Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ballarat Gardens in Spring

Five gardens around Ballarat were open this weekend, and we visited three of them today. Here's a few things that caught my eye.

An orchard with trees kept low - perhaps so they can be covered with bird-netting? And some vegies in poly-tunnels.

Bees!
Do they feed them in winter, or is there enough for them to eat?

It looks like rhubarb thrives in the area:

Wisteria:

Tanks everywhere, collecting water from the roof of even the smallest structure:

A plant spread widely in one of the gardens, and loved by the bees:
It is digger's speedwell, Parahebe perfoliata, or perhaps Derwentia perfoliata, or even Veronica perfoliata. One of those, anyway! It is the blue-ish flower in the next couple of photos.



Shady pergola:

Part of a garden bed designed to attract honey-eaters:

Loved the rain chain, loved the pebbles round the pond. But I can't say the same for that poor butchered treadle machine!

A seat with a view:

Echiums with room to spread, looking fantastic:

Berries under netting:

Waratah:

I'm not a great fan of hedges, but I loved they way they divided the sections of this garden:

A volunteer at one of the gardens turned out to be someone I'd worked with 20 years ago, which was a lovely surprise. We dropped in for a cuppa on the way home, and had a bonus tour of her garden as well.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Grand Illusion Preparation

Grand Illusion is Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt this year:

The mystery starts in about a month but Bonnie announced her colours a couple of weeks ago. Today I sorted through my fabrics to see what I had that matched her selections.

Medium to dark pinks:
Plenty of them.

Turquoise:
I have a few.

Golden yellow:
Lots of them, although Bonnie used only one yellow fabric throughout her quilt. The only yellow I have lots of is the swirly one in the middle of the photo, which might have a bit too much white.

We also need neutrals and blacks. I have plenty of blacks, and I will use white for the neutral.

But this is the problem colour:
Bright, grassy green. That is all I have - a quarter metre of one, slightly less of another, and a tiny leftover from the border of last year's mystery. So, do I go shopping for some more greens, or change the colour scheme to suit the fabrics I have?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lemon Threads

As you walk towards this spot, the footpath appears to be covered in a pale yellow substance:
There are drifts of it on the road:
And cars parked nearby have quite a sprinkling of the thread-like substance:

Can you tell what it is?

Here's the source - a street tree in flower. It is a melaleuca of some variety:
The stamens are dropping from each flower once it is fertilised, coating everything in the tiny threads. By day the tree hums with bees, and last night I discovered that it attracts bogong moths after dark. It's an insect feast around the clock!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surprise Package

The postie brought me Jane Monk's Tangle Stitches book today:
I won it in a giveaway on Jane's blog, but it had to come from the publisher in the USA.

I first heard of zentangle when this DVD featuring Jane was included with a Quilters Companion magazine a few years back:
I loved the look of some of the zentangle patterns, and actually tried out one design in the green squares on this quilt:
I'm not sure where that quilt is at the moment (in a box somewhere!), so I've had to just enlarge part of an old photo. Sorry it's a bit blurry! Obviously I need a bit of practice stitching this design, because I didn't quite achieve the spiral effect I was going for.

The book has lots more patterns than the DVD had, as well as a few stitching projects using the various designs:

I should have some fun exploring the possibilities!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wild and Goosey Times Ten

I now have ten completed "Wild and Goosey" blocks:
I've also made a few sections towards the next couple of blocks, but need to make a few more with different colours before I can assemble them into blocks.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hexagon Update

It seems like weeks since I touched my hexagon Flower Ball, (Geta Grama's pattern) what with all that house moving and everything. In fact I just checked, and the last time I showed it on my blog (which is probably close to the last time I touched it) was two months ago!
This afternoon I had afternoon tea with a couple of quilting friends, and stitched a little bit more together. In the photo I'm attaching one flower to a section I've already joined. The whole ball is now in six large sections. Click on that "two months ago" link above to see what the whole thing will look like, if you haven't seen it before. Maybe I can get it all together before I meet my friends again in a month?

I'm linking this post to Sarah's Help for Hexie-aholics, which this month is a special link-up because it also includes cats, and we all know that the internet is made of cats.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Seedlings Update

These are the TreeProject seedlings which weren't ready to be planted out in July:
Some were transplants, and some didn't germinate until winter. Some germinated in winter and then were transplanted. But now most of them are about big enough to plant.