I’ve recently been weaving more and knitting less.
That was actually kind of hard to write, but it’s very true so there you have it. I’m not giving up knitting, but I feel like I’ve come home when I sit down to weave. Tapestry specifically.
As my focus turns to tapestry weaving, I look to different sources for inspiration. For me, it’s all about connecting with the earth and respecting the land, so I was thrilled to meet some gorgeous plants and trees on my recent visit to the Descanso Gardens.
The Descanso Gardens are a beautiful place to visit and no doubt have inspired many artists before me. There’s even a gallery to showcase some of them. Here are a few of my favorite plants I loved – and was inspired by – there.
Judging from the photos I came home with, I’d have to say the plants in the Ancient Forest were the most exciting and enticing to me. The one above is of the Cycad Family: labeled Encephalartos senticosus.
Another from the Ancient Garden:
So much green! These are stalks of Matilija poppies from the California Natives Garden.
I could go on and on. So many rich textures in the plants and tree barks. I’ll end with my favorite (tree) of many favorites, Scrub Oak.
I was in the area visiting my daughter, Hazel, who recently moved to Santa Monica. Having grown up on Kansas prairie, she was missing the quiet spaces in nature. Many thanks to all the people who have made these gardens over the years. If you ever get a chance to visit, do. You might even catch a glimpse of Hazel, sketching quietly away. I know she’ll be returning.