A last longing look at the flowers of summer

This an old post from a few years  ago. After all the sleepless nights, hair pulling and teeth gnashing, not to mention the months it took me, I just let it sit, waiting for someone to put the posts back into their categories. There it has sat … waiting… I’m turning over a new leaf ,s0 you’ll see some older posts trickling in, maybe you’ll find something of interest

As fall is almost upon us I thought an ode to the beautiful flowers of spring and summer would be in order!

These are some photos I took  of my garden, you can see why Oregon is such a wonderful place to garden.

We visited England a few years back and were able to see the garden of George Smith in Heslington. His garden was the inspiration that brought out my inner gardener. I read about his garden in a amazing book by Tony Lord; “Best Borders” which I checked out from my local library. I checked it out so many times that I nearly wore out the page. I’m sure they had to finally replace the book. I finally found my very own copy of “the book'”and  have almost worn this copy out as well.

Well, you may be wondering why I am bringing this up, because when we planned our trip to the UK I just had to see my gardening idol  George Smith’s garden. After much effort, internet searches and detective work  equal to S. Holmes,  I was finally able to contact him and we were invited to join a gardening group touring his gardens at the time of our visit. Happy, happy, joy, joy, I was enraptured! !I was actually going to see ” the garden” that had fired my first love for  gardening.

My impassioned plea for admittance must have made an impression on him, because he came out and met us personally. Upon introductions,  almost the first words out of his mouth were [here’s the point of this whole  little story] ” So where do you garden in the States?. ‘Not where do you live in the States? No, Where do you garden, as if one merely lives to garden? I loved it every minute of it.

He was a most delightful old gentleman and made lists for us of  the “must see gardens” while we were there in England. One really sweet thing he did was insist that we see Beth Chatto‘s famous garden, she was his mentor and friend. He said ‘Now when you get there, get one of the staff to fetch Beth. Tell her I sent you and ask  her to give you the tour. Now Beth usually charges hundreds of dollars for her lectures, but she’ll be happy to take you around herself,  if you mention my name and say I sent you.”.. So I garden in Oregon as well as live here!

 

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“Cheddar Cheese” a peony

 

 

Here’s a few from this year’s garden as well. Enjoy!

Now you know where the inspiration for my floral quilts comes from.

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Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. My family is filled with many artist's, so my love of art came naturally. By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, I was raising my children, part of that time as a single parent. My circumstances have changed, the kids are grown and I have more time for Art. Art is a form of therapy for me. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions to take as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think to myself, "this is one of my better ones". when that happens, I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifying. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press https://barbaraharmsfiberart.com Etsy shop-sales https://barbaraharms.com Https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry barbaraharmsfiberart@outkook.com Personal Links

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