Friday, May 18, 2012

Journaling The Garden Week 19 & 20

As I mentioned on Monday, I had blog posts scheduled for last week and ready to publish, but alas technology had other plans. SO, I am playing a little catch-up sharing both Week 19 & 20 together for Journaling The Garden.

I have, very recently, spent a fair amount of time in the garden, digging in the dirt, pulling weeds, planting new blooms, trying to tame the wild with a bit of order. Such moments always come at the expense of an aching body in the end, which, honestly, feels good because a sore body usually equals results.

My garden activities also make me yearn to wander the local nurseries in search of new.  I am a trial and error gardener willing to take a chance on what inspires me, hoping it will thrive, but not always being so practical about the particulars especially proper spacing. I tend to stuff as many flowers as I can into one tiny space, if I think there was an inch of dirt available.  Hubby profusely chastises me for this, but it hasn't kept me from repeating the act over and over. And after I read that  Tasha Tudor, one of my very favorite artist/gardeners, also liked to over plant a plot with bulbs, which is how she managed to get them to bloom is such large lush arrangements, I have been even more defiant of warning words.

One of my garden obsessions is collecting and keeping the small plastic stakes that come with each plant containing care instructions.  So when something does work, I have a record of the particulars to reference.

For Week 19,  I recreated a background that mimics soil using Tsukineko Walnut Ink Crystals, a fine mist spray bottle filled with distilled water, and Kosher Salt.  Spritzing the pages with water helps disperse the walnut crystals randomly, and the salt soaks-up bits of color.

I then took some of my favorite stakes and added them to the journal, carefully stitching them in place.

To hide my uneven stitches and add a decorative touch, I placed grommets on either side of the plant stakes then tied a ribbon around them.

Now I am ready to add painted flower subjects to the opposite page... Stay Tuned!


deanna7trees said...

i love your idea. i save them for a while and then wind up throwing them away. i am always sorry.

HollyM said...

Great idea! You have my 3 favorites there-zinnia,, cosmos, and the coneflower. I've recently discovered the cornflower too.
My husband doesn't understand why I need to dig up and move something once it's been planted. I tend to over plant too or just plain change my mind about where I want something
What are the yellow flowers in your painting? It's very striking!

Glenda Hoagland said...

This is a really good post. When you sew through paper what size needle should be used?

Sue Marie said...

That's a lovely painting, you're really captured the light... I love it :)
Sue x

Jeannie said...

I also keep the stakes and also seed packages. I have always wished my Gram had kept her seed packets from the 30's, so I am making up for it. LOL! The coneflower and plumbago should come up every year. Given the right conditions (which have eluded me until this year) the coneflower will self sow! The birds love the seeds and also those of the cosmos. Have fun! Love the journal page.

Lee said...

Oh, very clever!! Love this. My gardens are sooo, um, meager, to sy the least. I just haven't done much outsie- too much to do inside. SIGH. I did plant some lupines, they are tiny right now. But the person who buys this house- because it WILL sell- will enjoy them in the next few years. xo

Jane LaFazio said...

sweet way to keep your plant stake thingeys.... lovely page

Jane LaFazio said...

sweet way to keep your plant stake thingeys.... lovely page