Canna quilt by Lisa Ellis

Last winter, I wrote a post about quilter Lisa Ellis. Her quilts blow me away, and I was flattered that she wanted to use one of my images as for a quilt. I really didn’t think my image was all that inspirational. But what Lisa did with it is just spectacular.

canna quilt
Original image.

She saw things in that image that escaped me entirely. What’s even more heartwarming is the way that Lisa uses her talents to raise money for various healing causes. She is donating this quilt to University of Michigan Hospital cancer wing.

Lisa posts about this quilt here. Would love it if you’d stop by and thank her for her generosity.

canna quilt

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students working on the ground

simulation from the air

My friend Marcia Eames-Sheavly has been working with a local artist and a group of students this semester (with the students taking the lead) to create a piece of ephemeral art — titled Turfwork! — designed to be viewed from the air. The canvas is a one-acre field at our turf and landscape research facility and for ‘paint’ the students are using mulch, straw and black plastic to temporarily turn the grass yellow in places.

At right is a simulation one of the students created of what the work will look like to folks flying in and out of the nearby Ithaca airport.

If you’re in the area and want a ground-level view, the students will be around on Mothers Day from noon to 2 p.m. to answer questions. For more information, find details on Department of Horticulture website.

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Soggy labyrinth

Last fall, I reported about a project carried out by students in Bill Miller’s herbaceous perennials class at Cornell planting a bulb labyrinth at our Bluegrass Lane research center. Here’s what it looked like just before the bulbs went in.

With temps up in the 60s today and another photo opp at the facility, I wandered out to see if anything was poking up. I got nothin’ but what you’d expect during mud season:

muddy labyrinth

Bill says that since the bulbs are newly planted, they’re flowering will likely be a little late this first season. But we’re planning to open the facility so the public can view and walk the labyrinth on Mothers Day and perhaps the Sundays before and after.

Stay tuned for more images as the labyrinth grows over the next few weeks.

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