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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Germination – Leaders of the Pack

Mexican Sunflower, Catch Fly, Painted Daisy (a new one I’m trying)

All happen to be from Botanical Interests


Here are a few favorite annuals I’ve started from seed

that are leading the pack in germination.

I’ll have to start dividing soon!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bon Voyage

One of my favorite things is sending a journal

to someone in another country.

It makes me feel as though the world is one big neighborhood.

This book is headed to Lille France.

Merci Emilie! Lately I’ve begun sealing my packages with a paper posy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Recycle / ReUse and the crocheted dishcloth


I’ve recently decided the dishcloth makes the best sense
from a recycle/ reuse standpoint.
I finally tried a crocheted dishcloth given to me as a gift….
years
and years ago.
We won’t go into why I hadn’t used it
(because there really is no good reason)
but I realized the texture of the crochet actually seemed to clean my dishes better!
AND the dishcloth seems to actually reach
the bottom of my tea mugs.
So, naturally I decided I had to learn how to make my own.
I bought my eco cotton,
my crochet hook
and I watched UTube.
I tried a row, started the next row and….
started over.
I tried a row, started the next row and….
decided to knit it :-)
I think knitting takes quite a bit longer but hey,
stick to what you know.
Now, I’m not giving up on crocheting,
I’ll just try it another day.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

thistles

Looking through some of my pics from last year
and ran across this thistle.

It was growing near my entry
and I found the leaves so amazing (at least a foot long)
I didn’t have the heart to take it out.
However once the thistles actually formed
and I had to detangle myself from the 7 foot plant
every day I decided it had to come down.

Such an amazing plant.
Apparently some are actually edible,
not that I’d wrestle with it on the off chance it tasted good!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

bistro plates


I had my parents over for Brunch
this last weekend
(Happy Birthday Dad!!)
and rediscovered these wonderful plates.

Hand painted in Italy and
perfect for egg dishes.
I’m toying with keeping them upstairs
so I can use them more often.
However my old cast iron sink likes to take prisoners.
I have chipped many a plate in that sink.
Ah, may-be I should risk it for a few weeks anyway.

Monday, March 21, 2011

knitted mittens for spring


Finally finished my first pair of fingerless mittens…
if that’s what you’d call them.
Roomy, comfy and just in time….for
well... spring!

I must say, had a laugh
when I glanced at my coffee table
while knitting the last few stitches and saw
my garden journal.
I had pulled it out
to record my yellow crocus that has just begun to bloom.
Notice a color theme?
It does appear I am drawn to these hues…
Believe me when I say it was not planned.

Happy Spring!
…and now I have mittens just in case
we get one of those infamous
spring snow storms.
March in Chicago...you just never know...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Seed (finally) Starting

I’m always trying some new methods of growing seeds.

Keep hearing how easy it is to grow seeds (perennial seeds only)
in plastic bottles outside.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Recording the results in my garden journal
my memory is not worth testing :-)

I’m trying out Feverfew, Chamomile, Clary Sage,
Italian Aromatic Sage and
a Canadian Columbine I traded for
at the Lurie Garden Seed Exchange a few weeks ago.

Hmm, maybe I should have removed the labels…?

PS. I was not a fan of the egg carton method and will not be trying it again.
Apparently you have to keep them quite moist and transplant early…
My little seedlings stretched and tore from the paper cartons (ouch!) and
last years crop was disappointing.
Perhaps that’s why I find myself procrastinating this year….
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