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Garden Update and Nature Journal Tutorial-Window Frame

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When we started our front yard remodel in 2010 I had no idea how much joy this space was going to bring to our lives. Each week it is a new palette of colors. The plants are really filling in this spring and new critters are moving in as well. Here are some glimpses into our garden and then a nature journal entry tutorial for you to give a try.

Lavender Yarrow and Butterfly Bush
Butterfly bushes, Yarrow, and Lavender – April 2012

Lavender is the main blooming plant on display right now. The bees love it and so do we!

Forsythia and Lavender
Along with the lavender is the forsythia, which contrasts so well with the lavender.

CA Poppies - Ready to Bloom
The poppies are just beginning to show signs of flower buds and they are just waiting to tip their “hats” and show their blazing orange colors.

Critter Hideaway Under Our Front Rocks

This is something new this week….a critter is making a home under my big rock! They have pulled the landscape material back and exposed a little space to hide in right there alongside my front path. I wonder who it is?

Yard Art with Lavender Yarrow and Butterfly bush

I still really enjoy watching our butterfly “fly” around in the breeze. It adds a little bit of whimsy to our front yard.

Nature Journal Tutorial- Window Frame

This project may at first appear to be a little complicated but I encourage you to give it a try. The finished project is so fun to look at and remember your nature time.

Nature Journal
Watercolor pencils and brush

Window Frame Beginning Step
Begin by sketching a frame that includes both pages in your nature journal.

Window Frame Pencil Sketch
Sketch your subject. I chose this butterfly bush sample to sketch. Just for fun I made it extend outside the frame.

Window Frame Journal Complete
Now you can add water to your sketch, a title, and a little detail sketch if you wish. Add some fun lettering along the one side…add a date (which I did after taking this photo) and you are finished.

I would love to see your version of this nature journal idea. Send them to You can find more of my Nature Journal Ideas on Squidoo. I also wrote this entry that might help you get started: 3 Tips for Nature Journals When You Think You Can’t Sketch.

Jami’s Tuesday Garden Party meme is open from Tuesday to Thursday so there is still time for you to jump in and participate!

2 thoughts on “Garden Update and Nature Journal Tutorial-Window Frame

  1. I love all your ideas! And your garden looks lovely. I often feel frustrated because we live in an area that is experiencing a horrible drought that is almost two years long and things are not doing well. But, we keep praying! 🙂

  2. That lavender is so gorgeous! I’m so envious!

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