Hello everyone! It's a lovely bright shiny day here after our snow storms of yesterday. Unfortunately we did not make our art lesson as the passes over the Peaks are both still closed. So instead we went on a nature walk.
Before I share that with you, a couple of lovely readers wanted to know how we made the window stars I showed you in yesterday's post. There are lots of lovely tutorials out there, we used this one from Arwen Art. They don't give the exact measurements but I cut my rectangles to measure 11 cm X 5.5 cm. Garden Mama has a tutorial which gives a slightly different 'shadow' pattern within the star.
I found this YouTube tutorial if you prefer to watch it being done.
Moving onto our OHC this morning...
The girls wanted to check to see if the small lake in the park below our home was frozen, as well catch a few downhill runs on their sledges. So we combined those things with a twig identification walk. I find that winter is a good time to identify trees as they have very distinct differences. Without the leaves you are able to see the trees spread - an important part in identifying trees, the bark and of course being able to get up close and observe the twigs. We used the Nature Detectives Twig ID sheet to help us along.
We saw lots of Hazel catkins, I was hoping to find some of the Witch Hazel female flowers but I think it may be a bit early to see the flowering twig of the Parrotia persia species yet. The flowering period is from February to March - we'll keep an eye out for that, and a bit late to catch the Hamamelis mollis species which is autumn flowering.
What we did do was take a twig of what we identified as Ash. We have popped it into a vase of water and placed it on our nature table. We will wait and watch to see the leaves come out in the warm environment of our home.
Do you ever force branches of flowering shrubs indoors?
|2014 - Forced Magnolia|
Each year around late February early March, when I become desperate for spring to arrive, I cut small branches of Forsythia and Magnolia from my garden and bring them indoors. I place them into a vase of water and after about a week of the warm environment they burst into bloom giving a lovely display. The Magnolia although beautiful is quite messy. It drops it's flowers fairly quickly, but for the first day or two of the flowers being out it's worth it!
Right, I think that's a wrap for now. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I look forward to seeing you soon :)