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New quilt in progress
Posted on May 29, 2023 8:30 AM

I should be weeding and pruning in the garden, instead I've been playing with these leaves from Parkway Leaves Quilt.
I finished assembling all 80 individual maple leaves over the last few weeks, making 2-3 a day.

Layout of entire quilt currently on floor as my design wall is occupied, as usual. Still need to cut 45+ cornerstones. It has a couple of vintage gingham prints, the orange and yellow. It is such a fun quilt, it made me so happy picking and sewing all these prints. I definitely love the bright cheerful colors, they are a mood lifter! It doesn't fit my house colors (just my garden colors!) so I'll be selling it when done.
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Steve's Leaves order
Posted on May 24, 2023 2:27 PM

First time ordering from Steve's Leaves. They have an extensive online foliage and houseplant collection, especially a great begonia selection. I got an order of 6 plants that were in transit 4 days but so expertly packed, not a single leaf was damaged and all the soil was intact. They looked as if I had just carried them home from their greenhouse. All were well rooted in 4" pots, several with blooms. Highly recommend this mail order company!
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May 24, 2023
Posted on May 24, 2023 2:15 PM

A few cell phone shots from this morning

Brothers Grimm just starting it's bright glow
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Cooler weather and overcast mornings really make Cafe colors gorgeous! Backdrop is a huge red cestrum, a purple Romanika clematis just beginning to bloom, and a scattering of a yellow abutilon blooms.
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Lady Emma Hamilton
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Crepuscule is winding down.
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Helen Hayes and Vesper
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David Austin's Grace
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So happy I planted Tradescant between a gold leafed Choisya and a Physocarpus 'Coppertina'!
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Sunrise is just glowing!
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Rosarium Uetersen AKA Seminole Wind
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Polka blooms are huge!
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I have to tame some of the canes of Teasing Georgia so they follow the shape of the trellis better.
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Wild Blue Yonder with Sunrise behind it
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Bouquet Parfait doing its pink and white thing
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Geranium 'Rozanne'
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Aloe maculata just starting to bloom
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Mescalero Chief
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New grape leaf
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Found this abandoned nest on the ground along the fence line, teeny tiny eggs. Guess momma bird figured out it wasn't the best location to raise them.
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May 16 2023
Posted on May 24, 2023 2:05 PM

May is always my favorite month in the garden because all the roses start to bloom. This year they were a bit delayed because of the winter of unprecedented rains. The roses loved it, so did the weeds.
I posted in the Rose forum but needed to revive this blog so I will copy the posts over here as well.

Cell shots taken May 16th of only a few roses (with an overcast sky so not as vibrant as they should be), most roses are at peak, as are the tall grass weeds! Both benefited from the record rains we had over the winter. Most roses were not pruned in winter so are extra large. I'm slowly working my way through the weeding part.

Autumn Sunset
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Teasing Georgia
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Graham Thomas, I need to tie up the long front cane to the satellite dish pergola, I'm just not a fan of ladders and heights so I procrastinated.
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GT with Buff Beauty in back on an arch
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South Africa (with its weedy grass skirt)
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Jacob's Robe
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Brothers Grimm
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Grace is just starting its flush
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Perle d'Or
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Aloha Hawaii with Roguchi clematis
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Best ever yellow rose, Julia Child
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So many yellows are prone to blackspot and Julia Child is a noticeably clean plant, I rarely see any leaf damage. Even without blooms it's a good looking plant with it's upright vase shaped form.

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Garden themed fabric collages
Posted on Jun 14, 2022 1:30 PM

I just posted this in another thread and decided to add it to my blog as well.
I've been quilting since 2016 but a couple of years ago I made a fabric collage of a clementine tree for a wall hanging, I still need to quilt the pieces down and add a hanger. It's 20" x 32".
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A month ago I started a new collage project (from same pattern designer) It's a garden quilt with 12 individual collage blocks, 6 flowers and 6 critters/bugs. The collages each get fixed to fabric squares and eventually get all sewn together. Here's what I have so far, I get a new surprise pattern each Monday until complete. Just got a poppy yesterday, I'll make mine orange of course for a California version. Green Grin!
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Found this butterfly photo online so decided I will make it different from original, almost done with that. The photo has an fascinating background, it's a bred variety of a common buckeye, see link below.
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And I also just made this separate mushroom wall hanging, I plan to make more as mushrooms seem to be a popular trend! Thumbs up
All these still need to be quilted down. It's a fun hobby, one I especially enjoy as it's garden related. Green Grin!

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