Friday, 31 July 2015
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
It's nip and tuck as to whether I will get this done in time! I'm more than half-way done with less than a week to go. When the pieces are connected I will still have to edge it and embroider on the names. Not to mention weave in the ends! Yikes!
Here is the current state of the quilt! I've outlined the parts that are joined in green.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
This won't be much of a blog - just a few images to indicate the state of the garden. First however I want you to see why I can not ever get anything accomplished! This is the table where I try to work.
He knows how to be sure to keep me from accessing my books, my knitting and the television remote!
The "front yard" has a red and white garden (which has been invaded by orange flowers.) It has been blooming beautifully over the last few weeks!
There are some very large stunningly beautiful orange lilies that I will probably never move out of the garden because they do so well there (and the deer are too shy to bother them there.)
There are daylilies and daisies interspersed with the actual lilies.
This garden, based on a garden I saw in a magazine, has never satisfied me. It got overgrown, so I weeded it and transplanted some of the pinks that had become overgrown with grass so that they are more central in the garden, but it still doesn't look so good to me. Maybe it will grow into a better looking garden with a little time (?)
Finally the shot of the day is this little face off between a grosbeak and a woodpecker. At least they got there before the squirrels did!
Thursday, 23 July 2015
First a garden picture of course!
And here is the deck!
First I have to put up a picture of my daylilies. I hope to have more pictures later, but they are blooming so nicely that I just want to put up a photo!
One of the squares was badly joined and I decided I would have to cut off the poorly joined part, but I'm lazy and I took aclass in steeking, so I think I will try and steek my work into the blanket. I'm not sure if it will work, but we'll see. I wonder if I can steek this (THe cutting has already occured!)
Posted by AfKaP at 00:42
Monday, 20 July 2015
Sunday, 12 July 2015
I was transplanting my Empress Wu hosta out of the berry patch, because it hasn't grown much there and what should I find, but berries!! Beautiful black raspberries ready for picking!
Here's what I ended up doing with Empress Wu!
That is it on the right! (Yes, the tiny little hosta next to the 1.5 foot tree!)
Posted by AfKaP at 00:08
Saturday, 11 July 2015
Thursday, 2 July 2015
So ever since I visited the Garden store 6 weeks ago, I've been dreaming of buying some of that heavenly smelling cocoa hull mulch. I got this great idea. I had this derelict herb garden and so I decided my next project would be to revamp it and i owuld put cocoa hull mulch in the bed which would make it smell divine. A lovely idea in theory, but it turns out my dog loved the smell too. A few minutes after I had tossed the mulch on I noticed my dog scarfing down something in the garden.
And that's when it hit me! Dogs are morbidly allergic to choclate. I quickly pulled up Snopes to see if I was in trouble and it seemed indeed I was! It seems the mulch can kill dogs, although for the most part few dogs have died from the ingestion of the mulch. I do have to add that the jury is out. Some companies claim to have washed their mulch sufficiently that this should not be a problem for dogs, but of course nobody wants to take the chance when a beloved animal's life may be at risk.
For more information go here: http://www.poison.org/poisonpost/june2012/cocoabeanmulch.htm
The bottom line is that it depends on the concentration of theobromine and caffeine in the mulch and the size of the dog, but these are variables that no one can easily determine - so when in doubt induce vomitting.
How to induce vomitting: For a 50lb dog give 1 tbsp of Hydrogenperoxide and a tablespoon of water. Repeat up to two more times. You may want to bring your dog to the vet especially if any time has passed.
So take a look at my garden. It will never look like this again. I covered the cocoa bean mulch with cypressand sparayed with bitter apple to keep dogs from wanting to ingest any more mulch in the mean time.
After Cocoa mulch: (sigh) Of course the angles are completely different, so it is hard to tell that the garden looks better.