Monday, July 17, 2017

more feathers but no more tomatoes


Last week, I pulled up all the tomato plants. They were still blooming! Still had a few green tomatoes on them and lots of ones that just rotted on the vines. I never in my life thought I would let tomatoes rot on the vine. How they were still blooming is beyond me since they are supposed to stop doing that when it gets as hot as it's been for the last 3 or 4 weeks. The 4 banana pepper plants are still going strong and 75% of their fruit goes straight in the compost pile. I mean, how many banana peppers can a person eat? The one jalapeno is covered with peppers as well. Amazing what full sun and good dirt can accomplish. The only other thing in the garden is the okra which I planted late and when the seeds sprouted they got about 3” high and quit growing. And then finally 3 or 4 of them took off. I planted velvet okra instead of the clemson spineless that everyone else grows and that I have grown in the past. Clemson spineless has small leaves and grows tall. Here's what my velvet okra looks like...


Okra is in the mallow family, same as cotton and altheas (rose of sharon).


The leaves are enormous.


I'm still making models since it's hot and humid outside. Any work done outside has to be done early, even before coffee, in the morning. I have 10 finished models...the moon and 4 drowned feathers, which you have seen, and 5 small drowned feathers paperweight size, the longest dimension is 5 1/2" to give you an idea of the size, which I did last week, 


that and make wax blanks and pouring sheets as well. 

Waiting for the wax to melt.

I finally got the blanks made for the last box that I have planned so I'll be starting on that soon. Plus I'm not through with the feathers.




10 comments:

  1. Art and okra. Can't beat that, woman!

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  2. Waiting for the wax to melt, would be a good title for ...something. You live in hundred degree weather- I shouldn't think it would take very long for the wax to melt. I would , in about five minutes. Still pretty cool up here, but I can not seem to get anything done. EYES are still wonky.

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  3. Earning a living gets old, sometimes. Good you got caught up on the feathers to keep your interest in.

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  4. I'm really liking these feather pieces.

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  5. Your work looks so interesting. It must give you such pleasure to create such works of art.

    My tomatoes are just coming in. The plants have black spot and the lower branches are dying quickly. I try to keep up with them and cut off all branches with the disease, but it is a futile battle. I do, however, have many tomatoes and hope the plants survive till the fruits ripen.

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  6. Good luck with everything you're doing.

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  7. You are always an inspiration! And I LOVE the feathers!

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  8. I found just a few cousins of your okra flower last week -- the crimson-eyed rose mallow. It's so beautiful, but when I went back to try for better photos, the fenceline had been cleared. All gone! That's why your art is so delightful -- it hangs around longer.

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  9. I love the okra. I think I'd plant that just for ornamental purposes! (Okra is not my favorite thing to eat.) The feathers look like they're coming along great!

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  10. That okra leaf is humongous! I wonder if my dad is growing okra this year? I thought I'd be helping him in the garden this summer. Oh well - I got a reprieve! :)

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