Saturday, August 08, 2009

The vines are tacked................

................ and ready to hand stitch down - that should keep me out of mischief for an hour or three

Then there'll be a forest of leaves and berries to complete the job

Just ignore the tails of green bias tubing peeping out from under their neighbours - I shall trim those to size once I'm stitching in the vicinity - I've learned from bitter experience how much tacked things can shuffle once a big piece of work is being tugged about and the last thing I want is for them to be just too short anywhere. A big thank you to Libby for giving me the initial inspiration for this quilt - I'm so please with how it's turning out
The batik jewel box is slowly growing too - but has been on hold for the last day or two while I've tacked all those vines

Himself is still plodding on with the back garden - the cement mixer he bought at the beginning of the job has been worth every penny.

Now that the sun has come out at last the butterflies, who have been in very short supply up to now this year, are visiting the garden in abundance and loving the white buddleia we have in the corner - the bees love it too.

My beautifully scented David Austin old english roses are having a second lease of life

This one is called Shropshire Lad - very appropriate as Himself is one of those too having been born in the Shropshire county town of Shrewsbury.

This clematis has decided to come out to play too - it's a gorgeous one with a big blowsy centre but I can't for the life of me remember which one it is - and the label has long since blown away.
Clematis are my very favourite type of plants - at the last count I think we have seventeen different varieties around the place. You can never have too many clematis I always say.
The pumpkins continue to flower in abundance - the flowers are short lived but oh so magnificent. I'm not sure who's the most excited with them - Louise who is their 'mummy' or me because we've never grown them before and they continue to delight us each day

This little fella has got to about 3" across - I just hope it will have just the right quantities of rain and shine to still be growing along when we return from our trip.

14 comments:

Gina said...

Great pics. Your rose looks fabulous

Love and hugs Gina xxx

loulee said...

All beautiful stuff. A garden bursting with abundance, pretty fabrics becoming wonderful quilts all stitched with love and a man hard at work. Excellent.

marigold jam said...

Gosh - that makes my tiddly bit of tumbling blocks look a bit paltry doesn't it? How fabulous. Thanks too for your supportive comment on mine.

Jane

Margaret aka Supermom said...

How do you do such marvelous and little circle appliques??!

Ali Honey said...

Lovely happy, colourful, photos ! I am jealous about the clematis (17 ) - they just don't do well here and die quickly even if planted with their crowns well below the surface. Still I can grow many other things so have learnt not to throw good money after bad.

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Anne, I just adore the first quilt. Your colors are wonderful. Garden looks great, and it's always nice to see a husband working hard lol.

sewkalico said...

Wow, it's going to look stunning when you've got those vines done. I just took some photos of all the butterflies on our neighbours plants - lovely. Great Clemati. Happy holidays away to you and yours.

Cascade Lily said...

Wonderful work Anne. That quilt is going to be stunning when you've done all that applique!

And your garden is looking marvellous.

Quirky said...

What a fantastic space to sit and sew!

A fun side note on clematis - my mother can't grow them in rural Canada because the moose always come along and eat them!

Meggie said...

Oh what a lovely post! I just adore that beautiful rose!!
Love all your other flowers & your lovely quilting. Well done to Himself toiling away.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

oooh that first quilt is going to be a beauty...any chance it might be at any of the shows next year? You've done it before and had success :o)

Exuberant Color said...

The flowers are beautiful. The roses, WOW, is all I can say. The pumpkin blossom is really interesting. I may have to plant some next year just to see one in person.

I love your jewel box quilt.

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiufl quilts and flowers............i especially love the first quilt.........hope your enjoying your holidays.........

Libby said...

Oh wonderful garden photos! The pumpkin is going to be a prize winner for sure.
And your vines are out of this world! You've got a beauty in the making *s*