Posts Tagged ‘garden’

a spectacular flourish of 12 flowers at midnight!
the finale the next day
there’s two more buds getting ready to dance with the Full Moon next weekend!

Queen of the Night is flowering again!

Posted: February 19, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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On Tuesday we counted 21 buds getting ready to open on the Queen of the Night
the first flower opened on Wednesday night
then three more bloomed tonight
and a fourth bloom
with so many more getting ready!
Magic Days!

the Blue Full Moon in Gemini at 8:30pm the Queen of the Night Singing the Moon at 2am
her flowers getting ready in the late afternoon
opening in harmony
“the time is gone, the song is over…”


Posted: November 26, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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feeling gruntled with the world this morning when I found my eye glasses hanging off a recently transplanted Bromeliad  out in the garden, searched the house and garden last night after dinner looking high and low and was not a happy camper when I went to bed…
the iMac is feeling gruntled too after its visit to the Genius Bar and an overnight upgrade to OSXI aka Big Sur, our internet connection is not stable enough to to do any of the Apple updates thanks to our governments appallingly implemented National Broadband Network, have had to pull the plug on it so many times since I bought it last xmas when it has frozen whilst trying to update the operating system
picked up Too dark? from Glebe Picture Frames, Tom did a great job, x fingers will get a better photo next week in the gallery!
Too dark? Mo Orkiszewski 2020
H 36.5cm x W 36.5cm D 5cm
black glove leather, black leather cord, papier maché, grape vine tendrils, linen & silk thread embroidered text on vintage black suede over board

there is always the garden

Posted: November 23, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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there is always the garden
the hoya is flowering madly
Honesty pods are ripening
Honesty November 15th to 22nd Mo20
hot pink Epiphyllum in one of our gardens
Gardenias in another of our gardens
gardeners perquisites
my 11 month old iMac is going into the Apple store this afternoon
x fingers they will work out why it is being such a slug!

Dark Moon in Scorpio

Posted: November 15, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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River of Moons (go with the flow) in process
indigo dyed moons by Glennis Dolce & Jude Hill, indigo dyed river cloth by Ulrike Bogdan
small changes are made along the way as each new moon is added on the dark moon
a balancing act
this two moon cloth from Jude celebrates the Blue Moon happening this month here in Australia (it was last month on the other side of the world)
the new moon stitched down this morning changes the balance
as I will be working on this piece for the full cycle of the year it will undoubtedly get a bit grubby & can’t wash those antique vellum stars on the first panel… perhaps selective steam cleaning and then damp stretching when it’s all said and done or cutting it up and then putting it back together…
enjoying sketching the Honesty observing how the pods form
will try a watercolour sketch later today
the hoya is flowering with Fiona and Barry’s weathergrams for Peace
watch this beautiful video introducing their Deckle Edge Press
astounding storm light this week just after our annual house inspection by the real estate agent, we love our crumbling old lady of a house but look forward to moving to the Blue Mountains around the middle of next year x fingers!

Neomarica gracilis aka Brazilian Walking Iris
this is one of my favourite plants, the flowers are fleeting but fabulous for a day and keep flowering throughout spring. It’s one of the toughest plants I know, grows well in shade, doesn’t mind root competition as it sends out new plants from each flowering point (hence the name) and has even taken over a sandstone cliff where not much else could grow in one of our gardens. It’s also spectacular as an indoor plant in a big pot.
We were hoping to retire from gardening at the end of the year but will have to wait til March when I am eligible for the Age Pension, looking forward to seeing if this plant will cope in the cooler climate up in the Blue Mountains
both of my eyes have had lens replacements, being able to see clearly for the first time this century is Magic!
wadjet eye carved on sea glass Mo 2006

a Spring walk in the Botanic Gardens

Posted: September 6, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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it was a perfect day for a spring walk in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
the Sydney rock orchids were spectacular!
this display gets better every year as the orchids settle in with the stones
the cactus garden is a fabulous example of 60’s garden design influenced by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx
when I worked as a gardener back in the early 90’s we wore elbow length leather gauntlets to weed these beds
Uncarina grandidieri just starting to get it’s new leaves with the ever growing skyscrapers getting taller and taller by the year

dreaming of Blue Tibetan Poppies

Posted: June 17, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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My friend Pete Webb plant guru extraordinaire sent this magical photo and wrote these poetic words feeding my dream of growing the beautiful but notoriously temperamental Blue Tibetan Poppies when we move to the Blue Mountains…
Meconopsis I saw in the mountains of Tibet. I asked the spirits to lead me to them in my walks in the mountains and they are not a deception and all of the enchantment you may already feel in your body. Each one a little different from the other. The same blue, yet having said that, you as an artist know that blue is never the same; some always escapes to the sky.
In Tibet it is so incredible as there are basically no trees and you feel the sky touch the earth. Where Meconopsis grow, at least the last ones I saw, you/we are actually sandwiched between sky and earth as there is less oxygen and you have to go slow or spin out with a terrible thumping headache.
But yes, find a happy lineage to get seed from and put the seed in the refrigerator. Tell them some cold weather stories when you sow them and then sneak out to see them when they are in flower. They are fugitives like blue.
Thanks for being you
Love Pete
PS. The first one I saw; the last ones I can’t find the photos at the moment but I will. Just to wet your whistle. They are more robust at times. Here with some Artemisias and a Larkspur”

“Earth laughs in flowers”

Posted: March 17, 2020 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time
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Monstera deliciosa
“Earth laughs in flowers”
photos taken by Old Man Crow in one of our favourite gardens