There’s a lot to smile about right now, that’s for sure. It’s not often that I have enough flowers in mid-March for a Bloom Day post. Our weather has been so freakishly warm–more like May or June than March–that new things are coming into bloom daily, and some of the earliest bulbs are almost finished now.
A couple of the earliest wildflowers are opening now too.
A few more shrubs and trees have gotten an early start.
And, of course, it’s hellebore season!
With all of these flowers springing up all over the place, I couldn’t resist capturing some of them with the plaster casting technique I started using last fall.
Several years ago, I wrote an online article for HGTV on using natural dyes to color fabric. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to try the same materials on eggs, and I finally had the chance last week. Blowing out the eggs was icky (even using some of the veterinary syringes I keep on hand for the boys’ monthly shots), and not all of the dyes worked out as I hoped they would, but I was still very pleased with the results.
I’ll be taking some of the best eggs — along with botanical impression tiles, seeds, felted soaps, alpaca fiber, Hayefield photo notecards, and copies of my new book, The Perennial Matchmaker— to sell at Springfair at Linden Hill Gardens in Ottsville, PA, on Saturday, March 19. There will be a number of vendors too, with all kinds of spring-themed gifts and edible goodies. It’s also Linden Hill’s popular Hellebore Weekend, and they’ll have lots of gorgeous plants for sale. It would be a treat to meet some of you there!
I am passionate about collecting and growing seeds. In the links below, you can find out more about why I started my own one-person seed company and how it works. The library page is a collection of articles I’ve written on seed-related topics.