Can you imagine the painstakingly meticulous work involved in making a path like this? Neither can I.
Check this pattern for a knit beet by Berroco. I love the leaf veining and frilled edges. What I would actually do with a knit beet beyond have it sit on my desk looking pretty is beyond me, but so what. It’s a beet! Made of yarn!
I’m imagining leaves knit in shades of burgundy to resemble my favourite beet variety, ‘Bull’s Blood.’ Or a beet in stripes of white and red as an interpretation of the Chioggia‘. No one has to know the ‘Chioggia’ is solid red on the outside. It’s art!
I took this photo just over a year ago on a visit to the Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. It’s a beautiful and inspiring garden. I recommend a visit if you happen to find yourself in Portland.
I am hoping to see some massive holly trees in Vancouver next week. On my side of the country holly is never more than a small bush, but on the west coast, by golly it is a monster! I had to do a double take the first time I saw one. “Is that? No!”
Who doesn’t love a good mail day? You know, the kind with items in the mailbox that aren’t bills or the junk coupons and flyers that keep showing up despite the careful note explaining that, “Seriously. For real. We REALLY don’t want that crap delivered to our door.”
I received seed catalogues from two companies that are new to me, “Terra Edibles” and “Bountiful Gardens.” Sorry but no recommendations as-of-yet. I have already indulged in some light browsing but without the aid of a pen or highlighter I am blanking on the plants that jumped out at me.
Neither catalogue has photos which can be a bit of a pain for those like myself who are visually oriented, however newsprint catalogues are probably better for the environment. And I understand that many very good seed companies are also very small and do not have the budget to do fancy full-colour photo catalogues. As an aside, I was extra impressed by Bountiful Gardens who mailed my catalogue in a previously used envelope and included a hand signed thank you on the order form. I always try to do this on the orders I send out to customers as a way to let them know a human packed their order with care, so it was interesting to find myself on the other side and feeling impressed by it. Turns out it does make a difference.
The final and most exciting portion of my mail haul is the book, “The One Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka. I have been trying to acquire all of his books for a while now but they all seem to be out of print and are often listed used at insane prices. When I saw this used copy reasonably priced at $10 US I jumped on it. This book is an introduction to his “do-nothing” farming philosophy and practice as well as a memoir-of-sorts describing how he formed his ideas and techniques. I can’t wait to get down to reading it.
The book I really want is The Natural Way of Farming but it often starts at $100. GAH!
I’ll be heading your way next week to do a garden craft segment on the new HGTV craft show “She’s Crafty.” I was able to have dinner with a bunch of You Grow Girl readers and members last time I was in Vancouver 2 years ago so I thought it would be good to do the same this time around, albeit a little less formal.
- When: Tues. Feb 5, 2008.
Where: Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway, Vancouver (Main and Broadway area)
I’m trying to make this as informal and easy as possible. Basically, how this is going to work is that I plan to hang out in the cafe for 2 hours drinking delicious coffee and eating snacks (so that all the caffeine doesn’t make me jittery and nuts). Stop by for five minutes or come for the duration. It’s your call. Bring any seeds you’d like to trade!
Envelopes filled with cash money will also be accepted.
The exciting thing about traveling within my own country, besides the fact that it is my duty as a Canadian or some such, AND besides NOT having to stand in a grueling customs line at the airport explaining my reason for travel blah blah blah, is that I can bring seeds on the plane with me to trade AND I can bring some home too. It’s probably a good thing (both in terms of protecting our planet’s ecology and my wallet) that I am legally forced to enact a Look, Don’t Touch and Definitely No Bringing Anything Back policy when I travel into the U.S, but all of that withholding sure is painful. Anyways, all of this to say Bring Your Extra Seeds!!
See you next week.