I was sent 'The Crafted Garden' written by Louse Curley to review and right off I liked the appealing cover. The book contains some great crafts inspired by nature as promised and if you're like me and collect things from the garden for decor or crafts, you'll enjoy this book.
There are project lists with instructions and suggestions on where to find some of the items. From a simple autumn leaf bunting to a stylish twig floral frame and a hessian plant pouch, there are crafts for every level of experience.
The plant pouch (bottom left) is created by a form of bonsai known as kokedama that utilizes a moss ball. An intriguing form of Japanese culture and easy to put together.
The projects are divided by the categories of the four seasons so that one can always be creating something out of doors or inside.
The end of the book shows how to frost leaves and berries for winter arrangements! Photography is by Jason Ingram and often above the hands of Curley illustrating a craft.
'The Crafted Garden' would make an excellent Christmas gift for the gardener on your list.
A couple of weeks ago we came home to this. The glass in our deck table shattered in the heat and there are still small shards in the garden below.
The colchicums (autumn crocus or bare naked ladies) are popping up in all the gardens. In the spring the bulbs send up green strappy leaves that die down along with the tulips and then the bare flowers push through the soil in late September. On the right is Cimicifuga simplex (bugbane) that is flowering in the back and scenting the whole yard with a smell of grape crush. The bees and other insects love these bottlebrush flowers.
Yesterday a group of us from my garden club gathered for a pot luck luncheon to celebrate friend Johanna's 90th birthday. A party crasher tried to take over the couch beside me on the screened porch where sunbeams danced on his head.
Time to pull out the autumn teacups I bought last year and nibble a pumpkin tart while I browse through The Crafted Garden again and mark a few pages with special projects.I'm linking with Amy's Five on Friday.