While at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, I sold the necklace I was wearing. It was blue dichroic glass with a dragonfly. I decided to create a new pendant. Cut out dichroic glass. Cut out clear glass a little bit bigger than the dichroic glass.
This is the glass cutter I use in the studio. Ray uses the same cutter in a different color. We do not use oil in the cutter.
I use a sheet of copper that is made for fusing in glass. I punch out the dragonflies from the copper.
Using just a little glastac gel, I glue the dragonfly to the glass. I also use the gel to glue the clear glass to the dichroic glass. I let them sit for a bit.
Our grandson Ingram happened to be in the studio. He created his own pieces of glass using glass scraps. He has decided that he will make pendants out of his pieces.
The kiln is heating up. The pieces will be ready tomorrow to create jewelry.
Geraniums blooming among the columbine in the front of the house under a very large tulip poplar.
On a warm day in February, I scattered some poppy seeds. I carefully covered them with soil and waited. This is the first of several poppies that made their way into the gardens.
Last year, I began growing flowers from seeds in the greenhouse. The snapdragons grew so well last year. Early spring, I cut them back. They have been blooming most of the spring. These were the only variegated blooms.
Just a few of the snapdragons blooming with one foxglove. Iris leaves stand behind stately.
About six or so years ago, I bought this bush at Lowe's on clearance. It gets larger every year!
These are Ray's blueberries. He planted them. He weeds and mulches all the blueberry plants. This plant gives us lots of berries each year. We net the berry bushes when they begin to turn blue. If we didn't the birds would not leave us one berry.
These sun drops have traveled with me for over 35 years moving from house to home. These are the first to bloom. Easy to transplant and quick to spread.
A few of the coreopsis which are scattered throughout the gardens. Behind them is the leaf of three let it be. Will be getting rid of that after the rains...
This primrose does not spread like the sun drops but is in the same family.
Right outside the door of the green house is a cluster of sweet william and pinks.
I grew this butterfly weed, a member of the milkweed family from seed last year. There are now over a dozen milkweed plants throughout the gardens. The newest addition is from the Asheville Botanical Gardens spring sale. No flowers on that one yet...
Not sure of the name of this, think veronica? It is a very sweet little flower that grows on a very long stem.
Nestled in among the plants near a butterfly bush is a foxglove. Last year I scattered seeds after a foxglove had bloomed. Several of these are coming up in interesting places.
Angelica among the ferns is a plant that is very invasive. If you have just one tiny bit of a root attached to another plant, it will multiply. It self sows itself and also grows on runners. Deer do not eat the angelica or it would not be spreading into the woods.
Some of the late blooming daffodils blooming in the yard which is a direct result of planting them in January. While all the early ones have faded, these are just blooming.
Each year the Asheville Botanical Gardens has a spring and fall sale. I purchased this woody poppy at the fall sale two years ago. It has spread and has two baby poppies.
The inner cup is bright yellow and the outer is a very pale lemon yellow.
These are wild daisies that bloom in one section of the yard. They cover the hill and bloom right after the wild grape hyacinths. The bright yellow flower is a wild strawberry which are everywhere!
This was the only flowering shrub that was planted in the yard before we moved it. The lilac now has four other lilacs nearby to keep her company.
These actually bloom two to three flowers on one stem.
This daffodil has a very pale pink inner cup which due to the bright sunshine is not seen very well in this photograph.
This one has the most amazing smell.
Beware if you purchase this plant. It takes over. A tiny bit of root on the vinca and it seems to enjoy growing no matter where it lands.
These are lily of the valley which I purchased from the Southwest Virginia Museum's annual plant sale coming up on April 22 in Big Stone Gap. They have spread and when I came into the garden the fragrance was really sweet. In the side yard, they have yet to bloom.
Some little pinks blooming outside the greenhouse.
This is where I have been spending a lot of time...in the greenhouse. There are a lot more plants than in this photo. The round leaves belong to nasturtiums.
Primroses from the Museum's annual plant sale.
Wild geranium dug from a friend's garden before she moved away. They are spreading.
The wild violets are all over the yard. I have asked Ray not to cut the yard until they stop blooming. Their are a few white ones with blue stripes. Hope you enjoyed the visit in the garden.