The Creative Garden
I hope I can be forgiven for my absence from this blog. This spring has been busier than normal. The garden keeps getting bigger and bigger, and my creative energy has tended to go into the great outdoors now. Somehow gardening is just as energizing for me as painting, and in many ways they work on a parallel path. My tendency is to experiment without having to know everything there is to know about the process. Sometimes I just throw a lot of seeds on the ground without making neat rows, and when they come up they give me beautiful random patterns and colors. Like this lettuce bed, for example. There are 5 or 6 different kinds of lettuce planted together. This way I don’t have to worry about weeds — the lettuces crowd them out. We pick whatever we want for that day and go back again for more. Always fresh and delicious!
And this bed was planted in a similar way. It has kale, purple mustard, and garlic.
The tiny round leaves just above the bottom left hand corner are freshly-added okra plants, which are planted throughout these beds. When the greens are gone due to the summer heat, the okra will take their place.
So I guess you can say in general that I don’t like to follow rules, recipes, instructions. I like to get comfortable with my “medium” and then just experiment a lot.
And one more picture for you . . . and then I promise no more garden pictures today. These are self-watering buckets that I built from instructions that I found online.
I really do like this design because it uses only one bucket instead of two. Here’s the link if you’re into that kind of thing. I modified the design (there I go experimenting again) to include filling tubes made of pvc pipe scraps, and didn’t bother to put the plastic covers on the tops. But it isn’t a bad idea – the plastic really does prevent evaporation of the water, so I may add those later. The netting covering the two on the left is to protect my tiny plants from the birds.
On the art front, I delivered my two paintings to the annual juried show here at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, and then didn’t make it to the opening. I don’t know when I’ve ever let that happen, but as I said it’s been busy almost to the point of exhaustion. So I didn’t go. Wouldn’t you know I won an award! It wasn’t a major award, but an honor just the same. So of course I’m embarrassed about not having been there. I won’t let that happen again.