More Garden

As soon as the weather began to warm up a wee bit I was out in the garden digging up more grass to get planting space. Whilst out there I took a few photos, these were taken last week and everything has grown quite a bit since then, especially the weeds!

blue lupin

I know that in some parts of the world lupins ARE more or less weeds as they grow wild, but I grew mine from seed last year, and I’ve been waiting since then for them to flower, the blue one was the first.

Then the red ones started, it’s a very deep pink really and I think a gorgeous colour, I’m particularly pleased that the colour fits in well with the euphorbia to the right and the black widow purple geraniums to the left. The climbing rose in the background which is just budding is called Ena Harkness I think.

red lupin

This purple clematis is flowering right at the base of the garden seat, I’m hoping the plant will eventually clamber through the trellis around it.


This aquilegia plant was in one of the few garden tubs which I managed to bring from the old garden and it has seeded itself around, I have been throwing seeds which I collected in previous years around the garden and I now have quite a few coming up, different colours I hope. I gave Peggy a whole lot of seeds to plant in her garden in the US but those pesky customs people at the airport confiscated them, even the ones which were in packets straight from a garden centre.


I’m disappointed with my Queen of the Night tulips as only one of them has flowered. When I planted them they were all beginning to sprout but maybe our stop start weather didn’t suit them.

Queen of the Night tulip

This yellow rose was a disappointment too, I can’t remember the name of it, I have the label somewhere so I’ll be able to look it up later. Yellow roses are my favourites but this one has very flat flowers which open out very quickly and are over and done with in 24 hours, they’re similar in shape to the wild dog roses although larger. On the plus side this bush has loads of buds on it so there are always more flowers to come and the leaves are very healthy.

yellow roses

And finally this clump of thrift is doing well in the rockery area, I’m not sure about the pansies though, although they look nice and bright there they don’t quite fit in so I think I’ll be moving them when they stop flowering, but that’s gardening for you, we’re never happy and can always think of things to improve the design!

thrift and pansies

Ehrman Pansy Needlepoint

Pansy Needlepoint

I was given this Ehrman needlepoint/tapestry kit a good few years ago and although I completed it ages ago it’s been languishing at the bottom of a work basket for yonks. It needed to be stretched as it was quite out of shape by the time I was finished with it and somehow the stretching process just kept getting put off. But I’m trying to get things finished off and everything in general just tidied up, plus I’m not allowing myself to start any new projects until I have finished old ones. So I stretched it, it didn’t take long at all, and now I just have to pull my sewing machine out and sew a velvet backing onto it and tarrah – one more cushion cover to add to the many.

That is actually easier said than done because my sewing machine and I aren’t on speaking terms at the moment. When I had her out a few weeks ago she wouldn’t do what I wanted her to do, no matter how long I wrangled with her! I’m hoping she has got over her hissy fit, I’m not very good with machines – or watches for that matter.

I’ve come to the conclusion that sewing kits aren’t for me because I really prefer taking my needle for a walk and being able to do my own thing. Kits like this one, with a painted canvas are a bit like doing a painting by numbers, not that I’ve ever done one of those, but you know what I mean, there’s no scope for doing your own thing. I think they’re quite good for beginners though.

The most annoying thing about doing the pansy design was that it had been designed almost like an impressionist painting with splashes of colour dotted all over the place, one stitch here and one over there. It gives a good effect in the end but it feels very bitty when you’re stitching it. It was designed by Elian McCready.

As you can see the date on the canvas is 1992 but I think that was when it was first designed rather when I was given it. I don’t think it can possibly have been hanging around all those years waiting to be finished. Surely not!