I just sat on the deck, soaking up the sun and taking pictures of myself. Is that the height of narcissism or what?
I thought this house needed more contrast against the white deck, so I grabbed a spray can and gave it a squirt or two of green paint. The entrance had also been eaten away by squirrels, so I added more grapevine to cover the damage.
They look a little forlorn right now, but it won't be long before this area is overflowing with plants, etc.
Since I had the can of paint out, I also painted this unfinished piece I've had in the garage for the past few years. I'm thinking it will look nice full of orange impatiens.
I have never seen a bird take up residence in this little house, but I have had tree frogs in there.
This little house is really a bird feeder, but I use it as a planter for hens and chicks.
Last fall I just pulled the hens and chicks out (there is a layer of landscape fabric underneath) and tossed them in this barrel. They survived quite nicely. Yesterday I just picked them up and layed them back in the feeder area.
I took advantage of the 55 degree weather when I got home from work and decided to begin removing the asters from this area.
I forgot what hard work it is to dig out deeply entrenched perennials! I removed 4 wheelbarrow loads (about 45 minutes of work) and decided that was enough heavy-duty digging for today!
I told DH to get some stain because NOW is the perfect time to stain these side panels. (We'll see how fast he moves to get the stain. Who wants to bet that it will be weeks before it's done?)
I am planning to make this side a sunflower garden. About two months ago I bought these seeds:
I will replace the soil I removed today with some of the top soil I bought last fall. I can't plant these until June so I have plenty of time to work on this area.
After the hard work of digging, I wanted to continue working outside. Something easy like trimming this butterfly bush was perfect.
People are always searching to find out how to trim a butterfly bush so I thought I would post these pics to show the before and after.
In the past I have cut it way down to about a foot above ground, but I want it to get a little bit taller than it did last year, so I am experimenting with this height.
I really don't do anything special. I just cut it down wherever I feel like cutting. For about five years now it's worked just fine.
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Little stubs with deer tracks near by.
I'm not surprised. They eat them every year. I did run right out and spray what's left with Hinder. At the moment there are still quite a few they have not eaten. We will see if any make it to bloom.
What a good feeling to be sewing the very last seam of the quilt border.
I had a couple little challenges before getting to this point.
The thing about quilt borders is that they rarely come out nice and neat at the corner.
See how this does not "flow" around the corner?
Most people would probably plan the corner block beforehand, but not me. I just sew and work out the problems as they occur.
With this border, I decided to go with a wild spikey block at the corner.
I think it works quite nicely.
I am also happy with the blue I added around the edges to tie in the blue background in the bird blocks. The quilt Gods were smiling upon me as I did not run out of the blue fabric. I had just the tiniest piece leftover.
I wish I could show you a better picture of the completed quilt top, but it's too big and I don't have two people around to hold it up, so this will have to do.
So now my big winter project is done.
I have had a pretty productive winter, piecing two complete quilts. This snowman quilt was the first one.
I have decided, though, that this one still needs another border because I don't like it ending with white. I need a darker border to anchor it. All that's for another day.
Right now I am just going to bask in the glory of having completed the cardinal quilt. Now I must think of a name for it. Something with a little more pizazz than "the cardinal quilt".
Any ideas? Maybe "Birds of a Feather"?