Thursday, November 10, 2011

Final Flower for the Day 2011

The garden has wound down and the Flower Guy too. Its time to take a break.
I hope you enjoyed the fourth year of our flowers. My Flower Girl is as feisty 
as ever and grows in beauty with maturity. 

She wins the Golden Garland.

Note: All of the Flower for the Day entries for this year can be found at: - under the Blog Archive go to:
The Blog of Don Sessions 2011


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Russell Kraus: Panel IV

Stained Glass in a Mahogany Screen - Dafodils


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nature Intervenes

Basking in the glory of his World Series win Cardinal
Man got literally carried away by the wind.
"All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't
put him back together again."
Unfortunately this greatly decreases the possibility
of a repeat.


Russell Kraus: Panel III

Stained Glass in a Mahogany Screen - Daisies


Monday, November 7, 2011

Russell Kraus: Panel II

Stained Glass in a Mahogany Screen - Jonquils


Friday, November 4, 2011

Russell Kraus: Stained Glass in a Mahogany Screen

Panel I  Iris

During his later years we commissioned our friend and neighbor, the artist Russell Kraus to do a work for us.
Russell was a multimedia artist but for his day job he designed and created stained glass windows for churches.
We requested that he do four stained glass panels of flowers to be placed in a sturdy and spectacular mahogany
free standing screen that we had acquired several years previously. Initially he took measurements and designed 
the panels using flowers of his choosing and added a personal touch - a small colorful butterfly with three
dimensional antennae for each panel.
Russell and I went to a nearby stained glass studio where we selected the different colored pieces of glass. The 
studio then created the four panels with each piece of stained glass assembled by color and shape according to 
Russell's design specifications. Six weeks later Russell and the studio expert completed the work by installing
the panels into the screen.
Because of its size and our space considerations the four panel screen has been separated into two two panel
scfeens. Both screens are upstairs in separate rooms.
In no way do the images come close to the magnificent colors chosen by Russell. Photographing a stained glass
work is challenging.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Japanese Anemone

  Anemone hupenensis var. japonicum. In the
buttercup family (Ranunuculaceae), this hardy perennial is closely 
related to the pasque flower. Anemone is Greek for daughter of the
wind. Season specific anemone bulbs can produce blooms 
throughout the growing year from early spring to late fall. Cut flowers
provide up to 9 days of vase life. This was a gift from a friend.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cosmos in a Vase

Cosmos in an earthen vase. The lambs ear leaf is for tactile gratification.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A few survivors

As the sun descends toward the fall solstice and the nights grow colder only a few miniature flowers remain.