The very glamorous “G” box


These are really the most amazing seed pods I’ve ever seen.

GFeathery Copy

Not only the plants, but their shadows were pretty enchanting too.

GCone flower

I’m assuming it’s a cone flower….wouldn’t you guess?

GInside Cropped

The glamorous, graceful and very generous “G” box was FULL!

The G box was absolutely abundant.  So many mysterious silhouettes. And lots of sweet fragrances, bergamot? sage? lavender? borage? And so many seeds!  Seed pods, seed heads, seeds.  What would the sub group in botany be called that studies the shape of seed pods?  These containers are so intriguing and so different from each other.  Why one shape over the next?  Maybe it’s because of the delivery system.  Fed Ex? UPS? USPS?

I’ll admit to them being more interesting than any of the shapes I’ve posted to Paige. Shapes, Silhouettes, Seeds. Three things to keep an eye on.

About the traveling

So these are some of the ways that the parcels go back and forth.  Click on them for a larger view.  Some of the images don’t do justice to the size that the parcels are relative to the size of the mail box…the one they are leaving or the one they’re going to.  Paige had to actually go to the PO for the Left-Handed pencil.  Maybe she should consider a bigger mail box?  I’m glad she painted it red.  (But I hope that doesn’t mean people use it for target practice….)

E is for (for)evergreen

So November brought evergreens from Burnsville to Madison. Mountain Evergreens.  Green Evergreens.  Fragrant Evergreens.  In an tin canister.

What October looked like

Farmer Fred Fearlessly fends off the fox from his flock.  You go Fred!

Here Fred helps bring in the letter F. (Thank you Fred)

Fred’s mode of transport through the US Mail.

Here we have evidence of Fall and a few other items beginning with the letter L.

Leaves, Lavender-Colored Thread and a Left-handed Pencil

Thimbles and Thread Together in the Thick of Things

So where did October go exactly?  All I know is that with it went all of the leaves and the early evening light.  And on to Paige went 4 more letters of the alphabet: F, L, J & T.  You won’t see J here.  It is J for jewel.  A modest jewel, made from a cereal box and glue and a pin back.  All four letters went under separate cover.  One in a clementine crate, one in a large biscuit tin, one in a flat rate box and one in the green lunch box.  They didn’t all fit in Paige’s mail box but like John Bartram who had Benjamin Franklin, the large biscuit tin, had an interceder, the Burnsville post-office. They all arrived unscathed, I understand.  I think there is a certain amount of adventure that happens in risk taking.  It would be fine by me if eventually something arrives not quite right, maybe de-shelved or truncated. There are more alphabet boxes to go.  We’ll see how future ones fair in the shipping and receiving process. We’ll see how they go.

Common Critter Collection

Larry doesn’t know….

that this is what he dropped off in our mail box yesterday.  A delightful collection from Paige and Hannah Branch Road.  Direct from the Spruce Pine Post Office.  All these critters.  I have seen a garden once that contained plants with animal common names: zebra grass, and lamb’s ear among them.  It makes you wonder what the animals would name the plants if they actually had the chance.  Nesting Needles? Tastes Great with Bugs Bush?

One image I didn’t include here are some Jack-o-Lantern mushrooms that supposedly glow underneath when it’s dark.  Glow in the dark plants, how come humans haven’t come up with such a thing.

Thanks Paige.  Thanks Larry.  You two are great collaborators.


A is for…

Twayblade Orchid

Contents for “A” parcel

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from tway (variant of twain) + blade, translating Latin: bifolium .

So I had never heard of twayblade before.  Now I know: two-leaves.  Like idiot-mittens, there is no separating the two.  This twayblade orchid must be magical when you find it in the woods.  I wonder if it has an enchanting fragrance.

It was pretty magical to open up the contents of Paige’s package.  The hay-scented fern had a beautiful fragrance and the contents seemed to multiply. Calendar pages, Ace Hardware bag full of azalea leaves and a paste paper landscape.  The letter “A” commands some respect, being the first letter and all.

Next Paige and I will meet in Canada as two of the 100 visual artists in the Emma International Collaboration  which meets near Big Lake Saskatchewan 2 hours north of Saskatoon. We’re anticipating a couple of letters might develop over the week.

See you in August!


Chilmark Post Office 02535

On 12 July this is where I picked up the letter “A”.  This is truly the town’s center. It shares a green space with the library and the community center and across the street is the general store.  The post office is closed for lunch between 12 & 12:30.  That’s why I had to go to the PO a couple of days in a row.  General Delivery.  All of life should be this simple.  Stay tuned for details on the parcel’s contents.