Friday, February 16, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Putty Root Adhesive and Other Exciting Developments

My friend M and I went up to near the top of Jones Mountain this morning to harvest an Aplectrum hyemale or Putty Root orchid winter leaf and its tuber.  This is the same kind of plant that I drew daily while it was having a rare blooming last June.  For some reason there are many patches of putty root leaves this year in these woods.
Our interest was in macerating a tuber from one plant to make glue.  Above are our notes from this morning. How amazing!  I had read that Native People used the kneaded tuber as an adhesive for mending pottery.  (It was also used as medicine to treat boils or head pains.) The macerated tuber was extremely sticky, and after about 30 minutes of grinding became viscous and stringy.  We added water to adjust the consistency and tested it as a paper glue and then let it cure and grow thicker.  The thicker glue worked well to mend a broken clay dough statue of P that our son E made around 25 years ago.


More drawings of green shoots and the final amaryllis.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Better Diversions


A second bloom is opening from the same amaryllis bulb!  A much welcome diversion from the diversions in the national circus!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Instead of the SOUA by the LoPVotUS-


Not as brilliant as the amaryllis,  but making up for its more modest coloration with its lush scent, this hydrangea is much more pleasant to closely observe tonight than the deliverer of the state of the uniom [sic] address.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Business As Usual


Warmish and partly sunny here today.  A well-deserved day of rest and  respite from this week’s icy blasts (of all stripes).

Just a few leftover piles of snow among the closely gathered steers,