Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rain and Flowers



I have been enjoying these days of sunny mornings and rainshowers by late afternoon. The garden is growing lush and happy! The last few days have been fun. I went to Vivi's classroom to make pounded flower prints with the children. They turned out lovely. The very best of the flowers that we tried were the pansy, marigold and lobelia. We also used stamping ink and added some leaf prints from strawberry leaves, rosemary and thyme. It was such fun that I made some cards of my own today. I also had the honor of attending a wildlife field trip with the Kindergarten class and helped to add more plants to the school garden with Mia's third grade. Today we added a tomato start, basil, marigolds, zucchini and nasturtium. Their carrots, peas and radishes are coming up nicely. This is the first gardening experience for some of the children, and I am so grateful to be there to show them what wonders are to be discovered.











A book that looks like a very useful resource for future projects is called The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers.









This morning we spotted these in the drive. And then went to the arboretum and saw the print of the raccoon (lower left)- looks like a match to me. the kids thought they looked like oppossum. I love the mysterious nature of footprints. Who was this critter and what was (s)he doing in the wee hours of the night?




what mysteries of nature have you enjoyed lately?


11 comments:

Tan Family said...

I love the pounded flower prints! Wonderful idea. Are those pitcher plants (carnivorous) in the one picture? I haven't seen those in person. IDing footprints is always fun!

C.T. said...

It's always such a delight to read your post / blog! Thank you thank you thank you.

No mysteries of nature here - sorry - we are in the middle of moving, so the only mysterie for me right now is whether the Italian house painters will be ready in time!!

Have a nice weekend, Carmela.

jane said...

What a happy post! Love the first photo! Happy weekend!

Linda said...

This is so beautiful! I love the flower prints! I will definately try that next week with my little ones. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit....

Erin said...

Nice post ... I love that first picture as well. My daughter really likes that little umbrella. She's fascinated with umbrellas lately. Thanks for the smiles!

onegoldensun said...

Thank you for the comments.
Jennifer, the plant is a carniverous pitcher plant at the Arboretum. Vivienne was fascinated by it!
Best wishes on your move, Carmela!

Jen said...

Beautiful post! Am excited to try the pounded flowers prints with the rounded corners - very enchanting!

Liza Jane said...

what fantastic pictures! thank you for the inspiration!!

xo
http://ohlizajane.blogspot.com/

Jenell said...

The colors and patterns turned out so bright and springtime-y! What a good way to use blooms that are starting to wilt, too.

Thanks for the springtime sharing.

dottyspots said...

The flower prints are such a lovely idea :0)

Leanne said...

Oh wonderful...love the flower prints..they came out so clearly didn't they!