It is good to walk into the gardens after being away at shows.Even after 3 weeks of neglect, they reward me with their stalwart stalks topped with jolly petals
and unexpected colors for this time of year. I think the butterfly is an American Painted Lady...don't you love that?
This fellow was nearly thrown away with the weeds, but I saw him just in time.
I am delighted with this Lavender, named "Phenomenal". These 5 plants are the only variety that survived this year, 20 other Lavenders expired. I will never, ever plant any variety other than "Phenomenal" again.
The potted succulents had a revival this year, I really thought they were goners after last winter.I find cacti and succulents to be the comical characters of the plant world.
They just make you smile. Look at all that personality!
We are thrilled over something you may find silly...but.. we actually have a new grocery store in our area. I've been here 25 years and the only "stores" we had were 2 tiny, expensive grocers on either end of this old town. To purchase food, we traveled to Knoxville 45 miles from here.
But wowie! A BIG, NEW, REAL grocery store opened, a mere 12 miles away, yet still in the countryside. Hurrah! It has a deli, a bakery, a flower shop and a pharmacy, HA CHA! We're like real city folk now...only not. There was an enormous American Flag flying outside the store, which I loved.
(I never dreamed I would be photographing a grocery store, how weird.)
In celebration of their opening we purchased from them, 12 Autumn Bloomers, MUMS, to plant along the walkway in the front yard garden border.
The store had a special deal for $3 a pot, really nice plants.
Normally, I don't care for orange, hot pink or red flowers, but.....
Mums are pretty common, and nothing bursts into bloom better in the Fall of the year than these boisterous ladies... and in the Spring, they return!
Another silly delight I found was an ugly $10 quilt, whilst antiquing in Indiana. I can't show you the complete quilt, because as soon as I got to the hotel, I cut it to bits.
Here is why: it was fashioned of 10" squares of Antique upholstery fabric and velvet. I thoroughly washed the bits and dried them on the clothesline when we got home.
This vintage fabric has just the right look to create pincushions...
You see, it has already been turned into a lumpy pumpkin!
This wonderful fabric will also provide many little vests, topcoats and trousers for my Hopalong Hollowfolk.
My next critter will be Sir Percival, from my illustration in "The Journey of Bushky Bushybottom"
His jacket may have to be orange velvet instead of red.
I will need to find some PAISLEY fabric for his pants.
Firstly, must finish this little squirrel lady...she needs stitching on paws and a tail.
.I REALLY like her.
Thank you Debra, for the darling little acorns at her feet!
Till next time,
Fondly from the Hollow, Jeri