Monday, August 03, 2009

Frying Pan to Fire

The only place hotter than Portland right now is Phoenix and by Wednesday evening that's where I'll be. I love returning to the Valley of the Sun, love driving by the house my family lived in for 42 years, love seeing old friends again at Art Unraveled. I'm excited.

This will be my third year to attend the retreat and probably my last. Life just keeps changing around me. Time moves on and if I'm going to have time to travel and work on other projects I'm going to have to pare back my teaching schedule. I want it all but there is only so much time.

This is how the blue corn patch looked this morning. Rain is expected this weekend and John expects the tall stalks to lodge (pitch over and croak). I wrote out pages of notes to tell you about this variety of corn but now I can't find them and I'm lucky to even get this much up. If our growing season was a little longer we would have blue corn to grind for tortilla flour but I don't think that's going to happen now. It was so much fun growing it out anyway - and watching it reach Jack-in-the-Beanstalk proportions.

In comparison, here is our sweet corn patch in its 5th week from seed. Mmmm, sweet corn.

We have these pale lemon colored sunflowers with pink edged petals.

Chilis de Aguas.

Jimmy Nardellos.

Santa Fe Grandes.


Volunteer Rudebekias.

My next post should be from Arizona. Hasta la vista.


Scintilla said...

oh i love that i was just there to witness such beauty and amazingness in the garden and the studio! Lovely,just lovely. John is adorable in his plant world. the little elf. miss you!

Anonymous said...

I love peppers and wish I had a big handful of all of those! Love your artwork and blog. Gina

Janine said...

Love you journal, love your Garden!

bridgette said...

Holy Moses! That blue corn IS amazing!

~Barb~ said...

Your journal, as always, is amazing and so inspiring. All the wonderful plantlife makes me so melancholy, too...reminds me of my Mom & Dad's gardening. Ahhh, memories...
Peace & Love,

Candace said...

What wonders Nature gives us, whether we get to do anything with them or have to watch them pitch over and croak. lol... the sunflowers are sooooo gorgeous and I love seeing the shots of all the chilis, plus the journal, and your plain talk about paring back if you are to do what you really want and need to do for your own journey.

May we all be so fortunate.
Take care.
Candace in Athens.

Chris said...

okay, the feet thing...