Thursday, March 9, 2017

Last things first

I still need to write a post about our return from St Louis, but more recent happenings call out to be written first.

Like these wonderful wee quilts ...


that were gifted by Sue McQuade ...


whose blog Blessings of Thread is among the Kindred Spirits 

I spent some time gathering addresses for the peace pin giveaway (finding there are still some missing). Oddly, I feel a strange sense of inertia about stitching, so I'm limbering up with some mending of socks ...


and worn upholstery ...


and a repurposing of denim shirt sleeves into pockets for the knees of my jeans ...


into which I insert washcloths as padding to provide a cushion whilst weeding ...


And after weeding, I made time to ramble about, making note of spring's progress.

The arrival of golden eye phlox ...


bitterweed ...


Blackfoot daisies ...


blue-eyed grass (which oddly has golden eyes, but I guess that name was already taken) ...


prairie verbena ...


crow poison (sorry Mo) ...


and dewberry blossoms strewn like snowflakes ...


with their promise of sweet berries to come.

Likewise, the promise of more flowers in the graceful arch of nascent mealy blue sage ... 


the star-like leaves of bluebonnets ...


and buds of antelope horn milkweed ...


Then last, but best, a heart of flint within a heart of stone ...


with thoughts of Dee at Pattern and Outrage

18 comments:

Sue McQ said...

Good Morning Sweet Liz
All those beautiful pics of Spring offerings from God's garden, aka, Earth.
Thank you for highlighting the wee quilts- it was a joy to create for someone
special. I treasure your friendship.

Mo Crow said...

love seeing your early spring wildflowers happening and that crow poison is such a pretty thing, must say as a gardener I am still too vain to wear padding on my knees but they do get creaky in the cold!

Liz A said...

Sue -

As I do yours ...

Liz A said...

Mo -

I might think twice if I were working in a public garden ... they're pretty wonky. But I've tried strap on knee pads in the past and found them to be miserable on the backs of my knees ... since we have such rocky terrain, putting the padding up front just made sense, appearances be damned

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

thank you for taking us to your Garden...

Liz A said...

Grace -

It's always a joy to have you come along

Hunter said...

What a fun Spring tour. And what a great idea for pockets in your jeans. I've never seen as antelope horn milkweed. Very interesting.

The commercial knee protectors never worked for me. Great idea!

I hope you're having a great week.

Hunter

Melissa Walker said...

Beautiful! Our early spring blooms are going to be shocked with a hard freeze tonight. At least I have a good landscaper 😉

Liz A said...

Hunter -

You've probably looked it up already, but I think the name antelope horns refers to the shape of the mature milkweed pods.

And yes, sometimes hand-made beats store-bought!

Liz A said...

Meliss -

I dunno about the "good landscapers" part ... not only did I forget to trim the crepe myrtle, I think I left my sneakers in your laundry room ;)

Stephanie Jo said...

I always enjoy seeing your beautiful Texas wildflowers. Such good photos, too.

Hazel said...

What beautiful gifts of spring's coming, in cloth and nature! And Knee pockets…brilliant!

Liz A said...

Stephanie -

Thank you ... the air is always on the move here, so too the flowers. I continue to be amazed when I manage to get shots that seem to be in focus.

Liz A said...

Thanks Hazel. Where ideas like knee pockets come from I haven't a clue.

Judy Martin said...

Lovely photos of spring - we are still in land of ice and snow here in northern Ontario.
x

Liz A said...

Thank you Judy ... we will pay the price when summer rolls around, but I love the longer hours of light that we are afforded by being this far south

Nancy said...

Beautiful flowers! We had tons of rain and things really shot up...but the funny thing is we are still waiting for blooms on things that usually have 'em by now. Mmmm...
I love your organic knee pads...I bet they would help at work as I crawl after babies!

Liz A said...

Nancy - Spring in the Hill Country is a feast for the eyes, especially after a wet winter. Strangely, we have trees that are a month ahead of the usual, while there are some flowers that are decidedly late. Global weirding is my guess.