It’s that time of the year when gardening competes with sewing. Or as we refer to it, “forestry management”. We have 2 1/2 acres, much of it heavily wooded, with two “garden” areas. We grow only deer resistant shrubs, trees and flowers as the deer quickly eat anything resembling a vegetable. My vegetable spot consists of a barrel of herbs and a couple potted tomatoes on our deck, which is 20 feet higher than a deer could reach. Garden here involves a lot of pruning, massive amounts of weed pulling, and a constant battle with blackberry canes which grow like dandelions here. Hubby has already burned 3, 10″ piles of canes.
Our Rhododendrons are a bit late blooming this year, but they are starting their fantastical show of glory. How many do we have? I wonder about that, but I have never counted them. Rhodies grow abundantly here in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, even in the wild.
The tiny perwinkle Rhododendron is a favorite, a mini-variety that languished in the garden, overwhelmed by competing salal, oregon grape and weeds for a couple years. Gingerly, we moved it into a large pot and now, after 2 patient years, she is in full glorious bloom. An early variety, she sometimes throws out a second, less profuse round of blooms in October or early November if the weather is mild. The leaves are only 1/4-1/2″ long, compared to her neighboring Rhodie, whose leaves are 4″ long.
This pink one was probably planted in the mid- 70’s when the house was built and is about 12′ tall.
This is a one of our newer Rhodies.
Oh yes, there is sewing! First up is block 3 of the new Queen’s garden that I am working on for a friend. Here is the new one, with the three together. And I could not resist a flourish of FMQ in the center of the giant flower. I am enjoying this pattern even more the second time through!
Red Delicious is now under my Tiara needle. The individual blocks are now quilted. Next up is stitching those tiny red sashing strips and the borders. I should finish up this week.
Happy sewing & gardening!