I don't have a lot of perennials because having any kind of garden with sheep is difficult. I do have this stunning fig leaf style Hollyhock that is putting on a spectacular show. Margaret Roach had a great article on hollyhocks on her blog/podcast recently. I want to grow some other colors. It sounds like mid-summer is the perfect time to start seeds for bloom next year. Here is the link.
Back in May I started fooling around with making plaster molds from clay sculptures of sunflowers. You can see that post here. I learned something new doing them - making a plaster mold from wet clay sculpture - which was rewarding. I bisque fired a few of the experiments and this week I finally got around to experimenting with the glaze step of the project. I had in my mind how I wanted them to look but wasn't sure how to get the look with the glazes I have.
I am stumbling around with the glazing on my pottery. It is all new to me - mixing glazes and wondering how they will fire. I've had some failure but because it is new to me it is intriguing. I can't spend too much time on it because I need to make pottery to sell in the fall for the holiday season. I spend endless amounts of time reading websites and trying to figure things out myself. Definitely not the best use of my time. I guess the wonder and the curiosity of it all is good for me and my mind instead of the same old same old.
The last thing I should be doing is blogging today as I have 6 students coming for a retreat this weekend but I wanted to pop in and connect with you all out there as this blog has a bit neglected. Summer rolls on. Julia had a birthday and we've got some places to go before it is over. It sure is flying by.
Hope you all in the northern hemisphere are enjoying summer. Have a great weekend everyone.