Garden variety floral art
This Urn of Petunias is of the gorgeous old cast iron variety. After my husband bought it, he had it sand blasted and painted in a body shop. That was expensive, even more so than purchasing the urn in first place. This painting holds a bit of sadness for me. You see, the photograph I was working from for my reverse painting on glass was one that I had shot after coming home from my brother-in-law’s funeral. It was a rainy day, and life had been better. But these things pass, and life does get better again.
My mother always had an old cast iron urn to plant her geraniums in every year. I plant geraniums now, too, but that was the year I had an urn of petunias. After several moves in life, my mother’s urn in the garden was a reproduction. Quite the downgrade for antique dealers after 60 plus years in the business. I never noticed the urn had been replaced with a new one until the day it had been stolen from her yard. This was right before a huge antique show.
I was visibly upset about her urn being stolen, but in her infinite wisdom of over 90 years, she just smiled and said that she hoped they had to move that heavy reproduction a lot of times before it sold .
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This garden variety floral art piece is painted in an old window sash, measuring 23″ x 28″, with a varnish finish over the original worn paint. It was done in such a manner to remind us that beauty can still be found in unlikely places. These blooming buds may at times be found in the flower bed belonging to a withered old lady, or equally as likely in a lovely park.
Being very fond of flora and fauna, I have my own flower beds to tend to when the season for it arrives. When I was younger, I was a little carried away with them, and did end up removing some further away from the house. but life has a way of moving on, and I began working full time. They were just too difficult to get to on a regular basis. My daughters have made donations to the cause over time, and I always look forward to new additions. Those that my daughters bring seem to fare better than any I have bought in the past. The purple flower blooms are great, but the ones I am looking forward to this year are the bleeding hearts in a bright red. Unless there was winter kill, I look forward to three plants.
One day while baby sitting for a friend, the six year old girl began picking small weeds out of my gardens. I watched for a few minutes without commenting. I then asked, “How did you know which ones to pick out?” She replied “My grandfather taught me which ones are the weeds.” What a charming young lady, and a wonderful grandpa!
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Birds and Blooms are a favorite subject for so many people. The market for wild bird seed and feeders in the United States alone is astronomical. I love to watch the wild birds in their natural habitat or when they come because food was put out for them.
Always having been a country girl, Birds and Blooms seemed to be a part of life from the beginning. My mother loved to see them too. When it came to the blooms, it was all about waiting for the flower to open.
We actually had a class in grade school years ago when these things were important. Each student chose a species of bird to study. There were reports to be done about natural habitat, the diet of each of the avian art in question, and any other information pertinent to the specie we chose.
My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Van Dreiser encouraged each of us to feed the birds.
I saved bacon and sausage drippings in paper cups, putting a string in while it was liquid so when it set there was a built in hanger for it. I even got a little creative by adding bird seed before it solidified.
There were no holds barred when it came to getting a close look at these beautiful wild birds and blooms!
Not only do I love spending my time painting on glass, but I also like to work in my flower beds each year. Now that I am getting older, I have had to cut out a few of the flower gardens, and let them return to lawn. That part was hateful, but necessary in order to keep my back from going into muscle spasms.
But when it’s all said and done, it’s about getting the blooms you enjoy the most. Our driveway is over 100 feet long, and after it was black topped, I decided to have over 12″ on each side full of flowers. I’ll be the first to tell you it’s a lot of work, but so rewarding!
There is still a beautiful old lilac bush where my flower bed on the west side of the property is. And the daffodils still come up around it every year. It’s hard to discourage a daffodil once they get an idea going on. Who would want to anyway? Such pretty blooms!
My husband’s favorites in the flower beds though are the volunteer tomato plants that have come up every year. Useful, too!