Monthly Archives: May 2015

Third Time’s the Charm? Another Flower-Themed Post

Dale's roses

I do have it in mind to share a quilt project I’ve been incubating for about eighteen months, but not yet . . . I got distracted by a visit to a very special garden located nearby. A quilter’s garden as a matter of fact! This particular quilter, Dale Fleming, is an incredible textile artist and a rather gifted gardener as well. With our California drought continuing unabated, the thirsty European-style garden is become a scarce commodity, as it should, and Dale is about to transform her plot of dirt into a water-wise landscape. This visit was her last hurrah before she overhauls her plants. (And, wouldn’t you know, we experienced a rare rainy day while we were there.)

Dale's roses 2

Dale's rose 3

Dale's rose 4

Clematis is an usual flower for a California garden, but here various purple varieties glow.

Dale's clematis

Dale's clematis 2

Dale's clematis 4

Dale's clematis 3

The roadside view of the garden is a delight: it is a little wild, meandering, and with a typical Dale touch, inventive with its plant choice and placement. I could see myself whiling away a few hours with a good book and tasty refreshments in her garden retreat.

Dale's garden

Dale's garden 2

These are Nigella–Dale says the seeds are edible, like poppy seeds.

 

Dale's garden 3

Here’s a before/after series of a Knautia blossom. The seeds are tasty fare for chickadees.

 

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The after: the flower in full bloom.

 

Dale's garden 5

I will mourn the passing of Dale’s Euro-style garden, but I suspect her water-wise interpretation will be just as wonderful. It’s no surprise that, for many quilters, their creative lives balance textile love with green thumbs. Dale is clearly one shining example of that sorority. Thanks for the tour!

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