One more week!

May 25, 2014

I have one week left before the art in the garden show.

I’ve been waking up every morning and thinking that there’s still so much time, but I’m starting to feel the pressure now.

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Happily, things in the garden are looking good. We had a good old thunderous rain…one of those West Coast things…and the rain bent several irises and flattened the oriental poppies. But these things are expected and, since this garden is a one woman show, I’ll do the best I can with the propping up and am not taking it all very seriously since there are some areas which are so lovely that they take away form the flattened poppies, and they don’t matter so much.

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Hey, great news! So I thought that my “saved from the bulldozer” irises have all started to bloom and I had the four new varieties, but then this beautiful two toned blue one opened. What a lovely surprise. Now I have six varieties in the garden; one I bought the house with and FIVE I’ve saved from neighbouring construction sites…and the best part: FREE! 😀

I’ve never really been able to chose a favourite flower, but irises are right there on top on my list.

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There’s just one problem with taking on a major project like this show. It becomes all work, work, work. So C and I got out, (once), for a little retail therapy.

There’s just something about changing out of the gardening clothes and putting some make-up on, or getting out of the studio, and actually going among people! LOl. We had a little walk thru the local mall, stopped for tea, and had a good mooch at Anthro. All’s good with the outside world…nice to see. 😀

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But the kind of getting out I really love is the spontaneous jumping in the car and heading off to the ocean or a mountain hike.

Yesterday afternoon I was just dying to get out of the studio and so we headed off to Whytecliff Park and climbed the cliffs.

And then we just sat.

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It’s so good for the soul.

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found wood

I hope you’ll all excuse my absence here for this last week, this final push. You can catch up with me on Instagram (since I’m such a iPhone addict these days) or on my FB…come be my friend. 😀

Some new art:
A serious little saw whet owl on a serious page of Beethoven, And some cardinals and a wren under buttercups on Chopin.
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what comes from stress and evening walks
Catching up, checking in

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10 Comments

  • Reply Pondside May 25, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I’d definitely take the tour if I were in Vancouver! What a lot of work it must entail for you, but how rewarding it must be, in the end.

  • Reply sorrygnat May 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Heavenly post, photos, paintings, flowers, everything! fills the soul

  • Reply Ida P. Krause May 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Awesome post. Loved your kitties peeking outside in the first shot. Bet they are wanting to go out and view the garden too. – Lots of work indeed but I’m sure it’s worth it. Your Iris are pretty. I’ve had a few fall over too this year.
    Nice you got out and about as well. Loved that Bed Room and oh my the photos of your daughter with those yellow flowers, simple stunning.

  • Reply Suzie May 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

    It’s so good to get out and about, change the rhythm of life 🙂

  • Reply dawnsrays May 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

    all the photos are so yummy and inspiring! What is going on with that piece of red wood — I’m sure it could be something fantastic.
    Love love love your sheet music art. Just amazing as always!
    ~Dawn

    • Reply Veronica May 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Not sure about the red piece, but it was too fabulous and so we took it home. It’s drying in the studio right now. The last red piece we found became Morgan’s scratching post to keep her off the edge of the door. That reminds me, I brought home another fantastic piece of drift wood with three huge nails in it. I will cut the sharp end of the nails off with my angle grinder and paint some rocks to use on it, (also already collected), to make a tic tac toe game for garden visitors. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v May 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful, even your walks 🙂

    • Reply Veronica May 28, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Aw Sara, thank you. Some of the beach front parks are spectacular right now with the blooming brooms and the arbutus trees. 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein May 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

    maybe the rain flattened flowers will perk up on their own .. and i am sure even those with professionally tended gardens will have some flora in the same state …

    make up? you’re putting on make up? i am impressed 😉

    • Reply Veronica May 28, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Lol, I know…right? I end up picking up the mascara and lipstick and wondering what they are. 😀 I’m sure you’re absolutely right. Also, the professionally tended gardens tend not to have “trouble” plants like irises and poppies, and tend to have a more limited planting scheme to make after care easier…like swaths of grasses and lady’s mantle.

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