Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Reaching Out .....

Reaching out can be a rather odd event when it is from some one you have no idea of, and especially if it is because of a blog post .... ESPECIALLY if that blog post was from years ago.

"Hi - my name is Alonzo, and I work at Artsy. While researching Johannes Vermeer, I found your page: How Many Colours
I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.
Our Johannes Vermeer page provides visitors with Vermeer's bio, over 15 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Vermeer exhibition listings. The page also includes related artists and categories, allowing viewers to discover art beyond our Vermeer page. We would love to be included as an additional resource for your visitors via a link on your page.
If you are able to add a link to our Vermeer page, please let me know, and thanks in advance for your consideration."

I was amazed to say the least, the original post was inspired by the movie "The Girl with the Pearl Earring".
In short, the post was about the depth and variation of colours that we see in nature and the sky. 

I had the opportunity to live in the Netherlands for four years and it ingrained a soft spot for Dutch artists ... actually Van Gogh is my favorite with a side dish of Monet, who of course is not Dutch but there it is.
However you never know just by coincidence when you happen to see a piece of art that strikes your interest and you are curious to know more about the work and the artist.
It can have a domino affect and can lead you on to more and more art.
I know my curiosity of Gustav Klimt was also inspired by a movie as well .. there is a pattern here ?
The Tree of Life :

In any case, by way of Alonzo's reaching out I have been introduced to a wonderful site that is dedicated to bringing art to as many people as possible.
I know, I am supposed to be a garden blogger, but for this one post .. I wanted to dabble by way of a helping hand to a site that may open more eyes to art they may not have seen.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Garden Plants "New or Old" ?

Ok .. I am holding on to the last vestiges of sanity without my computer which funny enough I thought I would be fine without for it's time away at the computer spa.
NOT !!! .. the same old adage " you don't miss what you have until it is gone" or nearly blew up and the computer ambulance had to be called .... BIG sigh !
However .. I am trying to navigate Garden PA's computer (and newly suggested wireless keyboard and mouse) while he does somewhat the same on his new tablet (graciously gave me his old one .. which I will probably blow up within two weeks if I try playing with it at all).

OK .. aside from my moaning and groaning this is supposed to be about garden plants !!
First a curious question .. do you look especially for the newest plants available for 2017 ?
Or do you restock with ones you can count on for hardiness (cold/heat, and drought wise)

My favoutie mail order plant company has come on line with the new catalog and I have ear marked a few plants that I don't have but I noticed they are tried and true older varieties for the most part.
I wish I could illustrate with pictures but I can't manage that with Garden PA's computer but I will have a link to them.
If you have had experiences with any of these plants please drop a note to me and let me know how they did ? Thanks !
So here is my first draft of a few :

Corydalis "Blue Panda" .. I don't have a corydalis and this one looks so pretty ! and has been around the block so to say .. tested and true.

Anemone "Elfin Swan" .. I wanted a more compact anemone after trying to deal with the monster ones which were sent to the allyway garden to duke it out with the goosneck loostrife .
I loved Pamina but it doesn't love me to make it through the winter, so this one I am hoping will !

Astilbe "Mighty Chocolate Cherry" I tried getting this one last year and missed out .. I have a thing for astilbe and really wanted to see this one in action because of the contrasting colours but tidy mound .. all of the plants I am picking are more of the compact and tidy type due to lack of space.

Geranium "Azure Rush" ... I have a few Rozanne and it really does stretch out .. maybe too much. So this one being a sport of the mother plant is bred to be more compact with some marbling of the deeply cut leaves .. I think it will be very pretty .. fingers crossed.

Heucherella "Buttered Rum" Yes this one has been around for quite a while but I am a sucker for that colour which will look perfect on the shady side of my garden .. compact and perfect !

Primula vulgaris Balerina Pink Ice ... I don't have a lot of primula and none with double blooms like this .. and that heavenly pink that changes in colour value .. well I just fell for it no questions asked!

Penisetum alopecuroids "Cassian" I am a fool for fountain grass .. this is an older variety but I haven't tried it out before and those amazing masses of fluffy flower heads .. well it just had to be.

So this is a first draft .. it might be tweaked ..and sometimes the garden centers here have very surprising and unexpected plants (boy does that send a shiver up my spine !)
The total thrill of the hunt which lands you a fantastic prize you didn't expect ?

Monday, 23 January 2017

Seriously ?

OK ... maybe waiting to hear about my computer repairs or possible replacement is getting to me.
I am very lucky to have Garden PA's computer to play with though so a BIG phew!! on that one.
Outside it is so UNNATURAL it makes me shudder ... brown and bits of green are our colours.
No snow .... this is just NOT right ....

The next bit ... I am hesitant about but I can't help myself ... that is what the SERIOUSLY ? is about.
Since I am a Canadian (and I thank the forces of nature for that EVERY day!),  I may not be entitled to an opinion but I do have a question for my American friends.

Trump ................................................................................................... seriously ?????????????????

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Please ?

My new(ish) computer is FRIED .. it may take up to 2 weeks to fix or come to the conclusion that they give me a new one .. I can't access my cogeco mail account as of yet .. which has all of my email addresses on it of course ..
So ... if anyone is going to email me please use
This is totally frustrating .. but I am lucky to be able to use Garden PA's computer so at least I can squeak by for a bit ... arghhhh !