Sunday, February 07, 2016

Garden at the beginning of February 2016

Haven't really had much cold weather, although it has been quite wet, so the lawn is looking very green!

The mild weather has meant the bulbs are putting in an early appearance, and everything is sprouting leaves really early.

Even the strawberry plants are flowering (they might get a shock when it turns cold!)

Crocuses peeping through the strawberries

And more crocuses growing amongst the heucheras

I'm really pleased with this hellebore. The flowers are beautiful. It's one of the ones I grew from seed collected from a plant given to us by a neighbour.

Friday, January 01, 2016

A new arrival and garden at the beginning of January 2016

Not much gardening happened in December as a certain baby put in an appearance early on in the month. Little One (LO) has been out in the pram a few times sporting the latest in knitted fashion, and has also been to knitting group twice already. Contrary to my expectations of early parenthood, I have managed to knit about two thirds of one sock since I went into hospital to have her (I was induced; it took a while). Don't think I feel up to tackling anything more complicated at the moment though.

December was mild but rainy, although fortunately we were spared the flooding that other parts of the country have experienced. Everything is still growing, and the OH had to cut the lawn again just before Christmas. I am itching to get out there and get on with some gardening after being too huge to do much for quite a few months. But I think that will have to wait until I've had more sleep.

The mild weather has made the fuchsias start to re-sprout leaves. You just know this is going to end badly when there's a frost.

Our houseplants got Sciarid fly, so we had to put them outside in the hope some colder weather (joke) would kill them off.

The camellia has begun flowering earlier this year with the warmer weather.

Lots of signs of bulb growth already.

And the first hellebore flower - this is one I grew from seed!

What are your gardening plans for 2016? Mine are just to do some gardening...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Garden at the beginning of December 2015

Not much change again here. We've only had one frost so far (two weeks earlier than last year) so the garden hasn't really been hit by a cold spell yet.

There aren't as many flowers around now, but the Wisley Cream clematis has just started to flower, and is covered with buds, so hopefully that will flower through the winter.

A few of the winter flowering pansies are in flower.

As are the cyclamen.

Bright berries are making up for the lack of colourful flowers though, and hopefully the birds will be pleased to eat them through the winter. All three pyracanthas have now got their berries.

As has the cotoneaster.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Knitting and sewing

As we've had to move stuff around to make space for the baby (more like it's stuff!) I now have a new sewing zone set up. The table isn't huge, but the light is much better than the room it was in, as there are windows to both the left and right of this table.

I've been working on getting this cot quilt finished, and the improved lighting certainly made a difference to the sewing, even at this dark and dull time of year. I'm not intending to use it as a cot quilt (I thought a play mat would be better), although it was originally meant to be for a cot, several decades ago, when it was started and intended for me to use. It never got finished, so I've been finishing it off now. The light today has been terrible for photos! This is it finished, and I put it through the washing machine on the delicate cycle, with some trepidation as I wasn't sure whether the fabric would shrink... It seems to be fine though, and I just need to give it an iron. It's a rather sweet Sanderson printed cotton showing a teddy bears' picnic.

The DK bedsocks are coming along quite fast, although this is proving the most annoying pattern ever to make. I think I prefer knitting socks in the round than flat and having to seam them.

I've also looked out other projects on the go, and realised I'd managed to knit about 2/3 of the second of the Samwise Gamgee socks in a smaller size than the first one... Oops. So had to frog that one. Have no idea what I was doing there, as the pattern is written for one size, so I obviously took it into my head to cast on fewer stitches!

I also managed to find a picture of the finished dress I made for my little niece in the summer. I thought I'd forgotten to take a picture of it, then discovered this in a random folder on my computer!