My first year of blogging I found inspiration everywhere and all the time! While listening to a political discussion in late 2008 it suddenly hit me that titling a post about removing invasive Lonicera ....The Last days Of Bush ....Honeysuckle....was perfect. It was just enough of an attention grabber and not the least bit controversial! Titles like My Sweet Embraceable You and Pardon My Big Aster were just plain fun to write. Both were inspired by just being in the garden. During those early blogging months it seemed I never went anywhere with out something stimulating those creative juices. When they flow, you can't get to a pen and paper fast enough.
So Saturday morning I headed out to get a bit of inspiration and possibly a plant or two. The three nurseries I stopped at had absolutely nothing that was interesting! The usual pansies were available~~looking terribly beaten up after two months of frigid weather. There were plenty of yews, Chinese hollies and other evergreens~ but I was hunting color inspiration. " Come back, our new shipment of plants isn't expected for a week to 10 days!" was the refrain. Ten days! That' s forever in gardener years.
While stalking the nurseries in January 2009, I found a perfect double yellow hellebore. Golden Lotus is her name.Golden Lotus is part of the Winter Jewel series from breeder Marietta O'Byrnes. This little beauty stands upright and doesn't require you to lie on the ground to get a good look or take a photo. Isn't she lovely? The entire series is stunning. Some of the best colors I've seen in a hellebore~~apricots, picotees, berries and deep blacks. I was sure hoping the nursery would have them in....talk about a shot of color. They can be a bit pricey so I only treated myself to one last year! What was I thinking...we all know it's better to buy in sets of three, five or seven;)...and with the garden in shades of brown and gray all those delicious colors seem very attractive. So if you want to be inspired~ you can visit the nursery to drool over the photos. Just be prepared to find space in your garden and budget for them.
While plants weren't available to tempt me, I did stumble upon a mosaic that caught my fancy while visiting a stone yard. ~~This sun is on the stone gable of the office building. Don't you think it would look delightful on a patio or the right garden wall. I like the notion of creating a half sun at the end of a sidewalk~a stepping off point into the lawn or a garden room?
It reminded of this lovely, old sun carving at the Blithewold Mansion. The rough stone sun is part of the foundation of the mansion. Which is incorporated into the beautiful formal North Garden. Layanee took me to meet Kris/Trench Manicure and see the garden when I was in Providence the fall of 2008. It was beautiful....even after a week of heavy rains. Here's another impressive use of stone~
Again from Blithewold.
But, I digress! On Sunday I had lunch at J Alexander's Restaurant and look what I took home~This is a Polly Cook print from the back of the menu! She's a local artist whose work I have long admired. She works in ceramics and oils. Okay you're wondering, what's so special about this print on the back of a menu? Here's what this non-artist sees! Inspiration! A great mosaic opportunity. The shape of the vase is perfect and those red tulips are exquisite! They already look like pieces of stained glass that have been grouted....and look at those pops of purple for contrast. This would make a wonderful glass on glass still life~I might just have to try it.
The ideas are flowing and the juices are refreshing!
So tell me~What's inspiring you these days?
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye