Spring Growth in the Flowerbeds

Last week, we took some time to work in the garden. We’re making it a yearly routine to purchase a delivered mulch drop from our city, as Spring is a great time to prep the beds in preparation of the Summer heat.

To the east side of our house we have two crape myrtle trees that get morning to afternoon sun, then shade. As of last year, we’ve been laying mulch here to help the soil soften up. I cleaned up the edges of the bed, removing weeds, and decided to add Coral Bells here. We still need to add gutters to the house, so I didn’t want to plant too many. I hope they do well here as I hope to add more to this space.

Here I planted three Obsidian Coral Bells. They will grow 18-24″ H x 16-18″ W and bloom through the spring and summer seasons.

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Next, we re-mulched the front garden bed. I’ve had these plants for a couple of years now and they’re doing well. Still growing, with blooms around the corner. In This bed I have Coreopsis, Gaura lindheimeri, Dianthus (which is already in bloom), Autumn Sage, Verbena, Big Red Sage, Evening Primrose, Santolina, Penstemon, and Yarrow. I recently tucked in some annual salvia splendens to add some early splashes of color. I’ve spotted some red blooms from Autumn Sage and pink buds from Penstemon. Looking forward to sharing their blooms with you as I see more. The Dianthus blooms are so fragrant, that I took some cuttings into the kitchen. Just walking into the space and you can smell the sweet fragrance from just three little blooms. My Verbena was growing out of control and I was dealing with a lot of old wood growth underneath newer wood growth. I’m not sure how to keep it pruned, but decided to take as much of the old dead wood out as I could. She’s a little bare, but I can already see some new green growth and purple blooms.

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The last gardening task we accomplished was creating a new flowerbed at the corner of our lot. This space needs drought tolerant, sun loving plants. Little right now, but we plan on extending this size of this bed. Digging a new bed that hasn’t been prepped is a major task! I can’t tell you how sore I was when I woke up the next morning! After adding some soil amendments, we planted Mexican Feathergrass and April Night Salvia. The feathergrass will grow 24″H x 18″W and the salvia will grow 12-15″H x 12-18″W.

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By the next day we already had some pollinating bees enjoying the salvia blooms. The next plan would be to extend the back of this bed with a raised bed to add some height. I’m thinking Red Yucca would look nice and then border the bed with stones.

This weekend I hope to get our backyard veggie/fruit garden beds replanted. Maybe some more coral bells for the very back where I have another crape myrtle and shady spots. We’ve been composting in a particular spot back there under the crape myrtle and it’s time to move the bin into a new spot and utilize the now fertile ground.

SAL Update 3.12

Hello Friends, it’s that time again to share with you my stitching update!

A couple of weekends ago, mom and I had a hand sewing get together. She worked on her Karen Buckley applique, which I should of snapped some pictures of, and I continued on my Winnie the Pooh cross stitch. I noticed there was a lot of black stitching and so I decided to continue the outlining and create myself a “coloring page”.

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This allowed me to move on to a 3rd page of the pattern, which is just a little bit left to finish Pooh’s tummy. I think I’ll spend some time today doing just that!

Yesterday was also a great day spent at the Dallas Quilt Show and I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures.

My best friend Becky on the left, me in the middle, and mom on the right ❤

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We all got some great goodies! The sign above is so true 🙂 The double gauze kit with the cute little animals has been on my want list since I spotted it at the International Quilt Show, but it was being used in a demo and not for sell. So happy I spotted it along with the floral single gauze to the right of it. I also bought some neutral 1/2 yard selections with more cute animal prints. Instead of a pattern, I bought Simply Moderne magazine, which has some amazing patterns I can’t wait to try!

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Now for some more coffee in my cup and some blog hopping to see what the rest of the group is stitching up!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine

Fabric Swap Batik Quilt

A UFO complete! Feeling accomplished, isn’t that a great feeling?! This quilt top was may be the third quilt I ever pieced, but for some reason I moved onto another project. I loved it when I saw it at the quilt show. It was at a Hearts for Holly booth… All the patterns had a completed quilt example and you could grab from a variety of pre-selected fabric kits that would fit that pattern. I loved the example as is, the pattern and the fabric selection. It was my birthday and mom bought me the kit as a gift to me ❤ I believe it was the last kit with that fabric too!

3 years later and this top needed to be complete! I finally visited a batik shop in my area (also after 3 years of living so close to it!) and found the same fish print fabric. I bought enough for a thin border and binding. I also needed backing fabric and found a lovely brown and black print with blue dots. This quilt needed a splash of color somewhere! Batiks are beautiful, but not my favorite fabric. After making this quilt, I discovered that batik fabric can be rather rough. However, this backing fabric is a batik from Robert Kaufman fabrics and it’s amazingly soft! If I make another batik quilt, which I will, it will mostly be Robert Kaufman selections 🙂 The kitty panel fabric I bought at last year’s quilt show is saturated in pink and purple hues — I think this would turn into a beautiful batik quilt! Those colors just pull you in at a batik shop!

As the name suggests, I paired contrasting prints together. Cut strips of various widths and made some Fabric Swap blocks. If you take a closer look you will find fish prints, rabbit prints, leaf prints, and some words like “Serenity” and “Courage”. I stitched in the ditch for the quilting finish.



This quilt has made it’s way into the living room and will live on the couch for a while. So far, it’s been a nice quilt to snuggle with. It’s lap size, around 44″x64″. Of course the cats are loving it too…they always love a new quilt, not sure why 🙂

A humorous image of Neko and Petey that I wanted to share with you. Life of a cat, they always prefer a snug fit. A big comfy bean bag or a little cozy pillow bed? I bought this little bed when Neko was a kitten and she didn’t care for it for years! When I adopted Petey, it soon became his. Now all of a sudden, it interests Neko…