Baker’s dozen of flora

In 2016 I took a lot of photographs… on my phone. Here are 12 photos from my garden and one from a local park we discovered this year. All photos taken with an iPhone 5 using ProCamera app and Photoshop Express.

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Winter aconite emerged early. March 5, 2016.
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Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – new to the garden. April 17, 2016.
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Remarkably, Townsendia parryi survived the hail storm of June 30, 2016.
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We had a lot of rain. Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ gift from my Mom. July 2016.
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Early spring and lots of moisture brought a bounty of ‘Carmine Jewel’ cherries. July 2016.
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And ‘Dragon Tongue’ beans. Grown in containers which saved them from slugs. July 2016.
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An Oak fern was planted to remember family in Terrace, BC. July 30, 2016.
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Also from Rundlewood garden, a 2nd year Veronicastrum shot up like fireworks. August 21, 2016.
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A new calendula also bloomed in our garden. Thanks to seed shared from my Mom. August 2016.
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The beauty of this annual was its state before unfurling. August 2016.
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Despite frequent hail and rain, our small garden flourished. August 2016.
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Alpine Rock Jasmine was the inspiration for Christmas cards. School boy was inspired by Christopher Boffoli. October 22, 2016.
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There is nothing like nature to truly inspire. Ralph Klein park. July 31, 2016.

Christmas 2016

This year I succeeded in going back to hand printed cards and it feels like a small victory in the department of personal creativity. Nevertheless, I didn’t start until the beginning of November and ran into some ink problems as I was finishing up hand colouring. Ink was still offsetting 3 weeks after printing! New Year’s resolution: start cards in July! Below, some documentation of the process. Merry Christmas and best wishes in the New Year to you and your family!

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The finished design: hand painted linocut with hand lettering. B. Wanhill. December 2016.
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Idea: sketch of my alpine rock jasmine. (dark photo: it’s near winter here.)
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Rough design included a snowflake I quickly drew in the app: Amaziograph.
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I started carving on November 8 and finished November 19.
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On November 25, I printed 28 cards and on December 3rd I hand painted them.
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There was hope I would send out 50 cards, so I played with the original print in Prisma app. to increase card count.
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Finished design omitted snowflake and included hand lettering learned from a workshop with Christopher Rouleau.