Oh Friday! I needed a little break from drawing so I walked to the grocery store and look what I spied in my front garden. The very first tiniest little crocus! I planted these last year all around the tree hoping for an early spring treat and voila.
And then look, I could not resist these snapdragons at the shop. I decided I deserved a treat on this friday after a stressful week.
Have a great weekend!
We have nice things planned- A day trip to a far off value village, brunch sunday with good friends, and potentially a hairdressing date with Teddy, my neighbors cat. He needs some matted fur trimmed since he is too old and frail to groom himself- aw. I also want to start clearing the leaves off the front garden beds to see what else might be sprouting!
It really is the little things, like those times when I can putter at my leisure, over at the garden center for an hour. Pick up plants and put them back until I settle on my new garden! I even treated myelf to some perrennials, which I was too mean to buy last year since they are a bit more pricey. They include: two Dahlias( - I hope they will survive in my partially shady yard, as I see them thrive is sunnier places), two more Lily of the Valley's to add to my one from last year(- I know they spread but it takes a while!), a scruffy pot of Forget Me Nots ( I was assured they woud be ok if I picked off the dry bits, they had them out in the sun!), and some periwinkles to hopefully spread. The some Impatiens, Allyssum, Lobelia and Marigold to fill in the blanks. BLISS - to spend a few hours digging and watering and moving things around. A few weeks ago, I put in the tomaties, basil and chard in the back garden. Testing a new theory I read about in the paper- To keep away slugs, I have put a loop of copper wire around each chard plant. It apparently has a small electrical charge which slugs dislike. Will keep you updated on results.
Some coasters I glammed up with a stamp I made a while ago. I found these along with three cork circles for putting hot pots onto- what are those called? From the leftovers of a garage sale.
Also, on Friday after work , we popped over to check out this crazy race and Paul took this neat picture. It seemed very Euro, to have a bike race right downtown! It got a bit hairy when a couple of the guys crashed and got all mad at each other, instead of being concerned if anyone was hurt! I realised then it was not for fun , but to WIN WIN WIN! shudder. We went home and watched Northern Exposure ( I just got the 6th season from ebay!) and ordered Thai food- perfect night after all.
Tecchie update- I find I can now post pics if i use firefox. I guess typepad does not like safari. So glad thats sorted out - back to our regularly scheduled program.
This post brought to you by a sneaked cup of coffee. My brother is in town and we are in my studio working away and a coffee just seemed appropriate.
...one's mind turns to the spring! You all know that I am nuts abut the library. I recently found this book while looking through the shelves. The funny thing is, I took out the exact same book at the same time, so I had 2 copies with different titles and cover pages. Peculiar. Anyway, I love this whole idea because I already do it. I had impatiens in a blue and white stripe teapot, basil in a yellow enamel one and cherry tomatoes in a tin bucket I found in the trash.
I especially love this picture because our well used brown betty teapot at work has finally given up the ghost. Her handle is cracked and will soon pop right off, so rather than risk a dramatic episode with hot tea all over, I have retired her to my future garden where she will be happy amongst the plants.
I am also enjoying Pocket Gardening, lent kindly to me by one of my knitting neighbors. All three of us have "pocket" gardens meaning gardens so small and dinky that the neighborhood stray cats think ieach are their own personal litter boxes. Mine happens to be mainly concrete with a square of dirt, so containers appeal.
Needless to say, I have been favoriting pictures like these pretty ones-