Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Bowl is not Empty!

The Empty Bowls project hosts a sale in Round Rock this year.  For sale are bowls made by area children; the proceeds go to the food pantry.   It's held at a primary school, with pottery demonstrations, music from school groups, and general celebration.

I've been meaning to go for years, and finally made it.  I bought one bowl (it came with a side of soup) that was interesting - kind of flat, metallic gray on the inside, pastel and lumpy on the outside, and with a chip in the rim.  It doesn't photograph well.  But it sits on my coffee table and reminds me that I have food to eat whenever I want.  Food of my own choosing. Nutritious food or frivolous food.

I also bid on a little heart shaped red bowl at the silent auction.  I don't know if the hole in the bottom was intentional, but the sale organizers made a silk purse out of a sow's ear by adding a begonia in just the right color and calling it a planter.

Yesterday I got the call that I had one this sweet little piece and I was very pleased  I may have to transplant the begonia into something larger, but for now, it will grace my table and make me smile.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring 2015

My iris have been wonderful this year.  I've shared with a number of friends and they are still plentiful.
They only last a day after being picked, but the buds will bloom if left in the water.

My ajuga bed is full of blooms, too.  I had bought about a half dozen plants from the nursery at Bee Caves and Mopac when they went out of business.  Ajuga can be invasive, but these are confined to a bed bordered by sidewalk and decomposed granite pathway.  I've been sharing with my sister, and can afford to thin out more for friends later this year.

Some of the iris came from my daughter's yard - they put in a patio and passed the plants on to me.  
Others came from my sister, who had gotten them from my Mother's yard.  So the iris are a family thing.   
I planted one plant by each post and one more halfway between.  They have really spread.  My neighbor on the other side of the fence is enjoying some, too.
I have plans to share when the blooming stops and it's time to divide them up.