|Westman Islands from the seashore in Iceland|
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Visiting Iceland--the Intriguing Westman Islands
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Visiting Kauai -- Additional Impressions
I wrote about our April trip to Kauai a couple times. Here are some pictures from the trip that don't fit very well anywhere else.
I didn't mention the chickens. Chickens are all over the island. At first you think you're seeing them just outside someone's yard. Then you figure out that they are feral, like cats in cities.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Dye Plant--Sawwort, Serratula tinctoria, Obscure Historic Yellow Dye
|Persian knapweed Centaurea dealabata|
I like rescuing plants. You know, taking a sickly little plant, giving it good light and regular water and watching it recover. My relationship with sawwort--Persian knapweed really-- began that way.
I was new to Colorado in fall of 2006 and finding plants for the yard of my new house. So I was looking on the end-of-the-season garden racks for promising marked-down perennials at McGuckin's Hardware Store in Boulder ("Colorado's Favorite Store"!). I chose a pot or two and got chatting with the clerk. She pointed me to the edge of the garden shop where a couple of run-down, sad-looking plants slumped over the edge of their pots and said I could have them, no charge. How could I resist?!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Visiting Denver--The Denver Botanic Garden, the Plants as Art
Dale Chihuly's glass art, in the Denver Botanic Garden until November 2014, is very much worth seeing, but when it is gone, the plants will still be there. Influenced by Chihuly's glass, I looked at the plants and saw some fantastic shapes and colors--
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Visiting Denver--Chihuly Art at the Denver Botanic Gardens
|Chihuly glass, Denver Botanic Garden|
Right now there is an art display of Dale Chihuly's glass sculpture throughout the garden.
The art makes me think about gardens and art: plants are beautiful without sculpture--in the next blog I have pictures of plants from the Denver Botanic Garden that same day, seeing it as "great art, by Nature." (link)
But the Chihuly pieces are a "must see" while they're in Denver (until Nov. 2014). I like some very much, for others I thought the garden more beautiful before they were added. And so it was great fun.
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