Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: color, flowers, friends, garden, nature, textures

Dull dreary & cold Winter days are so much easier to cope with when you go down into my friend Rosene’s basement to find her coleus garden growing in full force! What better way to feed her own gardening addiction than to take cuttings at the end of Summer… and then root them & nurse them through the Winter! So many wonderful colors & textures on these gorgeous coleus plants! Perfect for a natural TEXTURE TUESDAY!!!

Too bad this little slice o Heaven is way down by Peoria!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

While we’re focused on flower pots for Day Seven of my “TWELVE DAYS” pottery sales… I thought I’d share this little bit of craziness going on at my place!

I re-planted this little succulent back in May and it seems to be loving its new home. So much so that it’s sending up these wonderful stalks with tiny little flowers on top!

Again, apparently my plants are thriving during the pandemic shut-down – with no special care, just a south-facing window and plenty of neglect!!!

Categories: flowers, garden

So apparently I’m NOT the only one whose cactus is starting to bloom… like this one down in Peoria! They’re looking pretty happy in their handmade pottery flower pots, just sayin’! Thanks for the photos Gerry & Rosene!

Anyways, thanks to a Facebook Fan who clarified the difference, this is in fact a Thanksgiving Cactus. Different from a Christmas Cactus… or even more different from an Easter Cactus. Who knew there were three?… not me! But thanks to Kim for clarifying the cactus confusion for me.

For more information to clarify the cactus confusion, click here!

Categories: Chicago, garden, nature

And when one is down by the Museum of Science & Industry, you should always take a few minutes to explore the hidden treasure of the Japanese Garden just south of the museum. A beautiful & serene space… still preserved from the Columbian Exposition Worlds Fair! Complete with some STUNNING Japanese maple trees in full Fall colors!!!

Categories: flowers, garden

So I posted earlier this summer about this perfect little “volunteer” petunia who decided to grow through the cracks in the cement by my back gate. And now he has a friend!!! We have quite a little flower garden going on back here!!!

Categories: flowers, garden

These shamrocks have been enjoying the summer on my back porch. But they say the temperatures are going to drop quickly overnight… so their stay outside might end soon! I’m thinking I need to find a new home for them inside today before they “freeze” to death tomorrow!

Categories: flowers, garden

Some cute white flowers blooming in the garden. Not really sure what they are… but they’re pretty sweet little flowers blooming this late in the Summer… errr, I guess it’s technically Fall.

I keep forgetting…

Categories: garden, nature

Fall berries on the vine. Simple curves, colored berries on a metal trellis against a weathered wooden fence.

Categories: flowers, garden

Okay, so you know how much I love a good coleus plant… the colors, the textures, the shapes! But these might be the HUGEST coleus plants I’ve ever seen… and this is just gonna kill my gardening pals in Peoria!!! Challenge on Rosene & Gerry… here’s your “goal” for next summer’s crop of coleus!!! Step it up my friends!!!

Categories: garden, stamped, terra cotta

Looks like Diane’s eucalyptus plant is enjoying its new home… she picked up the stamped terra cotta pot at ART IN THE GARDEN. And then proceeded to plant her own “garden” at home! Looks happy!