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Quote of the Day: Christy Bartlett

June 12th, 2011

“You can’t be lazy. It’s up to you to see and see something new, to sustain your interest in the world around you. It’s not up to the world to entertain you. It requires effort to be interested.”

Christy Bartlett – found in The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty

Sometimes all it takes is looking under a leaf to find something new and exciting. I find gardening to be endlessly interesting. The more I learn about nature the less I realize that I know or understand about it. I’ve looked at wild daisies hundreds of times and earlier this week I picked some for the kitchen table and found these lovely beauties on the underside of one of the leaves.

Things like this always amaze me. These tiny little bronze/gold pearlescent eggs are perfectly formed. I think they’re leaf footed insect eggs, but I’m not positive. I’ll definitely spend some time looking these up. (here’s the post with the images of what hatched out of these lovely eggs)

What has piqued your interest lately?

7 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Christy Bartlett”
  1. Eleanor on June 12, 2011 at 8:17 am

    The tiny, perfect, still-green helicopter seeds of the red maple caught my eye the other day, causing me to wonder how I’ve been missing their beauty all these years. It really pays to look closely at what’s right around; the tiny things are just amazing and beautiful!

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  2. KimH on June 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

    My most recent ponderings started with a houseplant that is so pot-bound that the stems crawl over and over on top of themselves looking for a piece of soil to hook on to… and it seems to have transferred out to the garden too… I planted 20 asparagus crowns this year cuz I didnt have enough already… and some of them arent as deep as they recommend.. but still.. They grow like the kings of the garden they are and are doing magnificently.. It doesnt seem to matter that they arent buried so deeply… They flourish regardless…
    Nature is so beautiful and such an amazing being…

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  3. trashmaster46 on June 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I’m growing walking onions for the first time. They’re just starting to take their first “steps” this month. Fascinating!

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  4. Kathi on June 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    While shopping at a regional farm mardet today,I found a swallowtail caterpillar on a parsely plant. I asked and the vendor let me take the caterpillar home. I will give it to my neice to hatch. Right now it’s hanging out on my parsley.I grow parsley just to attract them.

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  5. Songbirdtiff on June 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I absolutely LOVE just walking around my garden every morning to see what is new. It changes every day. Even when I try to do something else, the garden calls me and everything else gets set aside.

    Lately, I’ve been looking for an artistic outlet, but one that I could really get lost in. I’ve always loved sketching but often lack the ability to sit long enough to complete a sketch. Yesterday I had a revelation. I should sketch bits and pieces of my garden! A tomato leaf here, a dill weed there. There’s so much to examine, I’d love to get it all down on paper.

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  6. on June 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

    The Veggie Girl: Dabbling with dill…

    The feathery fronds of the dill plant are ideal snipped with scissors, rather than chopped with a knife, to preserve its delicate flavor. Photo by Esther Oertel. A backyard herb garden is slowly taking shape at my home. Throughout the last month,….

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  7. They’ve Hatched | Chiot's Run on June 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    […] Remember those pearly insect eggs I showed you on Sunday? I checked on them on Tuesday evening and they had hatched. It looks like they are leaf footed insect nymphs just as I thought. The tiny little insects are just as beautiful as the eggs were, stunningly bright red. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of these little guys in my garden before. I probably have just never stopped long enough or been in the right place at the right time to see them. I grew up in South America so I’ve seen my share of crazy insects. Yet nature never ceases to amaze me, especially when it comes to the insect world! […]

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