Phases of Camellia

Cameilla Bud
Camellia beginning to open
Camellia mostly open
Camellia in full bloom
Camellia Bush

Camellia belongs to the family Theaceae. They’re found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. While this plant is not native to my region, the Pacific Northwest, Western North America. It is a good friend to the PNW gardener. It’s ability to “plays well with others” and not dominate everything in the landscape gives it an A+ in my opinion! It’s content to share space with native ferns and Redwood sorrel. I’m sorry, I don’t know which species of Camellia this is.

Feel free to use any of these pictures for artistic inspiration. If you do, please comment with a link or email me. I would love to see it! Thank you!

Nature-Led Art: Boat in Bottle

Boat in Bottle with Flash, no edits – Melanie Reynolds

I learn by doing and I fail a lot. I overanalyze. Everything is so much simpler when other people do it. We don’t get to see their messes and mistakes, unless they choose to share it with us. I feel honored when people share their messes with me. I like to think it makes us real. Real people, real friends, or real relatable at any rate. In this bottle is nature, memories, artistic expression and a bit of hireth.

  • the bottle is a recycled Maple syrup bottle
  • the cork is from the craft store in a pack that cost less than a US dollar
  • the chain, boat, treasure chest and eye hook are also from the craft store
  • the shells are the smallest ones from my late Grandfather’s shell collection
  • the sand is from a beach close to where a loved one grew up
  • the bottle sits on a piece of petrified wood from my late grandfather’s rock collection, which came from a place in central Washington state, between the home I’ve made and the home where I grew up
Boat in a bottle no flash with Vanilla filter – Melanie Reynolds