Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mid-July in My Garden

It's pretty warm summer, I love it. The plants enjoy sun and rare rains, need often to be watered. And also I do weeding, fighting with snails, aphids etc.
I took some photos of my favorite roses, irises, columbines, gladioli, petunia, impatiens, clematis. Take a look, perhaps you have similar flowers in your own garden.

Climbing rose 'Flammentanz'

Yellow columbines and tujas


Petunias & impatiens in hanging pots

Iris sibirica


David Austin roses, unknown variety

Clematis 'The President'

Shady place

Clematises 'The president' and 'Justa'

Rose 'Summer time'

 It's all for now, happy gardening to all, good weather and health!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Veggies & Berries in the Garden

It is good to have fresh greens for lunch in the garden. These are organic products. I always know what I water and feed the vegetables.
Today I want to show you what kind of vegetables I grow in the garden, in greenhouse and in raised beds, so it is easier for me to weed and water greens. Although I found a small place for them.

Lettuce and green onion

Pepper and tomato


Lettuce "Oak leaf' variety and coriander




Of course, zucchini, pepper and squash have not yet grown big, but I always have salad of lettuce, green onion, parsley, coriander and small cucumbers for lunch. 
Berries ripen day by day. I have bushes of gooseberry, black and red currant. 


black currant

red currant

Do you grow any organic veggies and berries ? What do you prefer?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Painted Tiles

I saw the panels made in Delft, the Netherlands at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. These panels were made of painted tiles. 
The Delft factories specialized in making painted tiles, combining with functional wares.
Groups of panel were ordered to decorate the walls of European Royal residences such as near Paris and near Munich.
Here are tin-glazed earthenware painted tiles 'The panel with vase of flowers', Netherlands, 1710-1750

The stages in making delftware were briefly as follows: clay was shaped, dried and given a first firing. Tiles were then glazed with liquid white tin glaze. The design was pricked through on a piece of paper, the spons,and when laid on the tile, the pattern was transferred to the tile by pouncing through the holes with charcoal. The outline of the pattern was clear enough for the painter to complete the painting.

In special cases, some tiles were fired a second and third time in a muffle-kiln at a high and lower temperature in order to emphasize colors which would not react well to the high kiln temperatures. I show you the details of 'The vase' - they are birds, butterflies, dahlias, yellow flowers, parrots, fasuns,  doves, etc.

This is another painted tile panel 'The vase with flowers', we see here a lot of flowers: bluebells, dahlias, roses, lilies. The decorative vase is placed on a stand. I show you a detail of this panel:

The floor tiles proved to be too delicate for heavy usage, moved to the walls. Single tiles and tile-pictures (multiple tiles combining to make a picture-religious, floral, etc.) were used in kitchens, around fireplaces etc. Here is a wall tile picture of a woman gardener that enjoys her flowers. I think they are Digitalis and Alsea rosea. 

Did you like these painted tiles? perhaps you have any panels at home. What are they?