer to see what shades they'll be.


 

April snow



As usual, April  weather is up and down and mostly down.


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