Steider Studios:  Daffodil

My studio sale is over for another year, and my attention turns to my garden.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Rip Van Winkle

My daffodils are blooming like crazy, just in time for Earth Day – Spring is my favorite time of year!

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Trio

I feel revitalized, energized and I fly out of bed each morning to see what’s new.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil.1

Right now a new daffodil opens each morning!  Beautiful colorful sunny daffodils.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 2

I love variety – color, size, plain and fancy; and a variety of bloom times.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 3

Daffodils emerge from a bulb, and are also called narcissus and jonquils.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Group

As you can see I have a lovely collection.  These are just my early varieties.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 5

Other spring bulbs are also blooming – fritillarias, hyacinths, and more.  A few of my early tulips are showing color but not open yet.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Duo

Today I’ll just show you daffodils.  When my daffodil clumps are large enough I divide them and plant them in empty spaces throughout my garden.

Steider Studios  White Daffodil

I don’t always wait until they die off.  I’ve moved them while blooming so I know what variety I’m planting and can see where they belong!

Steider Studios:  Butterfly Daffodil

Large and small, tall and short.  Multi-stemmed and regal tall singles.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil

I love them all and when I see them smiling like this, I smile back!

Steider Studios:  Butterfly Daffodil

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

 

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Unofficial Spring

March 12, 2014

Steider Studios.February Daphne

Officially we have about a week before Spring and my garden is budding with color.  Most of my garden is still underground but the sun has been out the last few days inviting my spring plants to wake up.  And inviting me outside to play.  I’m calling it unofficially spring!!

Steider Studios.Iris Reticulata

I’ve been buried in my studio in spite of the gorgeous weather lately because my annual studio sale is just around the corner and I still have much to prepare for it.  I’ve opened my studio for the last 15 years or so, and joined the Gorge Artists Open Studios 4 years ago.  Now I’m down to the wire with only a month left to finish all the work I’d planned and clean up my garden because people like to walk through it while they’re here.

Steider Studios.Crocus in Bulb Bed

After a long studio day I managed to get a couple hours of clean up done outside late this afternoon.   I could no longer walk by the debris of fallen limbs and branches from winter snow and ice.  I managed to get quite a bit raked up in a short amount of time.  Of course it’s not picked up, just raked into piles along my paths.

Steider Studios.Manzanita

I decided to trim and weed as I raked each section so that I could slowly acclimate to all those tasks that my back hasn’t done all winter.  It felt wonderful sitting in the warm sun, listening to the birds sing as I cleaned up each bed and pulled dead leaves away from tender shoots sprouting up.

Steider Studios.Viburnum.Pink Dawn

I’m grateful to have been outside.  In the sun.  I’m grateful to have only had a couple of hours because my back was not ready to work that hard.  My plan for tomorrow is to repeat today.  Maybe not as long.  Or maybe I’ll just sit and enjoy the sun and birds a little longer.

Steider Studios.White Primrose

If you’re in the Northwest, I’d love to have you stop by my studio sale to see what I do.  In my studio and in my garden.  April 11, 12 & 13.  You can send me a message here or via email if you’d like directions.

Steider Studios.Deer in Garden 3.11.14

Our resident deer are also happy to see the sun, and my plants popping out of the ground.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Blooming in the Garden Today

Earlier this month I was photographing my garden and planning blog posts.  Then one of my favorite friends was in a horrific accident and all my attention went to her:  http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2013/jul/13/local-artist-hospitalized-after-motorcycle-acciden/   We had just finished a meeting for an August art show and as we stood on the corner chatting afterwards, I remember thinking how cute Kathy looked in her motorcycle leathers & helmet.  Everything changed less than an hour later.

Black Eyed Susan

Her friend Dana set up a calendar of tasks for friends to help with, like feeding her cats and watering her garden.  Once a week I water her garden and pet her cats, filling up the food bowl if it’s empty.  I gathered some photos of our mutual friends to paste on her hospital wall so no matter where she looks, she’ll see someone who loves her. It doesn’t feel like enough.  Kathy has many friends that are thinking of ways to help, to show our love and support.  Along with many other artists, I’m donating my work for upcoming fundraisers and I don’t know if that’ll be enough.

Coneflower

I decided to give 20% of my sales towards Kathy’s fund. If you’ve been thinking about buying a gift of glass, garden art, or something for your home; notecards or photograph prints on metal or canvas, you’ll also be contributing to Kathy’s fund and I thank you in advance!  http://www.zibbet.com/SteiderStudios  No, this is not a plug to get you to buy something….I’m simply looking at any possible way to help my friend & her family.

Hydrangea

Kathy is one of those people who everyone loves. She’s full of life, energy and effervescence. She sits on many committees with me and keeps a beautiful garden as you can see in these photos. I’ve been her student & she’s been mine. She is a sports enthusiast, skiing and snowboarding during winter months & windsurfing in summer.  I could go on and on about her but I think you get the idea. She smiles at everyone and they can’t help but smile back. She radiates positive energy.

phlox

It was my honor to spend a day with her in the hospital, tending to things staff has little or no time for.  Misting her face, helping her eat, holding her hand, turning her fan, getting more ice…anything she asked of me I did.  It was one of the hardest days I’ve ever spent because of the circumstance, yet I witnessed her joyful spirit courageously fighting.

I already adored her husband, but I have renewed admiration for him in watching how he lovingly tends her.

If you can send a prayer or positive energy with healthy vibes, they’d be appreciated.

If you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, watch for announcements of opportunities to help.

Loosestrife

I don’t know when Kathy will be back in her lovely garden, but perhaps the best way to show support later will be to purchase her enamel jewelry, wall art and switch plates.  I’ll post a link to her on-line shop when she’s ready to return to work.  In the meantime, if you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, you can purchase her jewelry now at Columbia Arts in Hood River.  She’s also one of the featured artists for First Friday in August with her enamel wall hangings.  The show, ‘A Glass Act’ runs through the end of August, so you’ll have all of August to look for Kathy’s work!

Steider Studios:  Jack in the Pulpit

I gasped when I noticed these flowers blooming!  I’ve tried growing Jack in the Pulpit (also called Cobra Lily) for close to ten years and now I have three blooming!

Steider Studios:  Another Jack

I’ve had Arisaema candidissimum and Arisaema sikokianum bloom then disappear.  These Jacks have leafed out each year but never bloomed.  I’m not sure which variety they are because I’ve tried so many, but I think they’re Arisaema heterophyllum.

Steider Studios:  Jack in the Pulpit Again

Each is blooming in a different part of my garden – my test to see which is the best spot for them before I buy more.

Steider Studios:  PouchFlowers

I have yellow Pouch Flowers blooming!  Love these sweet pockets of color.  I still need to find the red variety.

Steider Studios:  Golden Yellow Geum

My geum is at the tail end of its blooming cycle.  Another plant with a red variety I want!

Steider Studios:  Yellow Tree Peony

My yellow tree peonie has two blooms this year, but the lavender variety hasn’t developed blooms yet.  I think I have it in the wrong place with not enough sun.  I’ve heard they don’t like being moved, so maybe I can limb up surrounding trees for it.

Steider Studios:  Red Peony

I love this red peony – blooms are covering the foliage this year.  My pink peonies are about to burst open.

Steider Studios:  Sparrow

As I wander my way through the garden I am serenaded by this sweet Sparrow and a plethera of other song birds.  By planting natural habitat for birds I’ve created a safe zone for them and a sanctuary for me.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee with Worm

I try to not disturb the chickadee bringing treats for her babes.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee flying from house

And I try to capture her in flight to no avail.  So far.

Steider Studios:  Rufous Hummer in Flight

Our hummingbirds must be nesting because they’re no longer fighting over the feeders.

Steider Studios:  Raven in Trees

Ravens are back in full force, attacking my compost pile with gusto.

Steider Studios:  Cowbird

Alas, the cowbirds are also back!

Steider Studios:  Blue Butterfly on Pink Flower

Other critters I love to capture are butterflies.  I stopped using toxic poisons (weed and bug killers) in my garden more than a decade ago and love how these flying flowers have increased over the years.

Steider Studios:  Moth Approaching Pink Flower

I especially love when I can capture them in flight!  I grow a lot of plants that encourage them to stay in my Columbia River Gorge garden.

Steider Studios:  Profile of a Swallowtail on a Wild Lily

Read this link from Organic Gardening for more information about attracting butterflies to your garden.

Steider Studios:  Swallowtail Butterfly on a Wild Lily Flower

Swallowtails are probably the largest butterfly I welcome back each year.

Steider Studios:  Bee on Rhodie

I am noticing many different types of bees pollinating my flowers, fruits and veggie plants.

Steider Studios:  Ladybug

As I pulled weeds and excess plants I gently moved ladybugs to new homes.

Steider Studios:  Gas Plant

My Gas Plant is one I look forward to each year.

Steider Studios:  Red Double Columbine

As is this Columbine.  I haven’t posted in so long, I fear I’ll bore you with too many photos, so will end here.

If you’d like an alternative to commercial weed killers, try this recipe, it works:  1 gallon apple cider vinegar, 1 cup salt, 1 teaspoon detergent.  Mix and spray on weeds.

Thanks for stopping by!

Steider Studios - Spotless Bambi in Garden

Enjoying my morning coffee, I was startled to see a herd of deer snacking their way through my garden.  Before I chased them out, I snapped a couple of photos.

Tomorrow I’ll  set up the last art show of my spring season (see previous post!) so today I have to pack and load my car.  I hope to catch you up with notes from my garden next week.  If I can clear out the weeds, it looks like a spectacular garden season emerging!

Thanks for stopping by … if you are near Portland Oregon this weekend, stop by the Columbia Gorge Art Festival at the Corbett Grade School & tell me you follow my garden blog!!

Full Moon Rising

December 28, 2012

Steider Studios:  Full Moon 12.27.12

The last full moon of 2012 appeared tonight above my front porch.  I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera.

Steider Studios:  Full Moon 2, 12.27.12

100 photos later, these are my favorites taken with my Nikon D5100.  I wanted to compare these to my old camera, but by the time I recharged the battery from lack of use we had cloud cover.

Thanks for stopping by & Happy New Year!

Chickadee on my glass birdbath, looks like I’d better fill it.

Skipper Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis.  I love the detail my new camera captures.

Pink Gaura is a favorite in my garden.

Red Breasted Nuthatch in my weeping cherry tree.

Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly drinking from an aster.  I’m learning about butterfly species!

Pink Hydrangea – it’s my only hydrangea blooming at the moment.

Rufous Sided Towhee perched on a sprinkler head as I stalked him.

Bumblebee imbibing in a sunflower.

I love this single rose – surprising since I usually go for the big fluffy varieties.

Looks like it’s time for a Liquid Fence application.  Before my pears are completely harvested by deer.

Checkerspot butterfly(?) drinking from a lavender aster.

My blue Veronica blooms earlier, then comes a paler pink and finally this beautiful ‘red’.

Steller’s Jay kicking fir cones.

Painted Lady Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis looks like a lollypop!

And a sunny Sunflower just makes me happy.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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