27 May 2020

Growing Wild

I signed up once again for this year's Sarah Fielke BOM, it started in January but I wanted to finish Coming Home (last year's BOM) first otherwise I knew I wouldn't go back to it! I love the way Sarah presents these BOMs, they are PDF pattern only so no high postage costs or waiting! Every month comes with video instruction showing Sarah's methods and it's fun seeing all the different versions pop up online. This year is all appliqué and as soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted Autumn in my garden as the colour inspiration.  I find I am much better at fabric selection for these scrappy projects if I have a definite theme.

This is my inspiration

Our garden in Autumn is full of Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Pyracantha Berries, Blackberries etc and we have many resident birds including Robins and Blackbirds. The Mahonia doesn't normally flower until the Winter but I'm claiming artistic licence!

I have roughly coloured the sketch and raided my scrap baskets for suitable fabrics, I cut a whole load of leaves and I'm sure I'll need more!

I am using Kona Cottons in Putty and Bone for the striped backgrounds as I want the appliqué to shine; It is tempting to start stitching but I want to get the centre squares planned out first to get a good balance of colours.  The pieces are just loosely glue basted in place.

20 May 2020

The Late Spring Garden

It is no secret that I love my garden, we have put so much work into it since we moved here 9years ago; my husband loves to grow fruit and vegetables, but I love my flowers.  It's 26oC and sunny here today and the smell coming off the Old English Roses is incredible, they are just coming to their peak now and I adore them.

The peonies are just starting to come out, this one near the house is always first

This bearded iris is stunning

The Dutch Irises have done really well this year, I divided them after watching Monty Don show us how on Gardener's World and it's really rejuvenated them!

I was so happy to see my Hosta comeback, it often gets decimated by slugs but we've had a very dry Spring so no slugs!

Still no frogs visiting my pond :( I think I need more planting around it and some pebbles to give them a stepping stone out ?