Monday, April 26, 2010

Cracking Open the Pods

Cracking open the pods that hold last year's seeds brings such joy!

Not only will these seeds become my favorite climbing vine (the Peruvian Runner Bean, which will summit my arbor by mid-summer), but the dull, crackly, brown casing holds a collection of surprisingly purple seeds with black speckles.

I enjoy this process of drying, collecting, saving, and planting — and, of course, sharing. A few seeds were passed on to me from a friend and now I have so many seeds I don't know what to do with them all. Want some?

In addition to the joy it brings to my garden, the Peruvian Runner Bean has inspired hours of careful visual study, leading to many drawings and a large, stitched piece (32" x 36") that hangs on my wall in my living room.

Thanks, Peruvian Runner Bean. Save seeds!

~ Kata Golda

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Apple Blossoms & Christmas Ornaments

At this time of year, rain or shine, I feel like I act more and reflect less. The garden keeps me very busy every day, nagging me at every empty moment (the best kind of nagging). Rubber boots and dirty knees, I oblige happily!

But in the wee hours of the morning (some orders come in in the middle of the night), I make holiday ornaments — snowmen, gingerbread men, angels, stars, penguins, can be a funny business, always thinking a few seasons ahead, but the garden keeps me in the moment and fully aware that this is the time of blossoms, starts and dandelions.

And really, if I wanted to create a winter scene in the Pacific Northwest during in the springtime, those invasive, pesky holly tree are everywhere, waiting to be accessorized. But for now, I'll choose the newly- blossomed apple trees.

Celebrate Spring!

~ Kata Golda

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