Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dining room ready for spring flowers.

Last year I cut the Dracena back. It was heading through the ceiling. I rooted what I cut off. With sun the plant should do well. 
Artwork by Bjorn Wiinblad, a Danish
Potter, artist, designer.. Ballet poster. 
One of my favorites. 
And a suzani on the table waiting for purple lilacs, salmon poppies, snowball flowers, and peony, for a bouquet.  

This suzani is Baysun. 
The painting is by an old friend. We were in a gallery together at one time. 

Spring comes soon.. We've had some sun...

Roses indoors are nice. 
As a gift even better. 

Suzani, hand embroidery in silk. 
Peppers. Bukhara. 
Nice bright colors for dreary days. 
This one has nice movement in the design. 

The large Samarkand detail...( below)
One dial that reverberates like the sun. 
The entire suzani is very large. Maybe 14'x 27'
I never measured. It fits the wall very well though. 
Silk Road dowry items
I so appreciate the work made by these women for their daughters. 

Soon a lost art. I'll hope to have these in a museum for all to see and learn of this culture. 
The daisy like flower is blue. 
When you walk into this room, this suzani seems to vibrate like the Suns rays. It has 8 large medallions like this.
You can see the impact of the design around the center of the dial in ted, white and black and sense even in this one sundial the energetic movement I speak of. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last year I was finally able to fix the water problem naturally....

I love it when my ideas are right on. 
Einstein said none of his came from logical thinking. For some of us thoughts come from air. 
We don't need to engineer grand themes when simple beautiful solutions are kind of no brainers. Yet all over the world things get done the hard way. The brutal way, forcing things to bend to mans will. 

At any rate this little garden is the fix for springs that took water under the house. 

I filled in soil conditioner and built a small pond. Estimates to fix this ranged from 8,000.00 up! 

I always trust myself. (Mostly:) 

Money makers always take the hard, expensive path with no beauty to show for it. 

Here is the little garden. 
No flooding this year. 

I look forward to its resurgence come spring. There will be some changes and tweaks. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MT Baker and Mukilteo Ferry

This is a few blocks from home. 
One of the many ferries. One of the many volcanoes is further away but can be seen from home sweet home. 
( if it's a clear day).,

The ferry runs from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island. 

It's time for a jaunt to the island I think. 
Although their record probably hasn't changed of setting up speed traps in confusing places where speed limits change rapidly in close proximity to one another and per usual Washington has a lot of signage competing with speed limit signs (which are very small). 

Oregon, on the other hand, has clear signage and huge speed limit signs. 

You'd think Washington wants people to get tickets!!

Maybe I won't go after all. 
Too bad for merchants on the island that 
Visitors are taken advantage of. 
Maybe the Merchants will pressure the state to modify these signs and policies?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Time to order Kiku starts

New couple owns Kings Mums. 
I'm glad they'll be available once again. 
I think they need a program ppl can use online to order efficiently. 

I can give them the information but not sure they'll have time or resources to do it. They're very busy and may not have enough hands to manage it all. So I hope help will just show up. 
Anything can happen. 

Call them to order a paper catalogue. 
I'll pick
Mine out eventually. 
Let the planning begin!!

 *** UPDATE Jan 27, 2015
The  new owners are having some difficulties getting  licenses for selling the patented mums. It seems the organization responsible, (I'm guessing), hasn't been very responsible. 
The new owners sent out catalogues thinking they only required an inspection. I  am curious about this patent business, who is selling them if the cost is to sell 33,333 cuttings a year? And how will those holding patents make any money if they have such a high policy for sales?

 These certain mums are patented cultivars, and the list is not short, of what they will be unable to sell. I wonder if the past owners knew about this or if they grandfathered in  or what? But the organization that own the patents I guess require annual sals of 33,333 plants a year. (isn't that an odd number?)

I hope for the sake of these young people that there's a misunderstanding. They have bought Greenhouses and etc and set up a big business only to come so far as to be excluded this way.
 It is really a shame.

If you can help, please lend a hand.
 These flowers are very important. Thanks..