Wednesday, May 14, 2008

gratuitous beauty

Another stroll around the garden last evening led to the following photographs. I love iris. My MIL grew up calling them "flags".


We got these iris rhizomes from a neighbor whose plants had become very overgrown. It has taken about three years to get this well established, but they're certainly producing now.


I love this bronzy-gold colored specimen.


A couple more things from the VAAM Gallery exhibit, both by my extremely talented friend Michaela. I love these whimsical chickens.

Michaela, in addition to being a wonderful painter and potter, does the most wonderful busts, usually of people in the local community. She has even done one of me! This is Harold, who has been instrumental in the restoration of the McPherson Opera House which houses the VAAM Gallery among other things. It is an extremely good likeness.




And this is another of my garden swap items, a little banner. I'm having fun with this and the first items should go in the post later this week.


Have a super Wednesday, everybody.





13 comments:

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

WOW!! Those irises are amazing! Those few photos look like a shoot from a gardening magazine. Stunning!

CG said...

What gorgeous iris. And your friend's busts are amazing (LOL that sounds like I'm admiring her chest!) Do we get to see the one she did of you?

Lesley said...

Those are stunning irises - what beautiful colours!
The gallery work is wonderful - I love your friend's work and those handmade books from your earlier post are beautiful :)

xx

Julie said...

I am drooling here! I love, love, love irises! They are so delicate and so many fantastic colours! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden....no wonder you chose garden for the swap. I've started my piece but I'll be a while.

Julie said...

Ooh, I forgot to say, the bust is amazing, very lifelike.

Yummers! said...

The iris are lovely... beautiful!! Great photography.

The bust is so wel-done. I thought it was a an sitting behind a counter in the museum.
Joni

Angie said...

thanks for coming by my blog. I've seen your name at Kate's blog, and I believe a few others. . .so it was really COOL to see you in my "little" world.

Your photography is gorgeous. And, I too, love the lifelike bust in the gallery. WOW!

Viv's Visuals said...

What a pleasure it is to look at your blog! The photos are stunning and as for the china in the gallery...how beautiful. You have brightened up my day. xx

Aussie Jo said...

Great irises Susan, I love the colours. I received a sack load from my SIL but they are all purple. And the chooks are adorable.Definitely chickens with personality.

Kate said...

Love your friend's art. Fab. (I have a soft spot for chickens, too!) And I'm working on my piece, promise!! xx

Maureen said...

I really covet that pink Iris, mine are all purple shades and also I call them flags. That bust is amazing, I thought it was a photo until I scrolled down further.

Gail V said...

I love your irises. Do you have something else planted in their bed that blooms later after the irises are finished? My climbing and rambling roses have been amazing this year.
I really love those whimsical chickens! And I, too, thought the bust was a photo at first! What talent you have at that gallery!!

mrsnesbitt said...

I just loved the blue fence. Would you believe ours has just been replaced and will be painted blue. What an inspiration!
Thanks for the comment re my daily doings...life is never dull in the nesbitt household! LOL!