Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Salvia Vandals

My gardening neighbour warned me that crimson rosellas would eat any red flowers or fruit in the garden. But today I discovered that they'll eat white salvias, too:
The photos aren't great because they were taken through the window without the flash fairly early this morning. The rosellas pick the flowers, and eat the nectar from the base. They haven't touched the blue ones, fortunately, even though they have been flowering longer, and are right beside the white ones.

It wouldn't be so bad if they just picked the flowers, but they bite through the stems as well,
killing off future flowers they (and the bees, and the humans) could have enjoyed.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pin Basted

A bit more progress on this month's unfinished quilt project:
Now it is basted:
I've used a cotton batting, which I haven't tried before. I purchased it on sale to use for something else earlier this year, but I wasn't impressed with having to wash it first. Fortunately it is a small piece. How do you wash and dry a queen or king size one without stretching or distorting it?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saffron and Sunflower

First saffron bloom of the year:
And the brave sunflower is beginning to open:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Faces

Two of the Zoo Animals blocks needed embroidered faces. I probably should have done them before assembling the quilt top, but they are done now, anyway:

I pieced a back for this quilt earlier this week, so now the next step is basting.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Flower Surprises

I was very happy to see this flower open this morning:
It means that I managed to bring a tuber of the Mystic Star dahlias here. I dug up several from my old garden, but most of them got lost in the temporary garden last year. I dug up what I could find there, but until now none of them have flowered so I haven't been sure just what I had.

The crinum lily sent up several flower spikes in December, but here's another one:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Still Slicing

The wood-cutting mornings are still ongoing. From certain angles the piles of trunks to be cut up do look like they are getting a little smaller. But even loads like this
don't make a huge difference.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gift from a Neighbour

A couple of hoya cuttings she propagated:
She doesn't know what variety they are, as they are cuttings from a cutting she took from somewhere. Any hoya flowers are amazing, so it will just be a nice surprise some time in the future. I'll have to find a nice sheltered spot for them.