Toad Heaven

Wind in the Willows
Toads in their halls all’s well
Rain falls now softly

Orchard_28_8_15_1Restoring the bank at my new back deck, above: Miss Grace Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)”, Cameillia sasanqua, Himalayan Bamboo (Thamnocalamus crassinodus), Auriculate Lady Ferns (Athrium otophorum), Himalayan Maidenhair Ferns (Adiantum venustum), native Maiden Hair Ferns (Adiantum pedantum) and a daphne odora, yet to be transplanted. The over large glazed saucer at the feet of Miss Grace provides an evening wading pool for toads. The rockery where the Lady Ferns are planted offer lots of nooks and crannies for Toad Houses.

See the link HERE for an excellent tutorial from Willowdel about toad houses for the garden, and the great benficience of toads in our environment.

BI_28_8_15_52Drawing: Stella Ross-Craig
Watercoloring: THGg

The Mustard Seed Garden

“Sometimes, before composing poems and essays, I paint one or two small things on a sheet of paper and so collect emotions and ideas. In such ways, one may often gather inspiration from the skill and ideas of celebrated artists of the past, like drawing water by rope and bucket from a well. In the art of painting, wielding the brush is of the first importance…” — Ho Yung in The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. 1701

Orchard_27_8_15Drawing: Stella Ross-Craig
Watercoloring: The Healing Garden gardener