Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Yarn and plant

I have been finishing a couple of projects that I thought weren't really interesting to anybody but me and my progress was slow. 
 
I finally finished this big queen sized granny stripe blanket. I have crocheted a couple of rounds of single crochet, but can't decide whether to leave it as is, or do a few rounds of some other nice edging. I've looked online, but nothing leaps out at me. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!
 In October I went along to my local crochet group. We meet once every 6 weeks at a funky coffee shop in a local warehouse space.

I didn't want to take anything too bulky, so packed my basket with an assortment of leftover 8ply cottons. I started making granny squares.
Photo taken by the lovely Tania Barry who organises our little gettogethers...
Then I made 5, stitched them together, then a simple round of single crochet and i had a table runner!
 Each one was random but for no particular reason, the first and last rounds were in the same colour.



 This was my favourite.
 So my evenings have been filled with basic crochet, no designing. I just wanted something to do with my hands while I watched Netflix in the evenings.

My daytimes have been spent outside.

Walking Chuck...



Raising babies from seed...

Aster 'Appleblossom'

Sunflower 'Giant Russian'. Makes me think they are chlorophyll versions of Ivan Drago.
Red and yellow capsicums (also called bell peppers north of the equator!)
Filling the vegie garden with good stuff to eat.
The Bear loves his potato plants.
Rainbow Chard
Blackberries on the fence, spring onions, the yellow squash plants in the bed.
The mint is actually in a ceramic pot, also basil seedlings, pineapple sage and strawberry plants.
We need a little fence to keep Chuck out.
The orange tree might give us some fruit this season!
 And filling the front yard with flowers.

It was starting to get a bit messy and weedy. As I sit here, the Bear and I have spent most of the day out here. First it looked like this...
 Now it's more weed free. I only trimmed the flowering stuff a little bit. It's mostly salvias and pelargoniums.
 All the pelargoniums were given to me by a friend whose mum grew them from cuttings taken from her garden. So I don't know what cultivars they are.

This delicious fat rose is 'Tess of the Durbavilles'

I've shown you this one before. 'Eyes for you'.

'Charles De Gaulle'
Coriander grows wild out there now. I just let it go to seed and sprout all over the place.



 Sweet peas have self seeded through the back flower garden.
 I now have a modest collection of hanging baskets. I like them grouped together.Especially as the plants are small and not very impressive. See that 'normal' basket hanging 2nd from the right? It was given to me by my sister for my birthday with some plants in it. I lined it with the thick paper she used as decorative fill, filled this with potting mix and planted 2 gloriosa Lily bulbs inside.

How's that for repurposing? I can't wait till they grow!

 So this is now my favourite spot to sit on a sunny afternoon like today!
 This is what I'm working on right now. What are you crocheting at the moment?
Louise
Red Haired Amazona

9 comments:

  1. It's lovely to see you in your Spring and Summer with all your growing things looking so nice.. when we're going into winter and all my flowers are dead. What you call pelargoniums, we call "Martha Washington" geraniums. :-) Have fun.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. And in our Autumn, I drool over all your Spring garden photos Teresa!

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  3. I love a good granny square. I think you need to learn Macrame for your hanging baskets!

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    1. I totally agree. A friend did give me a small sweet macrame hanger with a cute little plant in it for my birthday recently as she had heard me wishing for some macrame!

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  4. Your garden looks wonderful so colourful and pretty.
    I like the single crochet edging it looks good

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  5. The geraniums look lovely.
    What is the difference between a geranium and a pelargonium I wonder?
    I like the crochet edge just as it is.

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    1. The plants we commonly call Geraniums and Pelargoniums are both from the genus Pelargonium. Just different species within the genus. True Geraniums (of the genus Geranium) are a completely different plant and look quite different!

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