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Posted on Apr 20, 2020 12:51 AM

The arrival of spring always makes me appreciate my garden, despite being behind on weeding, things are flourishing and new blooms are appearing daily. Just going out every morning, sometimes with coffee in hand and my cell phone, visiting with the chickens wandering in the yard, looking closely at new growth and emerging buds, even taking 10 minutes to pull weeds, is a calming distraction from the current pandemic upheaval, I almost forget the grim sadness on the daily news. So thankful for my garden, like my family and friends, always there for me to bring normalcy and quiet the mind.

Lily enjoying a dust bath where I should be planting veggies.
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And cell phone shots of new blooms
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And I'm still doing a lot of sewing, this week I'm planning on finishing up this bright and happy garden quilt commissioned for a friend, it's cheerful to work on it! Any sewing with flowers is always something I enjoy.
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I did take a break from the quilt to make face masks, as of a couple of days ago, our county made it mandatory to wear them when going out. I made almost 60 for family and friends and then just kept cutting and sewing to add some to my little shop. I certainly had enough fabric scraps, mostly vintage pieces and I got pretty good with this nice contoured design with a nose wire and I also added cotton knit ties for the ear loops rather than elastic after reading discomfort with elastic after a long day wearing them. They are a little more work than the popular pleated scrub mask style but I like them better. If you have to wear them, might as well add a little fashion to them.

My pretty daughter with one of the first ones I made.

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They don't quite bring me joy in making them, mostly because of the reason they are needed and I'm getting a little burned out with them. Maybe I'll take a break and make oven mitts since so many are home cooking and baking! 😂 Yes, I'm off to hunt for pretty fruit, veggie and flower prints for mitts! Another good distraction.

Pile of masks

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Chickens and Garden Quilts
Posted on Dec 14, 2019 3:46 PM

Garden has slowed for the winter, so just a few shots of new chickens we got end of May, three of them just started laying. Our last two remaining hens slowed egg production so they went to their retirement home nearby where they joined a small flock with a rooster. These new girls all have flower names again, Lily #2, Petunia, Daisy, Jasmine and Buttercup.
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Many know that I've taken up quilting, I just listed three garden themed quilts in the Classified Forum, The thread "Garden themed Handmade Quilts" in Classifieds and Group Buys forum
I just can't keep them all no matter how much I love them!

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Posted on May 22, 2019 12:30 PM

Made the difficult decision to say goodbye to my sweet little 7.5 lb. Penny today, she was a sweetie and will be greatly missed.
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Chickens and Blooms
Posted on Apr 23, 2018 11:20 PM

It's been too long since I added anything here!

We had a good amount of rain this winter and spring, and it really made the weeds explode. I'm working full time at the moment, (not by choice, I was job sharing with my daughter and she moved away) so my gardening time is limited and things just got out of hand. I spent several after work evenings and weekends trying to catch up with trimming and weeding, finally making a little headway so the garden looks a bit better. The garden is abut to explode into bloom, May is always the best!

Just took these shots today of a favorite iris, Plum Pretty Whiskers. Love the color echo of the iris and chive blooms and also the clay urn and chickens color match!
(pretty impressed with my IPhone camera!)

Some people have dogs or cats in their garden shots, I have chickens. :-)

I'm down to only two chickens right now, lost my Rhode Island Red, accidentally let my daughter-in-laws small dog out back and she attacked the chicken, barely hurt her but the chicken went into shock and never recovered. Died a few days later.

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Early May 2017 garden
Posted on May 6, 2017 10:03 PM

I was away for 4 days (hubby and I did 4 National Parks in Utah plus 2 stops in AZ), got home last night and woke up this morning to see in that short time, with warm temps while we were gone, my garden has exploded into bloom with iris and roses!

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Brass Band
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Sally Holmes, planted 5 years ago from a 1 gal pot.
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They bloom side by side along the back fence
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Solar Flair
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Helen Hayes and Vesper bloom together, they compliment each other in coloring but HH is larger with the warm yellow suffusion
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Helen Hayes
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Eastern Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius Coppertinaâ„¢) with deep burgundy Tradescant rose
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