In general, I choose one floss color and then just work with that before putting it aside for the day. Today, it was the lighter of the two golds. That meant putting the hair on my Quilting Snow Lady. I talked in a previous blog post about "fringe stitch" and my confusion about the proper way to do it. As it turns out, I should have looked at that blog post again because I did today's hair wrong.
Yes, it looks okay, and it should be fine. I did give it a tug after trimming the threads to be sure it won't come undone. The challenge with this stitch is making sure the loops of floss are dense enough to give her enough hair. She would be mortified if she had bald patches, as any woman would. Then, she'd have to resort to getting some sort of body perm, and well, I just don't think it would be a good idea for her to sit under the hair dryer, do you? Anyway, she has her doo now, and so she should be happy. Also, I started hand sewing the binding on the Divine Promises quilt. I have it nearly half way around now, so I should have that finished in no time.
By that time, the sun had come out, and so I decided to spend some time outside. Actually, I spent most of the time in the greenhouse, but I had the door and window open, so it was a lot like being outside. It certainly was warm in the greenhouse! I guess that's kind of the point. Anyway, I repotted the largest of the tomatoes and gave them tomato cages.
The smaller tomatoes are still not large enough to require repotting, but they will be in less than two weeks, I imagine.
Those black cords you see hanging down are for the drip irrigation system Mike rigged up last year. He'll need to get it going before we take off for the weekend. I feign ignorance on all things sprinkler. Besides (and my feminist friends will hate me for this), I think men are biologically superior to women when it comes to sprinkling. And if you don't believe me, just go on a hike with a man some time. I guarantee you'll come back with "sprinkler envy". And if you don't, I'm saying you just didn't drink enough water.
Let's see...what else did I do? Oh yes, even the smaller tomatoes got nice new stakes. Also, I repotted the dill and the basil. I sort of propped up the dill with a bamboo skewer. As much as I have exhorted it to stand up and fight, it still leans over as if its been beaten. Sheesh. I've never seen such wimpy dill. I might have to give it a proper stake if it doesn't straighten up on its own.
Also, despite my neglect of the rosemary, it continues to thrive. Today I rewarded its heroism with a brand new pot. It was so terribly root bound in its old pot that I feared what might happen if I took it out. And taking it out was quite a challenge too. It clung on for dear life (perhaps literally for dear life). For now, it's seated on the ground with the tomatoes, but I will move it outside the greenhouse for the summer eventually.
Here's the thing: I have tried and tried and tried to grow rosemary. It always dies when I plant it in the herb garden. I finally gave up and put a little plant in the greenhouse that I could use culinarily. Over the winter, I almost completely abandoned it. It got no water for months. None. Nevertheless, it bloomed away this spring and acted as if it had completely forgiven me for treating it so badly. Then, I allowed it to get root bound way past the point of good taste. Still, it continued to thrive. I have half expected some sort of Rosemary Rescue Association (RRA to you) to come and remove it from our home for plant endangerment, but so far nothing. I figure now that I've given it a little TLC, it will promptly die. Anyone want to place a wager?
Here's my one lonely red leaf lettuce plant. As I said in a previous post, I replanted some of the seeds a few days ago. Perhaps now we can have some red leaf lettuce??? Third time's a charm, right? Either that, or three strikes and you're out.
But look at my beautiful green leaf butter lettuce! It's doing beautifully. This week, it is on the menu.
Can you stand a few more pictures of iris? Honestly, they are so beautiful right now that they practically take my breath away.
This yellow one is still tantalizingly close to opening. I can't be sure it isn't the same as the apricot ones that are already open, but I don't recall those being this sunny yellow as buds. I can't wait to see what I get when it opens.
Remember when I weeded and cleaned up the herb garden about a month ago? Here's what it looked like then.
It's all growing and filling in now, and it's looking so pretty. This image is taken standing at the other end, obviously, but I'm always surprised how pretty it looks once things get going for the season. For just a little bit of effort, it's a great garden, and there are few things any more gratifying that having fresh herbs for cooking that I have grown myself.
But here is the most thrilling moment of the day. I noticed that the plum tree is absolutely loaded with plums!
I talked last year in this blog post about our plum tree desires and my theories about fruit production. I hoped that we would get enough for me to make plum chutney, but it wasn't meant to be. By nature (I think), a fruit tree will shed a good portion of its fruit, and last year, I ended up buying plums at the Farmer's Market (because I was determined to make the plum chutney). This year, seeing maybe four times as many plums as last year, I'm hopeful that this just might be the year I can make the chutney from my own plums. Wouldn't that be thrilling? Yeah, I am easily amused. Besides, my life is boring, and so plums on the plum tree? Whoa! I need to sit down before I have a heart attack or something.
So with that, I took one more stroll around the yard before coming inside. The rhododendrons have mostly done their thing, but these two are the last to bloom. They are so pretty right now.
The one in the background to the left is the dark purple one, which is definitely my favorite rhodie in the garden. The sun is a little bright, and so this image doesn't do its color justice. It's dark purple like my darkest purple iris. So pretty.
Also, this magnificent bright red azalea is in full flower right now. Most everything in our garden is pink, lavender, and purple, and so this bright red azalea is always a show stopper when it blooms.
And now it's time for me to do some machine sewing. I'm going to try to get the May block for the Hello Moon QAL done today. I think I'll work on a few other blocks before starting my May NewFO. Tomorrow, I'm going down to Salem with my quilting buddy Pat to pick up a few fabrics I need for that project.
I'm having a lovely day here at the Three Cats Ranch. I hope your day is lovely too.