Walk Through The Garden Wednesday: Well Hello There, Lilies!

These border lilies that I bought at Home Depot a few years ago are my absolute favorite thing in the garden at the moment.

Since I’m sick (again!) and can’t go far today it’s so nice to have them by the front door where I can sit inside on the stairs in my bathrobe and admire them out the window without scaring the neighbors.

I can also sit inside my “safe zone” and admire my gorgeous GREEN (!) front lawn which has now fully recovered:

Yay!

Yesterday I noticed the freesia bulbs I planted in the big tub and the small rusty drums are finally sprouting (woo!):

I’m curious to see how they’ll do since it’s my first time growing them.

I’m also curious about these wildflowers that are growing super tall, super fast and are not flowering over by the benches. They really stand out against the ones that are flowering and I swear they grow nearly a foot a day:

They are really annoying me so I’ve been pulling them up since they apparently won’t bloom. I am happy with the other stuff in there, it’s all coming in nicely and looks and smells great. The butterflies definitely love it and I’m sure the hummingbirds, too, I just haven’t seen any of them.

That reminds me, I have two new hummingbird feeders I bought last winter that I need to break out and fill. I’m probably going to hang them right outside the bay window since I’ll most likely be inside more than out again this year, unless my mast cells miraculously decide to behave themselves.

That’s highly unlikely at the rate I’m going but oh, well. At least the view is lovely.

Happy gardening!

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Teddy Bear Tuesday: A Tale Of One Foot & Two Teddy Bears

Well, good ole’ Scragg is off to a pretty good start now but he wasn’t as far along as I thought he was.

I was all ready to stuff and stitch him together this morning but after I pulled everything out I realized I hadn’t quite finished the basics yet.

One of his paw pads hadn’t been attached yet!

Gasp!

It wasn’t that big of a deal, really, and I do still need to work on my foot/paw pad stitching skills so it’s good practice. They aren’t easy if you want them to you know, match and look good (har har).

It doesn’t help that I’m using a really stiff material for Scragg’s paw pads. I tried to do the tiniest of stitches and make it as round as possible:

It’s so hard to get it right and I’ll have to go back and try to round it up more:

Then I can move on to stuffing and stitching.

Before I go any further with Scragg I need to re-watch the tutorial on doing the cotter pin joints though. I can’t remember if they go in before I stuff him or after but I think it’s before.

Either way, he’s ready now to finally stuff and stitch (once I fix his paw pad):

Scragg isn’t the only teddy I’m working on at the moment. The adorable little stuffed teddy bear that all three of my kids loved on and snuggled with when they were little cubs themselves (awww!) needs some TLC.

This afternoon I’ll be gently re-stuffing and re-stitching him:

Make sure to tune in next week for an update on them both. Until then, happy bear making!

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What A Difference A Day Makes!

Actually eight days, to be exact. It was long enough to finish the grassy knoll on my cross stitch sampler:

And long enough to see progress out my front window, too!

If you’ll remember, the pup and I were a bit worried a week or so ago when we realized how quickly the brown patches in the lawn turned up:

I knew I had to act fast so I turned the sprinklers on twice a day and stopped mowing completely in order to give it time to get some height on it. Height holds in moisture and helps a lawn get green quickly, or so I’ve heard (from my hubby who knows this stuff).

It obviously works because it went from ^^ that up there to this in just eight days:

(Note the neighbors across the street have an almost entirely dead lawn now!)

I’m guessing in two more days ours will be much greener still. Then I will don my respirator and mow on a higher setting and hopefully it will stay healthy and golf course-y after that. It seems to like the twice a day sprinklings, so I will keep up with them.

My green lawn isn’t the only thing happening out there, my lilies are beginning to bloom, starting with the prettiest of them all:

I just love them. I wish they lasted longer, though.

They should hopefully stick around through 4th of July. This patch started with just three little plants a few years ago and now it’s a big, gorgeous bouquet and just grows bigger and prettier each year. This fall we plan on digging up about half of them and moving them around the yard like we’ve been doing with everything else.

They are almost like children, really. It’s fun to watch them grow and then have children of their own.

Happy gardening!

 

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