Dead Nettle

The nice thing about making art (instead of stories) is that at the end of the day, you might have something pretty to look at. I think my favorite here is the dead nettle, oddly enough, though the explosion of pansies does make me smile. smile emoticon

These are little 5×7 framed originals — now comes the part I hate, figuring out how to price them. Sigh. Minimum $10 to cover the cost of the frame…

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The irises are starting. 🙂     When I was a kid, irises were my favorite flower — I even used to do paper crafts where you made an iris out of paper, which is a complex and challenging process. Now, of course, there are too many flowers I love for me to have a favorite. But irises will always have a special place in my heart. I’m not sure of all the names, but I think the second is Batik, and the third is Captain’s Choice, both new to my garden this year.

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Allium bulgaricum.

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It’s a funny sort of flower — you can’t really see the prettiest part unless you tip the blooms up. But here are the points in its favor: a) it’s hardy and deer / bunnies / squirrels won’t eat it, b) when it’s coming up, the pointy spikes add a unique and interesting element to your garden, c) when it starts to open, the delicate blooms are graceful, unusual, and lovely, and d) if you cut some and put them up on a mantel, with their tall stems, then the blooms are high enough that you can actually see the flower parts and enjoy them. They always make me think of fairy houses.

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So last night I tried the microwave technique for pressing flowers, and it worked pretty well. They throw off a lot of moisture in the process, so any books you use will get a bit wrinkly, and possibly have bits of flower gunk stuck in them afterwards. I’m okay with that. 🙂 I let them finish drying overnight, and today they’re ready to use. This would be a fun craft to do with kids — pansies and leaves are easiest to work with and give lovely results.
Now what shall I do with these beauties? Bookmarks, I think…IMG_6216 IMG_6217 IMG_6218 IMG_6219 IMG_6220
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Okay, I know I’ve hit a certain threshold of not giving a damn, because when I decided I wanted to start on pressing some flowers tonight for a craft project, and it was a bit chilly out for my nightshirt, I just threw on a fuzzy grey polka-dotted bathrobe and *slippers* and went out into my front yard to harvest flowers. In the dark. A couple neighbors did walk by, and I have no idea what they thought, if they noticed me at all, bending down with my little snips in the parkway, but no one actually said anything, so I count that as a win.
(I never was overly concerned with respectability, but that attitude is taking strange turns in my 40s. Kind of curious to see what I get up to in my 60s. 🙂 )IMG_6215
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