Iron Press

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We are leaving the Victorian Era behind and stepping into the 1950s and 60s. In an era known for the plastic revolution and for classic T.V.

I’m talking about the Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, and Bewitched. In several episodes, they use an iconic heated object (I’m sure my title gives it away). The Iron. A staple across America.

Now….I do know how to use an iron. Quite ironic actually because most people think millennials don’t even know how to use a washing machine (I’ve always been a fan of nice smelling clothes). Irons are good for pressing out wrinkles and straightening pant seams. They are also good for pressing and drying a variety of flowers.

Which Flowers Work Best to Be Pressed with the Iron: 

I use pansies. Why? I love pansies and they are easy flowers to use for the iron press. Because it is not like ironing pants, no matter what Alice tells you.

As a side note (speaking of Alice from the Brady Bunch), why do we never see Mrs. Brady working or ironing? What does she do all day? Can anyone tell me this!

Back from the side, onto the straight road.

The Iron Press is fairly simple to understand. Put a hot object on a flower, between towels, and wallah, the flower’s moisture is gone. A magic trick that doesn’t even need a sexy assistant, because of course, we are the sexy ones.

The Steps for a Successful Iron Press: 

1. You are going to first, put your flower between parchment paper. Newspaper’s ink leaks onto the petals, paper towels imprint their pattern, and towels (in general) have wrinkles that iron on lines. Parchment paper is your best option. It can withstand the heat and leaves no trace behind.

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The iron should be set on high for cotton/wool. You want the hottest heat possible.

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2. When pressing your flower just hold the iron on top of it. Do not iron like you would a shirt. No small circles, no downward lines, keep it stationary. Every minute check to see how your flower is doing.

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3. It is ready when it is papery thin and dry. Trust me, you will know. The water coming out of your flower is pretty easy to see. It leaves dark splotches on the petals until they are fully released.

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4. Pansies should take no more than 3 minutes. Other flowers can vary. Begonias have taken up to 10… maybe more, the time was just ticking by.

. . . and remember to always create something new! How about a clock?

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Take out the iron from your back room, the closet, or your laundry room. Press your flowers and if you have time, throw in your shirt as well. Might as well hit two birds with one stone.

Pressing My Favorite Flowers

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An ode to my favorite flowers to press. I am a pressing flower fanatic where this list shows you what flowers are great to put between books, newspaper, or in kitty litter!

Let’s start from the back.

Number 5 

First is the worst, second is the best, fifth is the one adorning a polka-dot dress.

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Vinca is a nice flash of color. A flower that does well in shade and part sun. It is also a flower almost everyone has. Vinca is my fifth favorite flower to press because it’s an easy flower for beginners. Being thin and readily available makes it a great first flower to press. It keeps it’s color after the first press and works well for accent pieces in designs.

Rolling Down to Number 4

Is it a lion, a dragon, a sad flower? Pansies are one of my favorite faces of nature!

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Pansies are one of the best flowers to press. They come in a range of color, variety, and sizes. Honestly, if I could I would press every pansy I see. Once pressed they look the same and are a nice pallet for any color combo. Need a purple and a yellow flower? Pansies have got you covered. I have found that using the Iron is the best way to press these bad boys!

It’s Time For Number 3

A mini Baptisia bush. My favorite flower. The color of spring resounds with Lupin.

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Pressing Lupin is as easy as 1, 2,3. When I find Lupin flowering in my garden, I just pop it straight into a book. With little moisture and high color intensity, Lupin presses beautifully. I just recently used Lupin in this pressed flower clock.

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Beautiful isn’t it?

Down to Fingers for Number 2

A pollinator magnet, a bush adorned with flowers, Butterfly Bush. This plant attracts a variety of pollinators, it attracts me for its look. Press these flowers between books, newspaper, or in a tub filled with silica gel, these flowers will put a smile on your face every time. Pressing butterfly bushes are a great way to get people aware of pollinators. Showing others your works of art with these will get them putting butterfly bushes in their own backyard. (Remember not to press all of them, you do want flowers left for the pollinators!)

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My Number 1

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Not rare but also, not common. Pincushion flower (Scabiosa) is my all time favorite flower to press. I love the texture the petals make when they are filling out the outer rim and the scrunched inside of the rays. You can press a pincushion flower instantly, with barely any weight. It’s easy and brings a new texture to a bouquet of flowers.

Have a favorite flower to press? Leave a comment below!

Pallet Gardening

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Vertical Garden 101

What are vertical gardens? A phrase thrown around nowadays like green roofs and winter sowing (both wonderful in their own right!). Vertical gardens are gardens that hang vertically.

They line walls, adorn driveways, and can hang off of roofs. A garden easily reachable and versatile for what it can hold. Vertical gardens are container gardens on steroids. The best part of gardening now flipped on its’ side.

Pallet Gardening

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The basis for pallet gardening starts with the pallet. Not as easy to get as I had hoped. I scoured my neighborhood for weeks looking for a sign that a pallet was there. My wish came true on a rainy Tuesday, where my morning walk brightened when I saw a pallet lazy leaning against trash.

Although my adventure to get a pallet was weeks in the making, you can probably find one easier. For starters, you can make your own. Pallets are just pieces of wood stuck together with nails. You could even find them in the back of grocery stores, at your work, or even digging through other’s trash.

The only thing to worry about is what’s on your pallet. A lot of pallets come stained and adorned with chemicals. These chemicals will seep into your soil and then into your plants. Make sure your pallet is chemical free before starting! Look for HT stamp, this symbolizes that the pallet was heated treated instead of chemically treated.

Creating Your Garden

Supplies:

  1. Landscape fabric
  2. Staple Gun
  3. Gloves (so you do not get splinters!)
  4. Soil
  5. Wood Chips
  6. Plants
  7. Spray Paint (optional)

I spray painted the outside of my pallet before I began. Why? First off I love to spray paint and secondly, it adds a punch of color. Make sure to spray paint the outside only, as to not get the paint where your soil and plants will sit.

 

First and foremost, stretch your landscape fabric against the back of the pallet and then staple the fabric to the back. I laid the landscape fabric on top of the pallet’s bottom to get a tight fit.  Once you have stapled all the way around, do the same process again two to three times. This gives you a sturdy back to use.

 

Secondly, staple both the top and the bottom of your fabric. You don’t want any soil to come out of the ends.

 

The hard part is over, let’s go crazy and add soil and wood chips! Before putting your pallet on the ground, add wood chips through the top. This helps drainage.

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Now for the fun part…. let’s soil it!

Finally, let’s seed it up! Add whatever you want. I put in container zucchini, green beans, verbena, lettuce, and kale! What will you add?

You can also add starter plants. For example, ready to plant in lettuce, broccoli, or strawberries.

 

… Two weeks later!

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What will you put in your pallet?!

Let’s Try Something New!

It’s time to,

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I am tired of the old, I am tired of the overly used, so let’s try something new!

Gardening time is officially here. In the air, through the earth with new buds, inspiring me to try something new.

Every year, I try to plant something new in my garden. Last year I grew a patch of AAS Super Moon pumpkins. And (much to my surprise) they overtook my backyard with their twisting vines. Though, I happily carved the pumpkins in the Fall instead of buying ones from the store.

But what about this year? What’s new? The cutting edge plants in gardening, something that is unusual and not found in everyone’s backyard.

This year… I found three.

The Loofah

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The what? Isn’t it a sponge. To be honest, I had no idea where loofahs came from. Right off the bat, I guessed they came from the ocean. Doesn’t it sound like it should?  I mean people use them in the shower! It could be a sea sponge.

Much to my surprise, I can grow them from seed.

I bought a pack of Loofah seeds from Reene’s Garden. With the instructions on the back as my guidelines, I dug right in. Will they work? How will they dry? Well, let’s find out. I wouldn’t mind having several loofahs in my shower this year.

My little Loofah seedlings have started to grow in their containers. It’s about time to transplant them into my garden!

AAS Evening Sensation Petunia

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A flower is not only planted for its beauty but also for its scent. This puppy has got some perfumes coursing through it.

Petunias are very easy to grow. A flower that thrives in Sun or Part Shade, I have found that petunias are staples in the garden. They bring a pop of color on the ground or hanging gracefully down containers or hanging baskets.

Petunias are also pollinator magnets.

I am trying AAS Evening Sensation Petunia because the name sells me! What scent does it produce? Does it waft off the ground? My hope is to bottle the scent by July! The color is also supposed to be phenomenal. One of the best blues on the market, I want to see if this color stands up to the description. Does it truly look blue …. or deep purple?

 

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My petunias, happily growing in a basket to then cascade over the sides. A pop of interest at the front door.

Hibiscus Zinger

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In the morning, I sit down with a steaming cup of green tea while I read the newspaper. By afternoon, I round out lunch with English Breakfast and when dinner rolls around, I go for herbal peppermint. I have so much tea, I bet my blood’s almost half tea.

Zinger Hibiscus grows to be a tea plant. Apparently, you use the flowers to produce Hibiscus flavor tea. I am sure it will be a delight, heck even if it is not, the flowers are still beautiful.

I wanted to plant something I could use in a different manner. Everyone knows about eating tomatoes from the garden or picking cucumbers right off of the vine. Why not drink something? A nice fruity flavor to bring you straight into the summer feels.

Stay tuned to see how the tea tastes!

I think my favorite thing about the Zinger Hibiscus seedlings so far are their leaves. The edges are slightly crinkled.

Time to Plant

It’s the year of the new. And my garden will show just that.

Eco Dyeing

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A science experiment. An art form. A way of gardening. A stain, that will never be removed.

Alright, I’ll admit. This came to me when I was eating spaghetti and had sauce smeared all over my white shirt. Why? Well… I’m not sure why I was wearing a white shirt but, I do remember why I thought of flowering dyeing. Tomato sauce stains.

This stain is a beautiful red. Why can’t we get flowers to do the same? Each flower in the garden brings a unique color. Even if they are two flowers from the same plant, neither of them are alike. One can be a little more redder than the other, while another can have a tinge of yellow. An open canvas.

Experimenting with Natural Dyes

One of the easiest flowers to start flower dyeing are the pansies, which so happen to be one of my favorite flowers.

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It’s all in the technique and there are certain steps you need to take to get there. First off, you need pansies (or any flower you want the imprint from).

 

Then tap the flowers on the surface you want to dye. I wanted to make a bag so I got a plain fabric bag from the store. I also got a scarf to do next!

Tip: When taping don’t tape over other flowers! The flowers will then have tap marks in them.

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After that, it’s hammer time! Uncork and release all of your bottled up anger and frustration. Hammering the flowers imprints the pigments on your fabric.

Tip: Do not hammer too much! I thought I needed to get ALL of the dye out of the flower in one go. But this just misshapes your flower. In one pansy, I was able to use it’s dye four times.

Remove the tape and iron the flower pigments in. I put my iron on high and it seemed to work well.

Finally, view your masterpiece. Mix and match flower shapes, heck add leaves. Be as creative as possible! Don’t just stain t-shirts, bags, and scarves by accident. Show the world what’s in your garden by eco-dyeing. It’s the way of the future!

 

There’s Oil in These Hills

 

Looking Closer at Oil

There are a lot of things that I don’t know.

I don’t know what it’s like to be a rancher, I have no idea how to crochet a colorful scarf, and I couldn’t even imagine how one makes a computer. Or yet, figure out how 1s and 0s make actual programs.

I was okay not knowing these things, my daily life was not dependent on this. Though there was one thing I thought I knew. Something I used every day and though, uncomfortable using it, I thought I understood the dirty-ness of oil.

Where it came from, how it was extracted, and why our oil was dropping in price.

Going to Vernal opened my eyes to the reality of this industry. I’m writing this because I wanted to open your eyes as well. Because there is A LOT of things I do not think you (or I for that matter) know about … how the world gets oil.

A resource that I wish was becoming extinct.

I’ve been traversing the Rocky Mountains for weeks now and what I see scares me.

We are destroying our land.

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Each sandy hill is an oil extraction point.

I get it, I’m not naive to why oil is important. We need it to drive, to become less dependent on foreign nations, for plastics, for petroleum jelly, heck for lubricating your squeaky door. Oil is an important resource.

But what’s going to be the cost for our future?

What’s Up with the Town?

In Vernal Utah, the town is run off of oil. Seemingly built in a day, Vernal is the result of our country’s dependency on crude oil. Every cent ever spent in this town comes from the oil and gas industry…as our dependence on oil plummets so does this town’s livelihood.

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Vernal has bumper stickers that say, “I Heart Drilling”. Cafes are dedicated to serving smoothies if you donate to their,”Support Coal and Oil” fund. There are parties dedicated to natural gas burns. Why capture the resource, when you look much wealthier burning it?

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Doing Laundry

Local laundromats have washers and dryers segregated. Those who work in ordinary jobs and those who work for oil industries. They’re called greasers. A coined name brought back from the 50s.

Greasers are just that. Workers whose clothes are covered in oil, in soot, and reeking of natural gas. These people’s hands are stained black with shoes well worn in. I stare at them, hoping to see a monster of humanity. A person who gets high destroying nature.

But the more I look, the more I just see people working. Trying to make a living. One guy teaches his daughter how to fold clothes as they wait for their laundry to dry. I want to hate them, for their living goes against every fiber of my being. I just….. can’t.

Following a Pipe Dream

When you’re driving through the Rockies you will see pipes everywhere. These pipes aren’t buried and they traverse the land parallel to the roads we ride. If there’s a dip in the mountain side, these pipes have bridges built just for them so they can make it across. They house oil and gas, carrying it from one extraction site to the next.

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I watch out of my window as animals sniff these pipes, walk over them, and prairie dogs scurry back to their homes underneath them.

 

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A prairie dog with an oil pipeline in the background.

 

These pipes are unnatural. Even in locations, I wouldn’t think possible to get to by truck, these pipes have found a way. You cannot look anywhere without seeing one.

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The Rocky Mountains no longer look natural.

Recently, Ford did a commercial near Badlands in Utah. Badlands is a mountain area that has a lot of cool rock formations. However, the area they filmed, houses a plethora of oil extraction sights for miles. A sight that would make their consumers unhappy.

So what did Ford do?

They photoshopped the picture to get rid of every oil sight, every pipe, and every dirt road leading to it. It looks like untampered land. It looks like the area near Badlands in Utah is still a beautiful, natural, and untouched rock area. But this land is far from being just walked on. The land that is used to power what they are selling, oh the irony.

The day is lit up by natural gas burns. These pipes of fire are taller than our average trees. I can see this fire for miles, for at one point, I was more than 150 miles away from one.

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Well Oiled Machines

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As for the oil extraction machines… they look like giant drinking birds. They dip their heads towards the ground, eventually moving back up, over, and over, and over, and over again.

The most interesting part is that these machines emit H2S. A poisonous gas that first takes your sense of smell and then kills you. My partner and I wear detectors that once start to beep, you better run out of there as fast as you can. The gas will take you down quickly.

It’s gone off three times.

The machines are loud, dangerous, and an unnatural part of our world.

These machines work in a continuous cycle, seemingly never ending. But it will one day, eventually end. But for now, the hum that they emit travels for miles, disturbing the animals, plants, and the beauty of nature around them. When critics accuse wind farms of disturbing nature, they have never heard oil rigs.

Evaporation Tanks

There are man-made ponds called evaporation tanks. Not really ponds because there are no fish and you can’t swim in them, but they are shaped similarly. They are called evaporation tanks, large areas used to house chemicals in water. The water is supposedly evaporating into the environment, leaving behind the chemical salt residue. Is this safe? To me, it looks like a boil on the earth. Very unsightly and upsetting to see.

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The Result

I can’t understand how we became this way. What are we doing? Is this making America great, greater, greatest again? Is this the path that the new president thinks will keep us alive?

My eyes have blown open to what this industry is really about. I hope yours have started to widen as well. Like I said before, I do know that this town and millions of others depend on oil. But I still have barely made a dent into what truly goes on in these oil hells.

 

Easy to Make Watering Can

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Your Very Own Watering Can

People have closets full of shoes.

I have a garage full of watering cans.

They serve no purpose. Honestly, I probably only need one. But just the thought of a watering can makes me smile. Caring one in each hand, as water spills down my legs reminds me of summer… it is summer in a bottle.

My dilemma:

  1. I moved to a new apartment
  2. I have a tomato plant I need to water
  3. Watering cans are more expensive than I had thought

Really, watering cans can cost up to ten dollars. Do you want one with different shaped holes? What about colors? How about the shape of the container, should it be bean shaped? Too many options with too many different prices.

I couldn’t make up my mind.

I wanted them all but did not want to spend that much. Especially because watering cans are a huge use of plastic (unless I splurge for a metal).

What was my solution?

My own watering. This watering can, is made from a 3-liter jug I had on my kitchen counter. A way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I could make whatever hole size I needed for the nozzle and didn’t have to spend the extra cash to do it.

The Process:

 

First, you need a jug, scissors, and a plant that needs to be watered (want to plant a tomato this summer? Learn how to properly plant one here!).

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Secondly, poke holes into the top of the lid of the jug with the scissors. I made five holes, nothing too large to drown my seeds but big enough to water my plant quickly.

Thirdly… water your plant! It’s that easy.

Watering the plant

The Perfect Watering Can

It’s a small act to save plastic, water your plants, and you can get back to planting more plants even faster!

Seeing my own watering cans next to the store bought, I grin. They might not look the same, but I think my watering can works better!

Spring is the time to plant . . . Make now be the time to save the earth, some money, and get a little creative!

The Weighted Press

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I have always had a passion for art. I think my parents allowed that part of me to grow when they never got mad at my siblings and I for drawing all over the walls. One time we even drew on the car by taking rocks and scratching in our designs (which, granted, they did get a bit mad for that).   

When I am making art whether it’s through ceramics, jewelry, or drawing, I become immersed in it. It’s like reading a good book, everything fades to the background and my focus only has eyes for what I am creating. I sort of feel like nature when it creates its’ own art beauty. For nature, flowers are their art. You can see how much energy nature puts into forming a single bud. Because of this, I wanted to find a way to combine the two.

This combination starts back through time. Grab your corsets and best British accent and head back with me to the Victorian Era, where using flowers for art became a highly popular art form.

Into the Time Machine We Go!

Victorian women created keepsakes.

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Flowers that they pressed through books to keep a memory at hand. As you sit and eat your scone on a large front porch, think about it. Dried flowers held memories. Memories hold images. Images create Art.

                    Let’s take back that artform. 

I have been perfecting pressing flowers for over three years. But to start pressing flowers, you have to understand the basics.

The basics = the weighted press + weeks of time. 

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Don’t step through the time machine just yet…. keep your French dresses laced up and your suits up to par, because pressing flowers involves what the Victorians did.

Down to the Nitty Gritty

Basically, your flower holds moisture. To press a flower, you need to remove the moisture from it. How? Well, in a nutshell, you put a ton of weight on top of a flower and the water disperses outwards leaving the flower dry.

Weighted object + flower + 3 weeks = pressed flower 

To start, you need newspaper and cardboard.

Two objects that are very hard to come by. … I kid, most everyone can look up from their computer screen and see these two lying on the corner of your table. If you don’t have newspaper or cardboard in your house you can use:

  1. Paper bags
  2. Computer paper
  3. Paper towels
  4. A heavy book
  5. Pre-made press
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Caution Advised!

When using a book make sure it’s a book that you’re okay with ruining. I did the unfortunate mistake of using a heavy library book. After a few presses in said book, I ruined the book and had to pay for it. On a good note, now I have a heavy book to press even more flowers in! On a bad note, the book was more expense than I thought.

Back to the Technique

Essentially, you want to use anything that will capture the moisture your flower disperses. You need to use a substance that can soak up the water and keep it away from the flower being pressed. You do not want to use wax paper, aluminum foil, or another waxy or run-off surface. This will keep the moisture with your flower and then make your flower moldy.

The Press Flower Sandwich

To make a flower press you’re making a sandwich. Just like afternoon lunches of bread, lettuce, and turkey your press will look the same (without the added benefit of being able to eat it after you’ve made it). It’s going to go cardboard, newspaper, flower, newspaper, and cardboard. You can stack these presses as high as you want. Just know that no matter how high you stack the presses eventually you’re going to need to put weight on top!

Changing Sheets

I stress, like before, the flower disperses its moisture into the surrounding paper. This said you need to change that paper. Almost like a dirty diaper, for the first 2 weeks every three days you need to change out the newspaper. Why? Because if you let your flower sit in the newspaper’s moisture it will become moldy. Like any soiled baby, the flower will cry when it has not been changed.

How Long

Using the weighted press varies from flower to flower. Begonia’s hold a ton of moisture and can take up to a month and a half to fully dry. While daisies can take three weeks. You know the flower is dry when it is paper-y and thin.

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Back to the Present

The Victorians might have started the rage for pressing flowers but I am perfecting it. With the basics down you can now graduate to new unique techniques (say pressing flowers in cat litter). With this step down check out my blog post for pressing flowers in cat litter! Finally, unlace those corsets and throw off the suits, let’s bring pressing flowers back into the 21st century!

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Need inspiration for what you can make with your pressed flowers? Check out my shop on Etsy, NoFarmNeeded.

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Desert Walker

The Stories of a Desert Walker

Growing up, I had alwDesert Walker NoFarmNeededays wanted to be an archaeologist. Someone who went into the desert and climbed pyramids looking for ancient tombs. Then, I wanted to be a paleontologist. A discoverer of dinosaur bones, skulls, and bodies.

Now, I am actually…. kind of doing both.

I am walking through deserts looking for rare plants. Do I find any dinosaur bones? Not yet, though I’m told if I look close enough that the Mountains hold a lot of fossilized plants and some dinosaur species. I’m sort of a “desert walker, looking for fossils found in rocks, while searching for plants” scientist.

I kind of feel like I get the best of both worlds.

Are There Dinosaurs?

Vernal Utah is most commonly known as “Dinosaur Land”. An area in the United States that houses a plethora of dinosaur bones and species that have not yet been uncovered. The town has giant dinosaur statues lining their major highway. One is dressed up for all the major holidays.

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A year ago, one of the geologist interns at the BLM office happened upon a tridactyl body. This body was in the crevice of a mountain side. Was this an uncommon experience? Did he just get lucky? For geologists in Vernal Utah… No. This is just another Wednesday.

The problem became that the intern forgot to tell the head geologist that he found it. Over a year went by before the intern told the BLM office. He sent one picture of the area he found it in and a GPS point that was not very accurate.

 

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Somewhere lies the tridactyl bones

 

On a rare Friday, I became a geologist. A paleontologist with a compass in hand. Helping them find this tridactyl.

We went to the Green River. An area not only swimming with water but also bursting with unfound fossils. For three hours we scoured the mountainside, holding up one picture, trying to match that landscape with what we were seeing.

I found it. Literally, found the exact location, where it was.

… but it was not there.

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A rock slide happened in February, covering the fossil and keeping it on the Mountain. A story that is still left untold.

Though I was able to find other bones!

Just Wandering in the Mountains

Almost every day you will find me in the Mountains. Looking for plants, for rocks, even for a cavern to house mounds of gravel. (Yeah I know, not very exciting, but I did see a lot of different Native Plant Species).

 

Why are these adventures fun?

Because each rock held a secret I wanted to answer. Each hill showed me a new species of plants. And each truck ride brought me farther and farther away from civilization into the world that felt back-in-time.

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There are a wide variety of plants out in the desert. Each one paving its way into the world. The desert is harsh and unforgiving. These plants are all unique and stand out against the tan rock and orange sand.

 

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Keying Out Flower Species

 

The Desert Menu

Each desert plant is like an item on the menu. Very specific and brought out only when it’s perfect. Our first plant is the salad or soup choice. It can be found anywhere in the desert, in crevices, dunes, and on top of hills.

 

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This is an Astragalus amphioxys. This species covers the Mountains tops in Utah.

 

The server now brings out the main course. A plant that is harder to find, one that is only brought out during the right temperature, right location, and right spot on the ground.

 

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This species belongs to the Asteraceae Family. Can anyone guess what it is?

 

Finally what everyone has been waiting for… the dessert. A treasure in the desert this plant is hard to find. An endangered species many of these specimens only make it to the size of a rock. What is it? This is Sclerocactus glaucus. A protected cacti species since 1979 that produces beautiful vibrant pink flowers.

 

 

For Having the Best of Both Worlds

Archaeologists don’t get to see the expansiveness of land. Paleontologists find themselves digging through mud and rock. I find myself, traversing the earth. Making a path that takes me to plants that have weathered the elements. Proven themselves to be the best of the best.


They’re desert plants. From salad choices to soup, down on through the main course. Each plant is really, just my type of dessert.