I O Bette

Bette Bashwinger is my mother who was a great inspiration to me. She was the driving force behind my creativity and ultimately my career. She encouraged me to push the limits of my visions and artistic ability. She was a wonderful artist who had an incredible passion for fashion, art, and photography. She was hip and stylish and always danced to the beat of her own drum. I look back and often wonder what my mother saw in me that she didn't with my siblings. Why did she steer me to this path? I often think about her when I design. I guess part of her lives in every design I create. I will always cherish the private art lessons, the photo shoots, and the wonderful business advice she gave me.
Hello there big fella! #botanicals #fuzzy #plant #salviaargentea #silversage #furby #iobette  (at The Quiet Home)

Hello there big fella! #botanicals #fuzzy #plant #salviaargentea #silversage #furby #iobette (at The Quiet Home)

#illustration #redcurrant #ribesrubrum #botanical #plant #berry   (at The Quiet Home)

#illustration #redcurrant #ribesrubrum #botanical #plant #berry (at The Quiet Home)

Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebie #botanical #plant #hedge #neon #big80’s  (at IOBette Salt Mines)

Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebie #botanical #plant #hedge #neon #big80’s (at IOBette Salt Mines)

Ravishing little devil! #begonia #plant #botany

Ravishing little devil! #begonia #plant #botany

Gorgeous fern growing nearby #fern #botanical #green #plant #ferncurls #frond

Gorgeous fern growing nearby #fern #botanical #green #plant #ferncurls #frond

A cool treasure I found at Henry Willet Park yesterday. Not sure what it is. #unknownspecies #botanical #forest #pod #plant #woods

A cool treasure I found at Henry Willet Park yesterday. Not sure what it is. #unknownspecies #botanical #forest #pod #plant #woods

Itty bitty succulent. #plant #succulent #silk #green

Itty bitty succulent. #plant #succulent #silk #green

Summertime Coleus
Continuous bright and bold color all summer long.
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Lamb’s Ear flowers in late spring and early summer, plants produce tall spike-like stems with a few reduced leaves. The flowers are small and either white or pink. The plants tend to be evergreen but can “die” back during cold winters and regenerate new growth from the crowns. In warmer climates they may grow year-round, but suffer where it’s hot and humid. They are easy to grow, preferring partial shade to full sunlight and well-drained soils not rich in nitrogen.
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Lamb’s Ear flowers in late spring and early summer, plants produce tall spike-like stems with a few reduced leaves. The flowers are small and either white or pink. The plants tend to be evergreen but can “die” back during cold winters and regenerate new growth from the crowns. In warmer climates they may grow year-round, but suffer where it’s hot and humid. They are easy to grow, preferring partial shade to full sunlight and well-drained soils not rich in nitrogen.

Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Hosta ( /ˈhɒstə/,[1] syn.: Funkia) is a genus of about 23–45 species of lily-like plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[2] native to northeast Asia. They have been placed in their own family, Hostaceae (or Funkiaceae); like many ‘lilioid monocots’, they were once classified in the Liliaceae Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Hosta ( /ˈhɒstə/,[1] syn.: Funkia) is a genus of about 23–45 species of lily-like plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[2] native to northeast Asia. They have been placed in their own family, Hostaceae (or Funkiaceae); like many ‘lilioid monocots’, they were once classified in the Liliaceae Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Hosta ( /ˈhɒstə/,[1] syn.: Funkia) is a genus of about 23–45 species of lily-like plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[2] native to northeast Asia. They have been placed in their own family, Hostaceae (or Funkiaceae); like many ‘lilioid monocots’, they were once classified in the Liliaceae Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Hosta ( /ˈhɒstə/,[1] syn.: Funkia) is a genus of about 23–45 species of lily-like plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[2] native to northeast Asia. They have been placed in their own family, Hostaceae (or Funkiaceae); like many ‘lilioid monocots’, they were once classified in the Liliaceae Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Weigela is a small genus of about 12 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 1-5 m (3-15’) tall. All are natives of eastern Asia. The genus is named after the German scientist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Weigela is a small genus of about 12 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 1-5 m (3-15’) tall. All are natives of eastern Asia. The genus is named after the German scientist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.

Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Spiraea plants are hardy, deciduous-leaved shrubs. The leaves are simple and usually short stalked in an alternate (i.e. spiral) arrangement. In most species, the leaves are lanceolate (narrowly oval) and about 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 cm) long. The leaf margins are usually toothed, occasionally cut or lobed, and rarely smooth.
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Spiraea plants are hardy, deciduous-leaved shrubs. The leaves are simple and usually short stalked in an alternate (i.e. spiral) arrangement. In most species, the leaves are lanceolate (narrowly oval) and about 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 cm) long. The leaf margins are usually toothed, occasionally cut or lobed, and rarely smooth.

Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavandula vera; common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved lavender or English lavender)
Photographed by Valerie Mcnichols, IOBette
English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Lavandula vera; common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved lavender or English lavender)

Photographed by Valerie Mcnichols, IOBette

Sage
Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, 
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Sage

Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae,

Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette