Friday, August 25, 2017

Savanna, and Kiku ( hybrid mums)

For many years now I've grown Kiku.
Still a beginner^^!
But then, beginners mind is the best mind!
So this Kiku is Apricot Alexis.
It bloomed early.
I have 3 more of these and decided to disbud and go for the one large flower this year.
 Someone broke one in half:(

I have a purple one that's  a beauty too.
Anyway, orange you glad I grow Kiku?
( lately orange is my color of interest! )


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Finally hanging my latest mask...

I made it a long time ago but needed a special glue to hold head pieces intact.
Finally, done, sealed and plants added including grapevines in a vial of water.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lily Time...and Harvesting Garlic Time

As the garlic grows it will put out seed tops.
Cut these off to spare garlic growth, and
Put them in a jar of olive oil in frig.
Use this for garlic flavoring until your garlic is harvested and cured to use.

Lilies are everywhere now. Including on hikes.
So look out for lilies. 

One unusual hydrangea. 

Garlic dug up.
Keep out of sun until you can hang it for curing.
I've got mine in a large pottery container where is dark and dry for now.
Soon it'll be hanging to cure.
See below...

When the bottom leaves turn browner than this, it's time to harvest garlic.
If you wait it could shed its wrapper and you'll find cloves unwrapped.

Dig the garlic up, don't pull it up. Shake dirt off but don't wash. Hang in groups of 10 in a shaded dry space. They'll grow some still after being dug up. Hang to cure until the stalks are all dry and you can cut a few at 2" and squeeze the stalk to make sure it's dry. Then when all dry, cut off all but about 11/2" of the roots, then wearing rubber gloves you can rub the garlic between your hands to remove some outside layers of the papery covering of the bulb. Now it's clean.
Garlic is now ready to use.

It's lily time in gardens and in nature.
If you go hiking, look for lilies.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The beach tonight

It's 8:35 pm
The sun is not setting yet. 
People are playing at the beach. 
High tide, walked to the end which wasn't very far and there was my treasure. A nice piece of molded ridged glass, washed well. The ferrys horn like a heartbeat when it sounds.

My reward for not finding much glass, is, 'found art', complete with trees and stones below. Enjoy...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tipsoo Lake, Mt. Rainier

Bear grass usually blooming at this spot on the road 
from Sunrise to Tipsoo Lake.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mt Rainier jaunt ...

Mt Rainier and the White River yesterday. 

Bear grass

Corn lily 

Western pasqueflower in flower stage  

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