Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

2017 Note Cards

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by jmbroekman


Time to make the donuts – oh wait, I mean the 2017 note cards

Fear has propelled a flurry of drawing activity in my studio in recent months. It often happens that some germ of a thought lodges itself inside my head; I find myself utterly convinced that I’ve made my last decent drawing/painting, whatever. This year I wondered if maybe I was done with the flower drawings. Evidently not, and I’m ready to produce the 2017 note cards.

The beauty of this propensity – allowing fear to fuel a bunch of work, is that I’m going to be able to print the new note cards earlier than usual this year. Here’s where I need your help. I’ve created a page of 24 drawings (which you can access by clicking on those underlined words, or over in the sidebar anytime – 2017 Note Cards). I’d love to have your input on which are your favorite six. I will tally all the votes, and then decide which ones will get reproduced as blank note cards.

I hope you are finding many ways to enjoy summer. Eat lots of strawberries, dip your feet in cool water, and enjoy this beautiful planet and all it’s gifts.


Posted on: September 19th, 2015 by jmbroekman

The Color of Autumn

Who among you doesn’t immediately think of the color orange when the month of October is mentioned? I know it’s still September, and the autumn equinox doesn’t arrive for a couple of days. But I will be away at the end of this month, and am thus busy getting started on all my winter-preparation-chores. When it came to our big garden out back, I woefully neglected it this year. Which made finding the Red Kuri squash, and the pumpkins an even more delightful surprise. And, where was it written that tomatoes need to be started indoors in, like, February? I had volunteers this year in the onion patch, which proved more productive than the starts I planted deliberately. So what if it’s hard to find them in the weeds! I do hate the shortening of the days, even so, there is a lot about this season to recommend itself.


Posted on: July 4th, 2011 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

Happy Independence Day

The garlic scapes have all been cut, one batch of strawberry jam has been made, the perennial borders are a riot of Evening Primrose yellow, and the Mock Orange is bursting with blooms. What could be better than this?!