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.

Warmer day


 


Just when it seems like Winter is forever.......


 

October

 


The sweet Service-berry is beginning to glow. In every season it is a beauty.


 


I desided to take a little break from dyeing silk and linen. The cooler days made me turn to wool for spinning and crocheting. It's hard to decide what to make - scarves, hats, or should I dye enough to crochet a blanket....? I've said it for years, but one of these days, I'm going to try felting.


 


This rose reminds me of the brick-red madder shade.


 

September morning glories


These morning glories began blooming in earnest a few weeks ago. They always take a long time to get started, but are truly worth the wait! 


Granny's Birthday


 This is my Grandmother's birthday. She shared her love of life, color, art, beauty and growth with all of us.


 


 Granny would be 115 years old today!


 



 

June 4 2019

 


 Summer in this old neighborhood. The next-door neighbor's porch is crumbling, The big elm tree had to be trimmed a bit more.

Beauty lives in both growth and decline.


 


 Chubby robin children on the front porch yesterday evening


 


 I love this part of town.


 

June 2019

 


Lots of rain lately. The columbines are blooming.


 


It's fun to plant a packet of mived color columbine seeds. These were planted last year  and the blooms are a lovely suprise.I love their color and shape.


 


Sunlight between storms. (Yes, the garage has seen better days.)



Muddy path


 


Dry land!


April 18


 April is the change-iest month! This is how things looked last Sunday.


 

Cold woad plant


 

Poor daffodils


Chilly scilla


T    Today the serviceberry is about to bloom.


And the daffodils are fine!


 

April 11

Bloodroot  ( Sanguiria canadensis)


After such a long winter, the garden in  April is a thrill!


 


 May apples  (Podophyllum peltatum)


The May apples begin like little umbrellas


 


 Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)


These trilliums will have gorgeous garnet-red blooms


 


Scilla


 


 This patch of blue began as a dozen little bulbs many years ago..


 


Woad (Isatis tinctoria)

Testing the germination of some woad seeds. Despite cold, wet and windy weather, so far, so good.

November 2

November has arrived suddenly!  It's been gorgeous - chilly and fresh, and tonight there may be a little snow. I've been rushing to plant hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs before it gets really cold.


 

There's so much to be done that I can hardly begin. One thing I have gotten done is to sort through some of the giant collections of silk scraps. Above is a little of the walnut dyed vintage silk.


 


Scraps of indigo dyed silk


Inspiration on the ground.


 

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