Quotes from the Garden
When I helped start a garden at my son's school, we plastered quotes around the campus with garden quotes to get students and staff intrigued about the opening.
I used my images and some wise words. Enjoy!
Plant Your Flag
What if flowers and plants could be representatives of their country or region?
I have a vision of these images printed on fabric hanging as a flag would, with honor and pride. This particular plant would represent Southwest Asia, although I surmise it is now a world citizen.
Eucalyptuses or Eucalypti?
I made this design just so I could say eucalypti! This one is a mixture of two different types of eucalyptus tree parts.
In the 1850s, Eucalyptus trees were introduced to California by Australians during the California Gold Rush and became America's Largest Weed.
Eucalyptus corymbia ficifolia or Red Flowering Gum makes up the center circle in the spectacularly colored buds, and the leaves and partially opened buds are like the clanger of the bell shape.
The quite common leaves and small blossoms of Eucalyptus Globulus or Blue Gum Tree grace the corner frames.
Aloe Arborescens - Shazam
This one is made just from 2 parts. The leaves and the amazing orange flowers.
About Aloe arborescens (krantz aloe, candelabra aloe)
Over 500 species are accepted in the genus Aloe, and I think I have properly named this one. It is endemic to the south eastern part of Southern Africa.
In a lab study conducted by Jia et al., wounds were induced in rat and rabbit test subjects and pulp from Aloe arborescens was applied to the wounds. Results showed that healing rates were improved in wounds addressed with Aloe arborescens. Source Wikipedia
Coral Tree Yum!
About Erythrina crista-galli
Flowers, leaves and stems found on a Palo Alto tree.
Often known as the cockspur coral tree, native to Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, notably in California. source Wikipedia.
Working with plants singularly gives me an opportunity to appreciate the life cycles. I also like to bring this lens of life cycle to my own life and consider where I am. A mother of a young child, in mid life. I feel like I am just beginning to bloom in so many areas! Where would you place yourself in your life cycle and how does this inform your experience?
This tree know many names including: Peruvian pepper (Schinus molle, also known as American pepper, Peruvian peppertree, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree,peppercorn tree, Californian pepper tree, pirul and Peruvian mastic (source Wikipedia)
Botanical Design with a Twist
Wisteria Facts of Interest
Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise. The world's largest known Wisteria vine is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring more than 1 acre (0.40 ha) in size and weighing 250 tons. Planted in 1894, it is of the Chinese lavender variety. The seeds are poisonous. -Source Wikipedia
Playing with Pods
Raw Material, seeds still attached to pod
Green Pod Designs
These pods and seed grouping are made from the Australian Blackwood Tree, acacia melanoxylon.
Indigenous Australians derive an analgesic from the tree. I derive an analgesic too, designing with these pods makes me happy!
It is valued commercially for its highly decorative timber which may be used as a cabinet timber, for musical instruments or in boat building. More on Wikipedia...
Brown Pod Pattern
Helix, DNA, pattern, nature. Striking. One part always contains a piece of the whole.
How I Build Botanical Patterns
The design at right is made from the leaves of the sweet potato plant - just 2 separate leaves, pictured below. The folded leaf reminds me of the hearts I made in elementary school where you drew half the heart on a folded paper and cut it out.
The process: In Photoshop I carefully select the leaf from its background, that is the sometimes tedious part of my work. Then comes the fun part, I build separate patterns individually, and then put the designs into a larger design until it sings to me. And, I kid you not, when I get a good one the angels sing Hallelujah!