Archive for April 2010

Mosaic in the Studio

We usually have open studio on Fridays,, however that is soon to change to Wednesdays.  We are adjustable to others schedules and love having more folks come play.  My long time friend, Katy, who moved to this area the same month and year I did, has been coming to play in the studio for many years now.  Her current project just got completed today.  We are very excited.   Katy spent a few studios creating hand made tiles to go with her other treasures, such as Newport blue agates, treasures from her trip to Ireland, fossils, silver findings and other really fun stuff.  Here are the before photos.

This is before it was grouted.
A close up of the treasures.
A closeup of the other end.
Finished with dark blue grout.
Katy is now going to install this onto a ready made table which she will probably paint the sage green from the tiles in this mosaic.  It feels so good to get this project completed.  It's been being created for a good long while.  

Seal Rock, Oregon Seal Rock, USA
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It Works--the Rain Garden

A few years back, Gale and I pulled up the large round gutter pipe that was buried in our back yard.  We wanted the rain water from the gutters to filter through a "rain garden" instead of just quickly going through the pipe and ending up in a puddle at the back of the yard.  
It's a little hard to see if this idea works as I must go out in a downpour to investigate it's flow.  Well, today I put on the rain slicker and took some photos and it turns out it works very well.  
The photo below is where the gutter drain from all our buildings (house, breezeway, studio, tool/garden shed) exits.  The deluge had just stopped as I ran for the camera,, but there is still water to show how it worked.

The rain water then goes to the back of the RV pad and into an underground pipe for 5-7 feet.  This is where the moles have decided to do some reconstruction to the Rain Garden--very frustrating for us.

The water then pops out next to the island and continues down the "dry river bed".
Next is where it goes into another "tube" and goes to the back of the property to drain.

The river bed has tumbled glass, sea glass and agates as accents to the "look".  I am sure the moles appreciate the aesthetics of the total look ;-)))
In June the OSU folks are offering a Rain Garden seminar and I will be attending to glean any new wonderful bits of information--especially how to circumvent the mole activity!
BTW--the glass structures seen in these last two photos are of some yard art we created from some failed sun room windows given to us.  There are 4 windows in the yard, similarly created.  Makes a nice view. 

Seal Rock, Oregon Seal Rock, USA
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Spring Garden

It has been a gorgeous few weeks at the Central Oregon Coast-Seal Rock. We have been busy doing 2 years worth of cleanup and rearranging of garden spaces.  Last year went to studies for the Master Gardener Program and now I can put to use all that knowledge and great resource information. 

We have 4 raised beds-2 for daffies/dahlias and two that started out being "baby starter" beds several years ago.  The beds are wood planks  from the Ona Beach Bridge that were being thrown away.  Most of this yard is scavenged re-purposed  materials.  

This is the before "redo".  Somehow beach plants had gotten into the bed and choked out the Smoke bush, Dogwood and all the asters and other butterfly attractors.
Here is the bed after we pulled everything out, amended the soil and put most of the good stuff back in.  It is a very happy bed. 
This is a photo of the other bed after we replanted.  I happen to know there is a snake that lives under the driftwood just to the right a bit ;-))  The bed has a beautiful Clematis on the left side end, a Hydrangea, 3 Fuchsia bushes and other sweet little butterfly attractors.  On the right side end we have another Clematis and two small passion flower vines that are sort of limping along--soon to move to a more wonderful spot in the yard.  The front of this bed has succulents and lilies.  Lots of shells, tumbled rocks, agates and fossils adorn the spaces.  Happy gardening.  More to come.

This was a major task and it feels so good to have it done, so we can enjoy our efforts all year.  Bark chips will keep those weeds to a minimum for sure. 

Seal Rock, Oregon Seal Rock, USA
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