Stratoz took this photo of the hanging basket on our porch. The begonias have a delightful orange ombré effect with the gradation from yellow orange to the darker red orange.
I hankered after Lantana after seeing the flowers at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Stratoz planted one small pot of them this spring, and they have burst forth into a kaleidescope of colors. It’s like watching the sun set, as the colors change from red to orange to pink, a surprise every morning. One plant has spread out to surround my mosaic bowling ball, which makes a fine backdrop to all this orange delight.
My first summer in the studio was a revelation when I looked out the window, and was greeted by the garden. Stratoz is out there right now, attending to the plants. My contribution consists of going to nurseries to choose plants, pulling weeds and being appreciative. Every year we’ve added a few more perennials, and to witness their return the following spring is exciting. A garden is like a mosaic, with all the individual pieces essential to the nature of gardens, giving the eye much delight, as they combine together into the whole.
Beauty, delight, joy. These attributes are what I want to cultivate in my life and my art. Flowers are compelling inspirations with their intense color, and texture from velvet to satin, iridescent or sparkly. My mandalas originate in flowers, and to have my studio as a window onto the world of flowers is more than I ever expected to have.
NOTE: I’ve started taking a photo from the window of my studio weekly and posting it to the Nutmeg Designs Instagram. Watch the Garden of Nutmeg Designs evolve.