I just got home from work for the day and had an idea. (It happens.)
I have been enjoying lots of blogger posts brimming with excitement as their gardens come to life with crocus, snowdrops and daffodils.
So…why not share a little stroll around my garden?
March, when days are getting long, Let thy growing hours be strong to set right some wintry wrong. –Caroline May
My father was often impatient during March, waiting for winter to end, the cold to ease, the sun to reappear. March was an unpredictable month, when it was never clear what might happen. Warm days raised hopes until ice and grey skies shut over the town again. –Tracy Chevalier
I wanted something to do just for the fun of it. Something easy; something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.
So I made these.
The cute little boxes will make nice gifts, once I decide what to fill them with.
I was going to share some wonderful photos of the last of my blooming garden flowers…purple asters.
But there was some shenanigans going on, and I never got to take those photos.
One day I have blossoms, and the next day, they are somebody’s salad.
Nevertheless, I can share a photo of some fabulous fall color.
And a close-up…just because it is so pretty.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. “
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ―
“The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.”
Posted in Gardening, Photo Gallery
Tagged Albert Camus, autumn, Chrysanthemum, fall, garden, Jim Bishop, John Greenleaf Whittier, LCsCottage, Maple Leaf, nature photography
I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself. — Alice Sebold
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. — Greek proverb
Posted in Gardening, Nature, Photo Gallery
Tagged Alice Sebold, daisy, Delphinium, flowers, garden, LCsCottage, lily, nature photography, Peace rose, rose
So Scrappy announced the Rainbow Scrap colors of the month as aqua and turquoise.
I think my blocks are more of a teal since the blues have a green tinge to them, but they look good:
I am following a two self-imposed rules.
I intend to use scraps only; I don’t want to cut into yardage for these blocks.
I am also using a dark, medium and light version of the color of the month. This is so I can play with value. This gives me the opportunity to see how the blocks differ depending upon where the value is placed. Hopefully, I am learning how to look at a block in different ways.
As blocks are added, I am getting excited about the Squared Away Sampler!
I am considering an on point setting with narrow sashing and cornerstones, but haven’t made up my mind yet. I will wait and see what So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter have in store for us.
I will be linking up with So Scrappy. Check out the link and see what others have done with pink and rose this month!
If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project click on the link to read all about it. You can also visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making the blocks. No need to make the 5″ block size that I am making. Perhaps you want to make a 20″ block or something in between!
Learn about a variety of blocks, use those scraps and have fun!
How about a stroll in the garden?
Posted in Quilts
Tagged allium, aqua, flowers, foxglove, garden, LCsCottage, peony, rose, RSC18, So Scrappy, Squared Away Sampler, teal, The Academic Quilter, turquoise
“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
– John Galsworthy
Hubby took his little pocket camera out to the garden and I thought I would share a few of his finds with you.
This little fella was very willing to pose.
He is only about 2 inches in size, and oh, so cute!
Lots of his friends and relatives live here, and I am happy to see them!
These photos are all of the same little guy; I just couldn’t decide which pose to share, so I’m sharing several.
“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale
The next photo looks like Autumn, but it is indeed a red maple in spring.
The peonies are showing a gorgeous blush!
And the bees are happily buzzing and gathering around the allium.
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
– Susan J. Bissonette
“Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.”
– Mary Webb
*Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged view.
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Tagged allium, Edwin Way Teale, frog, garden, John Galsworthy, LCsCottage, Mary Webb, optimism, peony, red maple, spring, Susan Bissonette, toad
What calendar is there beneath the soil
Its days crossed darkly off year after year?
What dreams of sun?
What longing for the other to complete it
Until by some mystery it wakes and struggles upward
Emerging at last, shedding the stiff brown nightshirt
Big eyed and bumbling, dazzled by light and air
New to wings and the freedom of flight
Its stuttering song a proof of life
after so long a silence. -Sally Zakariya
*Clicking on a photo will give an enlarged view.