Monday, May 10, 2010

Anemones in Red

"Anemone" is one of my favorite words to say ("uh-nem-uh-nee") — however the name of this flower is often said and spelled incorrectly. It's also the name of a marine animal, the sea anemone.

In December I planted anemone bulbs in my front garden. I cut out the picture of what they are to look like, placing it on the refrigerator with the school photos and basketball schedule.

Now that they've grown, they look more lush and vibrant than I had imagined. I really like the dark center of the flower and the shape of its leaves. I love how it opens and closes with the daylight and how it chases the sun.

Unfortunately the aggressive and fearless deer enjoy the anemone's flavor, and — much to my dismay — I noticed many stems missing their flower heads one morning during my routine early-morning stroll through the gardens, with my steaming coffee in one hand and deer spray in the other.

Fortunately this destruction occurred early on, prior to most of the anemones' blooming. And it motivated me to make that day the day to documented the flower, before the deer could strike again. So later that day I set aside some time to draw and photograph it — and I am now stitching 50 felt patches to go on the covers of a special order of felt patch photograph albums.

The garden provides endless inspiration for me — and, apparently, the deer.

~ Kata Golda

Look for Kata Golda's items at two RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR events this summer:

JULY 24-25, 2010 :: LOS ANGELES

JULY 31– August 1, 2010 :: SAN FRANCISCO

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