I have so many links and interesting things that I have discovered while researching and writing my book that I can’t wait to share. My biggest fear is that I will never remember them all — in fact I have already forgotten so many. I really don’t want to forget this one, so this is just a quick post before I head back to book finishing land.
What do you think this might be a picture of? It is part of the botany collection a the university of Amsterdam. It is titled ‘Schemavoorbepalingbedekkingsgraad” which translates to ‘Schedule for Determining Coverage’. I deduce it to be a planting plan.
I adore this kind of thing. I want to print it out and hang it on my wall. I think it is charming and interesting as a work of art, but knowing that it is a planting plan as well really makes me smile. I wonder what plants this represents? And are the choices in color and symbol shape related to the plants or completely abstract? I think the questions make it even more interesting.
I used to take great pride in my planting plans ( I haven’t done one in a while). They were full color affairs with beautiful photographic images representing all the chosen plants so that the clients could get a great sense of what they were getting. The printing costs where ridiculous. These days, I think I would want to make something more like this. Sure, it’s not as descriptive, but I find it much more satisfying…so maybe not for clients…but just for me.
image from the botany collection at the University of Amsterdam.
You can download a copy for yourself at the The memory of the Netherlands
I discovered this morning that the entire Gottorfer Codex (danish: Gottorpsk Codex) is available on issuu. The Gottorfer Codex is a beautiful collection of gouache paintings on vellum depicting the flowers in the garden of Gottorf Castle (Schloss Gottorf) which is in Northern Germany near the Danish border.
The duplicates of the original images (which were all created between 1649 and 1659) are in the public domain and some of them are even available at very hi resolution (here) so you can download them to use as you wish.
These are a few of my favorites…I think at least I will put them in my rotation of screensavers and I am pondering other ways to play with them. Of course anyone can print and frame them, but I have been wanting to play with collage…any have any other ideas?
I am hunting for a technique whereby I might be able to create my own version of this image. I simply love the idea of contemporary art in the garden but hate the idea of mold and mildew destroying something I cherish.
Have you ever had the notion to put a painting or other similar art in the garden? And if you have or did — techically speaking – how did you pull it off? I’d really like to hear about successes and failures.
image via espacio vita
I’m off for the weekend – literally – catching a flight in the morning for Richmond, VA. I’ll be spending some sweet time with friends as we gather to catch up on our personal celebrations (big birthdays, big moves, big changes, big accomplishments).
I can’t wait!
But before I go — I’ve got a little irreverence for you. Gnomes – you might think they are tacky (I have certainly thought that myself) but these stylish versions all make me smile and I would be happy to give them a home. I even threw in an extra one.
1. Ceramic Gnomes from Potted
2. Glazed Dijon Gnome from Urban Barn
3. Modern Gnomes from Gardens2You
4. Gnome Glow Lamp from Urban Barn
5. Bees Wax Gnome Candle from Atomic Garden Oakland
6. Wire Gnome from CB2
There is little doubt in my mind that these new sculptures in New Orleans by artist Douglas Kornfeld will save lives. Each denotes an evacuation gathering place for anyone who needs to get out quick. You can see the old FEMA/ CDC versions of meeting point signs below. I can see how that didn’t really work so well…
Photos by James Shaw and Evacuteer.org. Found via Anya Kamenetz‘s article on Fast Company.
My husband never fails to point out how much he loves the handful of small stone houses that are scattered hills around where we live. I have to admit, there is something especially charming and loveable about old stone homes….the type that seem like Hagrid might have just moved out of.
We are not moving…the general tininess would never fit our family and I am sure the floors are painfully cold. But Michael Stephens makes the kind of stone house that carries with them all the charm and romance but none of the practical downsides. And they are perfect for your garden. Fairies can move in, or perhaps a bird but I think that if you have a stone house loving dad in your life, this is a sweet gift.
Available through Michael’s Etsy Shop – Stonework by Stephens.
images Stonework by Stephens