April arrived once again and that means Turning Moss has been kicking for one full year! Happy Birthday Turning Moss! This year has been full of learning and shaping the path. While the trail is relatively clear, lush mounds of green mosses and spring flowers are filling in, ushering us forward. Let’s take a look back and peek ahead… [Read more…]
March marks the official start of spring. Here in Chicago, we generally still get quite a mixture of weather conditions throughout the month, but there is no denying that spring is pushing through. Very early on we begin to see little purple and yellow flowers popping up. The Crocus flowers are always the first to appear in our yard every year and they don’t seem to have a problem taking on the harsh storms of March. [Read more…]
Last week my Mom and I visited the Oak Park Conservatory. It had been over a decade since the last time I was there and it was a lot of fun to go back with her. [Read more…]
Stapeia gigantea, commonly called Giant Toad Plant, is a cactus like plant native to south eastern Africa. The greens of the Toad Plant have four angled deep ribs with toothed edges. They are clump-forming and can grow up to 8 inches long. The 5 petal star shaped flowers are pale yellow with thin red wrinkles, covered in a fuzzy hairs. These giant flowers can grow up to 12 inches wide and emit a deathly carrion odor. [Read more…]
Happy February to all! I’ll say that it has indeed been a pleasant 2nd month this year. However, I admit, February might be my least favorite month of the year, a month that can only race to the bottom next to January. But let’s be honest here, it’s not all that bad, the days are noticeably getting brighter and there are small teases of spring just around the corner. Weather aside, today we are talking about February’s gorgeously purple birthstone, Amethyst! [Read more…]
In the midwest, January doesn’t always feel like a very lively month, at least not in the outdoor garden department. The fall leaves have dried out and plants from last season are sadly drooping under the cold and wet blanket of winter. We are in the thick of hibernation season, but that doesn’t mean that things have completely shut down in the plant world. In fact, this January has been unusually mild and rainy. When I stepped outside to capture these images, I was without a coat wearing sandals, comfortably enjoying the sun and observing the state of the yard. This is not the same January I have grown up to know in the midwest. It’s a little strange that we are seeing some very early signals from spring already, some colorful sites in a generally gray time of year. [Read more…]
The Diamond Maidenhair Fern ‘Adiantum trapeziforme’ is one of over 200 varieties of Maidenhair ferns. The diamond shaped fronds are quite large compared to others in their family, it is also often regarded at the Giant Maidenhair. The lacy foliage cascades from dark brown to black stems with bright apple green trapezoidal leaves unfurling with scalloped edges. [Read more…]
The Cortland Collection is bold and fringy. Rows of gemstone beads are strung on a delicate brass bar tiered above dangling chain fringe. The chain link fringe is angled to a point and gently drapes along with you. This dramatic collection lives right on the edge of the universe. [Read more…]
The Palmer Collection is simplicity at its best. A single stone is suspended by cable chain, making a truly effortless pendant style necklace. Each stone has 2 unique sides and can be flipped around to change the look of the necklace. This classic style is timeless and will complement your style throughout the years.
The Cortez Collection is sharp and to the point. Bars of gemstone beads link together and pivot into a chevron pendant. The hinged brass bars allow the chevron shape to form freely, moving along with you while you float through your day. The Cortez Collection includes a variety of lengths and tiers each offering a versatile and comfortable wear.