Spring Plant Sales

April 29, 2012

FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale

I happened by the well-attended Spring Plant Sale at the Washington Park Arboretum yesterday.  Sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, FlorAbundance is often described as one of the best annual plant sales in the region.  It ends today at 2 p.m. I may have been one of the few attendees who did not succumb to buying anything.  I was there for the color and photo opportunities.  See this gardeners’ paradise for yourself:

Plants for sale, Washington Park Arboretum

Boxed purchases

So many tempting choices

Garden plant sale

Healthy and hardy-looking inventory

Colorful selection

One shopper's succulent

Very well-organized event

Plant purchases

Boxes at the ready


Little Boxes

February 5, 2010

Hand-folded origami boxes


My collection of little origami boxes


I love paper crafts.  Among my special things are these handmade, lidded origami boxes that I usually keep in a basket in my bedroom.  I made them from a pattern I found in Tomoko Fuse’s Quick and Easy Origami Boxes.  I’ve also made some collections of ever-smaller boxes from paper I hand-painted.  These I stack and wrap in towers, and they stand on my bookshelf. 

Towers of origami boxes


Basket full of tiny origami boxes


Too late, I just discovered a blog about papercrafts at http://foldingtrees.com/.  There are some wonderful projects in their archives, but as of December 2009, they have ceased making new posts. 

In the meantime, the song “Little Boxes” keeps cycling in my brain: 

“Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.”
     — Malvina Reynolds