By the middle of summer, the flower heads of alliums are dry enough to harvest and put away. This one, Allium chrystophii, adds a great punch to designs when painted in a lively color. Purple beauty in the garden in June and fireworks in the winter, how more useful might a flower be?
I am always collecting tree roadkill, especially clusters of oak leaves which look stunning when lightly sprayed with silver, just allowing the brown to show through. These lichen encrusted sticks can be stored for a long time.
These ‘ingredients’ for wreaths or other designs are free for the picking. If not on your own property, do be sure you have permission to do so, and wear your hard hat! For the real scavengers, the fringes of highway maintenance areas and grocery store malls often have sumac, dog’s bane and other interesting materials.
Heads down, the botanical arts exhibitors among us will be walking and spotting all manner of pods, seeds, twigs, leaves, fungus, lichen and more which they will transform into beautiful jewelry. Above, you see the materials on the card and on the platform, the alchemist’s magic.