A Little Gardening, A little Crafting

Once more, I’ve been to the garden quite a few times and missed taking the camera.  The photos here are two weeks old, so there is now even a larger profusion of blooms, plants are bigger, and I’m settling in for the garden season weeding.

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The small AFAC garden is planted and now has sizable cucumber and squash seedlings as well as radishes, lettuce, and cilantro. I’ll put in peppers when the lettuce is done.

It has been raining a lot here, often on the weekend.  I stopped by the garden yesterday in light rain just to check on some plants and see whether some seeds I planted have come up.  Things looked good.

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I weeded the large outside garden and have planted flower seeds. One of the small blueberries from last year had survived. And the asparagus is doing pretty well.

It is possible the rabbits are eating my okra seedlings.  I have chased them out of nearby gardens a number of times and the okra plants have been slow to emerge, or they have been eaten as sprouts by evil lagomorphs.  It’s early enough that I can replant and cover them if necessary.

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This little blueberry bush is in the outside garden now. It is self-pollinating and a variety called Perpetua, which means it may fruit in both spring and fall.

I love this time of year when everything is popping out of the ground and I get my first vegetables and greens and my first vase of cut flowers.  At this point, I always think there’s enough room in the garden for everything.  Then the plants get to full size, and it’s always bigger than I allowed for somehow. But all that lushness just makes me think the world has been set aright.  And everyone needs to think this at some point every day.

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The Columbine (Aquilegea to the Contented Crafter) have been fabulous.

I’ve also been making little felt mice.  They are very nice mice from a free pattern by Ann Wood. There is a little sailboat as well, which I may also make for hanging up.  We’ll see.

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Here they are, having a gabfest.

Earlier this year, I also made this little bee for a friend’s birthday.  I think I got the pattern from the Snail of Happiness, but am not sure which post!  In any event, I really enjoyed giving the bee translucent wings.  And my friend, who got the bee because she is that busy, really liked it.

 

 

I also finally purchased a sewing machine.  I had been wanting one for alterations and to make things, but did some extensive research to find a small one that will last.  So far I am happy with the Janome Model 19.  I hope to do more work using it–small quilts, bags, t-shirts and maybe some crafts.  We’ll see.

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I did so much research. So far so good with this one, but I’m still learning it. It has a nice instruction book.

But I’m back to reading and gardening and a little bit of writing here and there.  I am trying to have a sensible, slow-paced life, at least intermittently!  I’ve also been helping a friend decide how to deal with her tiny back garden.  It looks as though we may be able to turn it from a weed patch into a nice little oasis. I was surprised at how many plants I could suggest for different purposes.  We’ll see how it goes.

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These plants have settled in and are doing well, in spite of being pounded by cold rain for days on end!

Meanwhile, Happy Mother’s Day to those of you celebrating it today!  Have a good week!

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So many things are up–the squash for one–or bigger, and the irises were spectacular. Next blog, I’ll try to have more current photos!

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44 Responses to A Little Gardening, A little Crafting

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Your felt mice (and bee) are adorable! The garden sounds like it is leaping forward. We, too, have had a lot of rain, but it has stayed cool, which is great for working in the garden, but not for growing plants. I expect it will turn warmer before too long.

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  2. You should create some felt lagomorphs! The Aquilegia over here are aka Granny Bonnets – and I guess it makes sense as only recently have I managed to spell the Aquil word. Your garden posts lift me out of the pre-winter doldrums!

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  3. smilecalm says:

    so wonderful,
    gardening
    & helping
    others do
    so, also 🙂

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  4. I always enjoy watching your garden as it slowly but surely becomes a wonderful and lush overgrowth of vegetables and flowers. (I’m not drawn to those gardens that have neat rows of plants in measured strides with empty spaces of soil between.) I am sure you will be an invaluable aide to your friend with her garden – it’s always nice to have someone who knows work alongside when you don’t! The aquilegias are beautiful – am I the only person who calls them so? I had an aunt who liked to ‘call things by their proper names’ so I may have got it from her – though I believe they are commonly called so here. Your little mice are terribly cute! – Isn’t it fun having such little friends around. I see my flying pig every morning when I brush my hair 🙂 And the bee is very cute. I am glad to read you are taking life at a gentler pace – all this rushing about and being tense is highly overrated! Good on you for being sensible and doing research before buying – I’m not good at that! Still my machine is such a good one that ten years later I could recommend it heartily to my eldest when she decided to get one too. Good instruction books are key aren’t they – there’s also YouTube – there’s bound to be how-to’s on there if you ever get stuck. xoxo

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    • arlingwoman says:

      No, Derrick calls them that, too–and that IS their Latin name, which makes it easier to tell what they actually are. It was you asking that time, though, that made me remember the name. Latin names are good–My bluebells are not the Snail of Happy’s, are not Spanish bluebells…so you’re right. I’m so glad you like seeing my garden take shape. Sometimes I wonder if people will get bored seeing very similar pictures from year to year. I do love the little mice and may have to make another bee. The mice will likely go to some children–along with a boat, but it will take a while as it’s hand sewing. I do hope the sewing machine works out. I think I just need to take my time to learn it.

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  5. 40andfeelinit says:

    Great looking gardens! Looking forward to seeing how your growing season goes! The Columbine looks gorgeous!

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  6. KerryCan says:

    You sound so mellow and content! I’m sure getting in the garden and doing the fun, small sewing projects contribute to that. I have friend who LOVES her Janome–I don’t know what model hers is but I think the brand is very good. Yours appears to have enough bells and whistles to keep you busy for a while!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Like my phone, the Janome likely has functions I will never use, but hey! You never know! I think my mellowness had to do with two rainy days in a row where I just kind of stayed home and baked and read and though about weeds that might have to be pulled when the sun comes out…

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  7. Robin says:

    I love the very nice mice. They are adorable! And the little boat is wonderful too (I followed the link and now I’m thinking that this is something I might be able to do). Your columbine is beautiful. I agree with what KerryCan wrote. You DO sound mellow and content, like someone living a very good life. 🙂

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I thought those little mice were really cute when I saw them–and the boat looks especially cute for them to sail. Let me know if you get the pattern and try it out!

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  8. Our aquilegias are wonderful too this year. Incidentally Columbine was Shakespeare’s word for them – maybe why US keeps it? Wonderful little felt creatures. I trust you are feeling much better now, Lisa.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I thought those little mice were really cute when I saw them–and the boat looks especially cute for them to sail. Let me know if you get the pattern and try it out!

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Somehow, I’ve managed to send you my reply to Robin. A, the vagaries of WordPress inattention. I know Shakespeare talks about mallow and other plants, but I never noticed Columbine. There’s an island in the Chesapeake Bay, called Tangier, where people speak a very close approximation to 17th Century English. I do imagine things got called what they were similar to from home and the names carried down. It’s interesting, the naming of things.

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  9. TanGental says:

    Didn’t make the link between columbine and aquilegia so thanks for that. And I’m with Pauline on randomly planted gardens. A legacy of my mother who hated uniformity . She scoffed and rather sneeringly called it a park’s department mentality because our public parks tend to be planted in seried ranks. And the mice hit the cuteness button easily

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  10. Those columbines are absolutely gorgeous! Wowsah! And those mice and bees are adorable. Good luck with the gardening this year. If it’s not the critters and munching insects, it’s the weather. Always something. 😉

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    DANG! That columbine is RAD! We grow it only because the flowers are so distinctive. There is nothing profuse about the bloom though, and they do not often bloom a second year.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      They seed like crazy. One year I planted a wildflower mix along the fence and these plants are the only ones that took hold and seem to spread. I do love them. There’s the pink and some that are white.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        I can’t remember how many times I tried to grow them. We plated a few in four inch pots last year, but they mildewed right away. We tried larger #1 (1 gallon) potted specimens this year. They are doing better because it got cool and rainy again. When the weather gets warmer, they could mildew like the others if still damp, or they could roast if too dry. I hope the partial shade helps.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        They’re very early bloomers, and come out before the other flowers. After that, they get shade from other plants and flowers, which I think helps them. They’re the flower equivalent of an understory tree…

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      • tonytomeo says:

        That is the impression I get.

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  13. You’ve been busy, Lisa! I only like mice from a distance, but I like yours, close-up! Lovely, as are the columbines. My best wishes on your ambition to have “a sensible, slow-paced life”, at least intermittently!

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  14. I am glad I’m not the only one with a slow start to the garden. It’s hard to put in so much work then have something eat away at it. Your mice are adorable and I assume eat very little of your garden. Gook choice of sewing machine. Not too complex to frustrate and hopefully will work well each time. I need to be in there sewing too but I’m avoiding by hanging out reading blogs. 😉 Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day too.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks! I spent time in it today and will have pictures of bigger plants in the next blog. I got some kale, radishes, and lettuces from it, not to mention a good bouquet of flowers. All that work in the beginning with the clean slate is fun, but yes, it does seem things get eaten by rabbits or bugs sometimes. I’m glad you like the mice. I haven’t been able to make their boat yet, but I will! So far so good with the sewing machine. I made a cover for it last weekend and with the instruction book nearby (thread tension!!!!!) did quite well with it.

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  15. Sylvie Ge says:

    I have a janome sewing machine too. I bought the model they use in schools because I was told they were robust and did not break easily. Exactly what I needed!

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  16. Maria says:

    The Columbine is lovely! What colors! The plots are so neat!

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