Mr. Squash and I were out working in the yard today. What a treat from those long days inside all winter! Since I haven't been able to show much of what I'm quilting these days as yet, I thought I would take you on a little walk around our yard.
Daffodils on the south side of the yard are just about completely opened. The smaller green plants below them are grape hyacinth which seems to bloom much later.
Mr. Squash needed some plastic pots, so we bought a flat of violas. Why didn't I save all those pots from last year! I planted a couple of masses around the yard for a punch of color, then the empty pots were used to transplant his New Jersey tomato seedlings.
Miguel mowed the lawn yesterday for the first time this year and also edged around the four dogwood trees. Last fall I planted a bunch of winter pansy's and violas under them and along with the primrose I planted last spring, everything wintered over really well!
How I love Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)! This guy also wintered well and promises already to be twice as large as last year!
We got a lot of fresh rhubarb from our friend Carol last year. It was so good that I decided I wanted one of my own. This plant was moved 3 times and stomped on by raccons, but it seems to be coming back just fine! Soon I'll be making rhubarb crisp!
In the Fall I planted Chesnok Red Garlic - a hard neck variety - one of our favorites. We removed the straw from the bed today and look what we have - every one germinated!
Another new addition last year were two Clematis, both named for my SIL and her husband! Even with a heavy frost the other night, they're going strong! Here is Barbara. When she beginns climbing she will have the most gorgeous magenta-colored flowers!
H. Bernard, the other Clematis, is having a slightly slower start, but when he gets going his white flowers shine! Clematis like their roots to be cool, so I try to place some of our large, collected rocks around them. This rock came from a fun day fishing on the South Fork of the Sauk river one July day a few years ago.
On the quilting front I'm marking my New York Beauty and getting ready to put it on Vinnie. I was going quilt it with a pantograph, but it screams for something custom, so I'm taking the plunge! I decided I'd better make some chalk markings to help guide me first. I'd rather do that than pick out stitches any day! I also have a couple of "Supreme" projects ready to show you - Stephanie should be releasing the patterns soon. Tomorrow we're off to a large craft show - looking for some fun garden art!