Good thing we both worked outside yesterday because today it’s raining again. I cleaned up over half my plants – removing all those maple helicopters and in cactus plants, it’s a hard job done with a needle nose pliers. See?
And see what happens when they fall into the dirt? Just look at all those baby maple trees in the hydrangea plant.
I even went to Clear Lake and bought some more annuals on the end of the season sale. On my way home I stopped at Connie’s for a garden tour. Come along with me!
If you recall Connie recently obtained the lot north of her house and has happily planted shrubs and perennials with abandon! She has a real flair with garden design – my flair is mowing, I guess. Ha!
Everything grows and blooms at Connie’s house – even wisteria which I didn’t think could grow in Zone 4.
Everything is lush and green.
The peonies are in rare form this year – even the tiny little peony that I moved to a bed by the barn last fall actually has a bloom!
Can you see this wire leaf – a piece of yard art?
This is one of her new gardens close to the street.
The town of Garner got hail a few weeks ago as seen by all the ragged hosta leaves.
These lupine are self seeding throughout his particular area – they’re beautiful! I’d let them come up anywhere.
As we continued our walk around the house we came to the Joe Pye Weed plants that are only about half grown at this stage – they get huge – maybe 7′ tall?
Everything is huge and dense – she hopes to divide and move some plants ASAP – of course it would have to be a day that it isn’t raining!
Smiling Betty came along on the garden tour! Just look at that cute puppy sit!
And we’ve made the full circle around her yard.
And that’s the house in Garner but I’m going to visit her on Saturday at Okoboji and I know she has beautiful gardens there as well. I’ll take you along again!
And now for the Miscellaneous stuff. Here’s Tammy “hiding” in a box – haha!
And several asked about the table mat on the porch. Here it is – it’s Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around The World.
Sue R. said “better late than never” and sent her Harvey made from linen and French General fabrics. Such nice color, Sue.
Reed was here the day I got the package marked “live plants” from Susan Ketterer in TX. Inside were aloe plants that he and I shared. Susan had told me last winter that she had 180 aloe plants! Wow! I’ve got some room to grow my collection, I guess.
We both have enjoyed the book Oh,Scrap by Lissa Alexander.
Connie fell for this quilt right off – it’s those Halloween colors, I think, but the quilt is so nice she reduced the pattern so she could use a Fig Tree charm pack.
The name of the quilt is Awesome Land.
Here is the small quilt – can you tell it’s the same block and quilt layout?
I started making Surrounded from the same book.
I have two blocks done …… and I don’t even have this one in my Dirty Dozen!! Forgot about it. Yikes!
And now for my thoughts about the wedding garb. The men looked just perfect in their dress gray shirts and nice jeans with boots. They wanted an outdoor informal wedding and honestly, I think tuxedos would have looked mighty out of place. The bride’s dress was not elaborate nor were the bridesmaids’ dresses. Bouquets were mostly greenery. All the music played at the dance was Country as well. These young men are farmers, truckers and small business owners in a farm community and I just gotta say they looked handsome and will never regret their wedding clothes. I think most of the attendees should be ashamed of how they were dressed – shorts, T shirts, slacks – the gentleman dressed in the black shorts in the photo walked the bride down the aisle! Shorts and sneakers? No.
Feed Bags – I actually found several more of the white wild bird seed bags if anybody wants one and feel free to order more at this time – I still have quite a few that I’d like to get out of here. Include $4.00 for each bag for postage.
Reed is coming over this afternoon – he finished the hand binding on his log cabin quilt for the fair. Now he would like to start a baby quilt with the 30’s fabrics he bought last week at the quilt show. I might as well start another one, too, so I can sew along with him – no, I won’t be adding it to my Dirty Dozen – haha!
That’s it, Folks! I think I’m caught up for today. I always keep notes throughout the day so I can remember what I should talk about. Since I can’t mow, I guess I’ll start a new quilt!