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Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) in a container in our back garden. Canary Island Ivy (Hedera Canariensis) leaf peeking through the fern fronds.

I’m more relaxed about gardening than I used to be, and am enjoying letting Mother Nature have her way. She creates beauty at every turn, with little interference from me! Green is her colour of preference, which is obvious to anyone who walks through a forest.

These days, green is my favourite colour in the garden, and elsewhere. Being a cool colour, it provides a sense of calm and peacefulness, similar to the effect of blue. Because green plants appear to be in the background, they add a feeling of spaciousness to garden beds. For me, green represents Nature at its best, and is the colour of life and hopefulness. The following photographs were taken while we were on a walk in Pacific Spirit Park, in July, 2019, on one of the many beautiful trails there. Each photograph shows only native plants, which have grown here on the southwest coast of Canada for many centuries.

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Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

***Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

                                                               —Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)

No white nor red was ever seen

So amorous as this lovely green.

—Andrew Marvell

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Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) trees among the Douglas Firs ((Pseudotsuga menziesii)

This is second-growth forest, re-planted in the early 1900’s, following intensive logging. The original evergreen trees were massive giants, and a few of their trunks are still visible throughout the park. They were mainly Western Red Cedars and Douglas Firs.

It was with awe

That I beheld

Fresh leaves, green leaves

Bright in the sun.

—Basho

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Moss on Douglas Fir bark

***If there is a future, it will be Green.

—Petra Kelly

By “Green”, I think that Petra Kelly means that humanity will be using renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and other clean methods which do not emit carbon, and will thus help to slow down the rate of global warming and climate change.

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Vine Maples and Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) tree.

***A forest is green for a reason.

—Anthony T. Hincks

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Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) and Salal

***Green is a soothing colour, isn’t it?

—Jack Thorne

Here’s a little song some of you may remember, from Sesame Street:

It’s Not Easy Being Green (Kermit’s Song). Kermit is a frog, of course! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“In crochet you hear no needles clicking. It’s like the sound of one hand clapping.”

—Val Bjarnason

Crochet: noun: needlework in which yarn is looped into pattern of stitches by means of hooked needle.

verb: make in or do crochet.

—The Oxford Dictionary of Current English (1991)

A calming, soothing, magical craft, crochet is a meditation in itself. Creating useful and beautiful items for others to enjoy is a bonus.

I love the process of crocheting. It’s been a daily part of my life for many years. Crochet is portable: just a ball of yarn, a hook, and a bag to carry it in is all you need. So simple!

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

—Aldo Leopold

Rather than using synthetic yarns, I crochet with natural ones, organically produced whenever possible. Organic hemp, cotton and wool are my favourites. Acrylic and polyester fibres are ending up in our waterways, flushed there whenever we wash items made from them. Acrylics are not biodegradable, and tiny fibres end up being ingested by animals, birds, amphibians, and creatures which live in the oceans, lakes and rivers. I avoid synthetic yarns.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

—William Morris

Woollen Tea Cozy by Val ©soleil crochet on etsy.com

Woollen Tea Cozy by Val
©soleil crochet on etsy.com

Air Plant Nest by Val ©soleilcrochet on etsy.com

Hemp Air Plant Nest by Val
©soleilcrochet on etsy.com

The “Air Plant Nest”, pictured above, has been crocheted using hemp twine from India. Creating with this rough, but wonderful, hemp fibre is a real workout for the fingers! The fellow I buy it from is off to India again in a few weeks, and will return in the Spring of 2015 with all sorts of treasures. My next project will be crocheting with natural nettle yarn from India, a gorgeous grey fibre which has been boiled to soften it.

After years and years of crocheting, I’m finally creating my own patterns and designs. The possibilities seem endless! So many ideas to try out…

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