Read more about the article Avocado dye bath
Daphne and salal leaves, daffodils, strawflowers

Avocado dye bath

Linen soaking in dye bath made from avocado pits and skins Beautiful color, in this avocado dye bath, which fades to a subtle pale version of this (sort of) when…

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Read more about the article Groundhog Day again
Nereocystis luetkeana (aka bull whip kelp), hellebore buds and leaves, smoky topaz, iris foetidissima seeds, mahonia and Japanese maple twigs

Groundhog Day again

It's Groundhog Day again, and it seems like it's been here for the last 11 months. However, the plants aren't stuck doing the same thing day after day, and I…

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Read more about the article Share the joy
Rocks, birch leaves, mastadon ivory, deodor cedar seed squiggles, iris foetidissima berries, amber beads, horse tail fern, fir cone seeds, hop seed bush leaves

Share the joy

One of the reasons I make these botanical designs is that I want to share the joy that I get when I make them. For months I've posted them on…

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Read more about the article This too shall pass
Mahonia leaf, bottlebrush flower buds, eucalyptus caps, smoky topaz, abalone, christmas cactus, daphne flower bud, pussy willow twigs

This too shall pass

This too shall pass, and thank goodness for that. Woke up with a case of the "f-its". so reminding myself that everything changes, nothing stays the same is an excellent…

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Read more about the article Mandalas connect us
Marbles, sand dollar, bird breast bone, society garlic leaves, foetidissima iris seeds, clay beads, Mexican orange flower buds, acuba leaves

Mandalas connect us

Mandalas do connect us. I just had a deep, moving conversation with a woman I knew only slightly til this morning. We both volunteer for the Center for Common Ground's…

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Read more about the article Gratitude
Camelia, mahonia leaves, flower buds and flowers, smoky topaz, boxwood leaves, bay leaves, Japanese maple twigs, and dried flower buds from the Stunt Ranch Road Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

Gratitude

Gratitude - one of the most amazing things about making this book and now this website, is how many people offer their gardens to me. "Take whatever you like, as…

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Read more about the article Signs of Spring
African seed pod, rhododendron flower and leaves, christmas cactus, Mexican orange flowers, clay beads, heelebore petals and centers, budding pussy willow

Signs of Spring

There are signs of spring, aligning with the cycle of the Biden/Harris administration. Hellebores are among the first to bloom in my garden. The Mexican orange comes from down the…

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