Monday, September 9, 2013

A Quilt and a Garden Tour

The days are getting shorter and cooling off just a smidgen and I'm beginning to feel a bit more energized now that Autumn is just 13 days away!  We've had a stellar summer - no rain to speak of and for the year our total is only a bit over 7 inches (I had to mention this for someone I know who is looking for a retirement city with not much rain - you know who you are.)
A while back I was feeling a bit down about something and ordered this little kit from Spring Green Country Sampler.  It sewed up in a jiffy using Moda Candy squares and a pattern from the Moda Candy Book!  I immediately felt great after finishing it - what a perfect pick-me-up!
Saturday Mr. Squash and I went to the annual Pond and Garden tour in our city which benefits Hospice.  Due to an errand we had to run that morning in another city, we were only able to see four of the gardens, but they were all fantastic and we got lots of ideas!  This is a cute little perennial garden in the front yard of the first home.  I recently had an old Yew removed from our side yard and need to fill in a large area.  I thought something like this would be perfect!
I liked the way this vegetable garden was laid out.  Along the edge were what appeared to be railroad ties or something similar.  They raised the garden just a tad. I am thinking about removing our raised beds and doing the same.
Here is another vegetable garden that had loads of ideas!  I didn't get too many pictures here and wish I'd gotten more.  See the white-framed panels in the back?  They are actually screens which are covering lettuce seedlings from our harsh, late-summer sun.  I'm sure when the weather cools off even more, they will be removed.  For now, the lettuce won't burn.  They were so clever - they made a solar panel out of used soda cans to heat water in the potting shed!
This is part of the same yard farther down from the vegetable plot.  How we would love to have this stream running through our yard!  The yard was massive - it went all the way to the house you see in the background.  There was a fire pit near the lawn chairs.
Again the same yard looking up from the stream.  On the other side of the bulkhead is a wonderful, pond-shaped pool!  The sweet potato vines along with the tall grasses made such a wonderful contrast!  I wish I'd taken photos of the pool!
On the other side of the pool was this great old door on their fence with little bird houses attached!  Mr. Squash and I have a similar window that we plan to attach to our back fence!  We were so surprised to see someone else with the same idea!
Here we are in the yard of one of Mr. Squash's fellow Red Cross volunteers.  I just loved the wire that was attached to the fence and the picture on it.  We have lots of this wire that we use to make tomato cages.  I've already figured out a couple of spots where we can do this on our fence.
This was the last yard we visited and so much fun!  They had build a miniature railroad throughout!
It weaved in and around shrubs, trees , rocks and plants.
The most fun thing were all the miniature people and animals!  Click on any of the photos to enlarge.  Here we have a fellow on the left whose been chased up a rock by a bear, and a group of hobos and their dog on the right sharing stories around a fire.  Mr. Crow is keeping watch above them.
Here comes the train!  You could sit in any number of areas to watch the train go round and round.
Oh, look....a Teddy Bear Picnic!
Look to the lower right here and you'll so the cutest little fairy and her house!
And here is the fairy's suitor sitting outside his gourd house!
This bear just caught dinner!
These fisherman are coming up empty because the bear above is catching all the fish!

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour - next year we plan to try and see them all!

21 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Those gardens are fabulous!!! I loved all of the clever ideas and that train is great.

Your quilt is lovely too.

pratima said...

Pretty quilt, Candace! Beautiful prints in this kit.
The garden tour is wonderful! Lot of fun ideas especially the train and the little scenes surrounding the tracks are adorable! Thank you for the smiles this morning :)

Tammy said...

Wow, what fun, those yards and gardens are gorgeous. I wonder if we have a similar tour in our area, I should check that out as it would be fun to do. Love your little quilt, the colors are gorgeous and I'm so glad it perked you up!! Hugs.

Louise said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of the garden tours. Great way to spend the day and get ideas!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I love garden tours but haven't been on one in years. But that last little wonderland totally enchanted me. That bear catching dinner!!! What passion this gardener has, both for gardening and his or her trains!!

Carrie P. said...

sweet little quilt you made.
loved the garden tour. What a great way to use screens. Oh, I would love to have a stream on our property. The train in the garden is neat.

Quilt Hollow said...

I'd love a garden like those! I can dream, right?

Sue said...

What a adorable little quilt ! Love the FG fabric you used :-D

I really enjoyed the garden tour especially the 2 vegetable gardens ! I need to find a scarecrow like that for our gardens !

Stephanie said...

Pretty little quilt and a perfect "pick me up." Those gardens are gorgeous and the blueness of the sky is so vivid. I hope your retiring friends appreciate the rainfall total. :o) I love clever, unique, and interesting. These gardens all fit the bill.

Libby said...

Wonderful gardens, all. I miss my scarecrow.

Jeanna said...

What an adorable little 'pick me up' quilt Candace. It made me smile too :)

Love all the gardens, so many great ideas. Can't imagine all the work that went into the little train display.

Your garden rivals any one of those however...maybe you and Mr. Squash can be part of next year's tour?!?!

Me and My Stitches said...

Yep...playing with some fabric always is a great pick me up! What a fun garden tour - amazing how creative people are!

Michele said...

Sorry to hear you were feeling down. I hope that fabric did the trick and you are feeling happy again. Thanks for sharing your garden tour pictures :-)

Stitches said...

I loved the garden tour...how wonderful it would be to have a little stream running through your yard. Was the stream man made or real? I love seeing what other people think of for their gardens...

JoJo said...

What town has the garden tour? Hubby and I would love to go next year. We live in Oregon.

Ulla said...

Your new quilt is pretty! The garden tour must be great fun, the train garden made me smile. I hope you'll get the whole tour next time.

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