We’re already half way into May and I realized I forgot to post my April WIP updates!
First, I’ll start with my seedling update. Gardening is a work in progress after all! Just before planting the last of my seedlings, I decided to start some basil and zinnia seeds indoors. These were quick to germinate. The zinnias took about 3 days to sprout and the basil was just under a week. I’m trying two different varieties of zinnia, a short one and a tall one. The basil is absolutely adorable and you could smell that sweet basil smell even at this stage of their growth!
The other seedlings were quickly growing and I finally planted them outdoors around mid April. I also shared a few with my mom.
The other exciting growth in the garden was from my Oakleaf Hydrangea. I planted this last Fall and the spring foliage came through quickly. The variety is a small one called Ruby Slippers. It will start with white flower plumes that turn a burgundy shade. I look forward to seeing it in full bloom and the transition into fall colors.
Mom and I also shopped a local plant sale and I was able to start a new flower bed in the front yard. While it looks a little sparse, I’m sure it will fill in nicely! The plants that went into this bed: gaura, hibiscus, gregg’s mist, clasping coneflower, oriental poppies (that I started indoors from seed), a wildflower, and portulaca.
Besides my Noah’s Christmas Ark Giraffes finish that I shared with you, I mostly worked on my Journey of the Ark embroidery project. Journey of the Ark is by Jan Speed and Julie Larsen. I am working on this project during my lunch break and I’m still making progress on the first block of sheep.
I also made some descent progress on Where there are Bees by The Prairie Schooler. I’m hoping for a finish in May or June. I’m almost there!
That sums up my April progress. I have some great quilting wips to share with you in May. But until then, I’ll leave you with this beautiful show of Bath’s Pink Dianthus, which is the first perennial to greet me that Spring is here!