I started out in the yard reveling in spring's progress. The daffodil show is over and we're moving into the heart of spring where everything else starts to emerge and the overpowering green of summer gets a foothold.
I used to joke with a friend years ago that during early summer in the Carolinas everything was such a vibrant green that there seemed to be a green haze hanging over the wooded areas. We would laugh, but we still marveled at it. I miss Jim. He's been gone a long time now, but I think of him most in the spring and summer.
|I am glad to see the may apples|
I transplanted last year are propagating.
|The native orchids are looking a bit rough after the winter,|
but they're still here.
|I think this native plant is called spotted wintergreen,|
and it always makes me think of peppermint candies.
|The lenten roses I transplanted from a neighbor's yard last year|
are happily blooming. Thanks Sheilah!
|The hydrangea is peeking out.|
|The vinca minor in the front yard is filling in nicely.|
|I love the fiddle heads on ferns.|
This one is a holly fern.
|Here is another holly fern past the fiddle head stage.|
|A close-up of the vinca minor flowers.|
In the afternoon I went to the Mint Museum to hear Rose B. Simpson speak about her art. I arrived at the last moment and found a small contingent from Clayworks to sit with. Rose was amazing. She is a skateboarder, punk rocker, poetry slammer, multimedia artist from the Santa Clara Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. She told us about her life and strong connection with her heritage. She amazed us with her artwork and her vision. She even treated us to one of her poetry slam performances. It was fun just to be around that kind of energy for a while.
|Lindsay, Cathy, and Jeff.|
|Rose B. Simpson.|
After the talk at the Mint I went to Clayworks to do some more work on my pots from March 11. They waited patiently under plastic for me to return so I decided to alter them a bit. The left one is softly altered, the right one is done with my usual method of adding clay to make the facial features. The middle face was made only by removing clay, so it appears a bit flatter.