Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Felines

Last week, several of you commented, that while Rupert looked absolutely adorable... he couldn't possibly be comfortable laying across the metal track of the door.

I agree with you... I can't see how it could be comfortable. It's a lot of metal - there are three doors - an inner glass door, the screen door, and an outer glass door. That's a lot of cold, hard track poking up...

But Rupert....
He doesn't seem to mind one jot. And it's not just that he wants to lay with his head out the door and that's his only option...
When the weather gets hot and humid, and we turn the A/C on, usually just the outer door is closed, leaving two of the tracks exposed. It's not unusual to find him napping at the back door... directly on those hard, bumpy tracks.
 And you know this boy isn't deprived of nice comfy cat beds... he's just weird.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My beauties

 Blue Girl Rose
 Blue Delphiniums
Red/black Lilies
 Peach Dalmatian Foxglove
 Blackberry blossom
 Pincushion plant
White Trumpet lily
Orange Oriental lilies
Spanish Lavender

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A fair affair

Years ago, when my brother and I were kids, Mom was a stay-at-home Mom, and we lived in the country. An idyllic little spot, surrounded by farm fields and forests. And fall fairs...

You all know Mom is the crafty type... not just knitting, but quilting, and baking and canning and more. So every year, she'd enter her works and goodies in the local fairs, and so would would my brother and I. Between the three of us, we came home with a goodly share of ribbons and a modest chunk of prize money.

I'm not sure what got me thinking about it... but I decided to look up the local fair's entry book for this year.
After a quick flip through, I found 15 categories I'd like to try to enter under. I have a few things done, or close to being done...
 Like Fairies Wear Boots for the Boot Cuff category
Port Credit will be done soon ,so I can tuck them away for the sock category.
My lovely Aeolian was knit a few years back, but it's never been used. A good wash and blocking and it should be ready for the shawl category.
The cardigan category may be just the thing I need to get me revved up about the Empire Line Cardigan again. (just one front and two sleeves left)

Of course, there's lots of things I'll need to start fresh.
 Old Shale Cardigan would make a nice entry for one of the baby cardigan... I'm thinking it would be just lovely in a Dove grey House Cat with pretty pearl buttons.
 And Chouette with some matching mitts will be a quick knit for the child's hat/mitt category.

Even with some things already knit, 15 categories in four month may be a bit ambitious... but I do love a deadline, and I think it will be fun to see how much I can get done in time! Are you ready for the ride?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can you dig it?

...'cause I did!

It took a few hours, but I dug out the whole bottom end of the front yard. Much like the front garden expansion, it was slow going because the ground is mostly clay, and you have to work around the tree roots. But I persevered. After it was dug, in went several loads of rich, black soil... and then all those clearance plants.
Okay... not quite all of them.... The Delphiniums will get really big, so they are in the Little Bee Garden with the other Delphiniums. But from top down, we have the new roses, the coneflowers, the red Susans, the new Columbine, the Speedwell, the Tickseed and the Beard  Tongue, with a million little annuals mixed in until things fill out.

I also rescued the older Columbine from the Big Bee Garden and moved it here - it got over shadowed by the daisies and bachelor buttons and didn't bloom this year. It will have lots more room to grow now .The white Creeping Baby's Breath also got pulled from the Little Bee Garden. It was getting lost under Chicago Peace. Here it can stretch its legs as much as it likes.
I  don't think its enough to compete with a few of the more mature gardens in the yards around here. But I think I still get an 'A' for effort. And the real payoff comes in all the years to come!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Side one done...

Despite digging another garden (more on that tomorrow), I did manage to finish up the first side of the wedding shawl this weekend.
It certainly doesn't look long enough ,but I followed the pattern exactly - five full repeats then the edge chart. I keep reminding myself that it still needs it's second side. And... we all know how lace opens up. This baby is going to grow and grow when it gets wet.

Of course, now the first side is done, I'm suffering from Second Side Syndrome... (much like Second Sock).. but I've got to push myself through it. Not only does this have a deadline... I've got other deadline projects in mind...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I love my calendar boy

Rupert wants to say a big thank you...
Okay... he's busy napping, so I'll say it for him....

Thanks to your support, he raised $175 for the shelter we got him from, and won a spot in their 2018 calendar. (The entire fundraiser raised more than $5000)
So these big golden eyes are going to be famous soon! The calendar will be available in the fall, so I'll see if I can get a couple extra copies and we'll do a little give away.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Maybe I do have a shot at second prize

The bus goes right by my two favourite grocery store garden centres.. and wouldn't you know it... one of them has started their clearance sale.

So you know what that means...

Roses were two for $20. There wasn't a huge selection and I'm picky about roses. While I've got  a couple shrub roses (because the colour and/or smell was amazing), I really prefer tea roses. But I managed to find two that fit the bill.
This is Apollo. I'll let you in on a little secret. I adore yellow roses. I'm not sure why. You may remember Mellow Yellow... it didn't survive its first winter, and I've been looking for a replacement ever since. Mellow was a much brighter yellow, but Apollo's creamy gold is so beautiful.
I managed to scrounge up Garden Party - no blooms on it yet, but as the picture shows, it will be a creamy white with a bit of a blush. I can't wait to see it in person

A flat of Mix and Match perrenials (10 plants) was on sale for $20, so you can bet I snapped that deal up.
I got another Columbine. Like last year's I have no idea what colour this one will be. But Columbine grow nicely here, so it's worth the wait.
This pink Beard-Tongue is suppose to attract hummingbirds. I've never seen one around here, but Mom's had them at her house, so I'm hopefully. Of course anything the hummingbirds like is usually a favourite of the bees too.
I love the pink Speedwell I bought on clearance last year, so I was happy to find a purple one this year.
The butterflies love Coneflowers and I have good luck with them, so they are always a welcome addition. This one could be red, or orange or yellow... we'll have to wait and see.
But there's no surprises with this one... a nice bright pink!
Or this one, in classic white
The Cherry Black-Eyed Susans were so pretty last year, despite them not making it through winter, I'm giving them a second chance.
 And since my Delphiniums are doing so well, I got this bright purple one.
As well as this gorgeous dark pink one!
And last but not least, I got this happy little Tickseed (aka Coreopsis).

But we're not done..... the flats of annuals (12 four-cell packs) were just $10... so I filled a flat to fill in the holes while the perennials get established. I won't show all of them, but here are a few of my favorites...
 You can never have too many snap dragons!
 I have always loved Celosia (Cockscomb) and they had a great selection of happy colours.
 I'm not usually a fan of Cosmos, but this was a smaller, more compact variety I've never seen before. I fell in love.
And finally, zinnias.... who doesn't love zinnias?

Of course, I have no room for any of this in the existing gardens... so I guess I better go dig a new one! So much for working on the wedding shawl...