Monday, April 28, 2014
Daisy baby blanket
This time of year it's very pretty in our valley. Vegetation grows at an alarming rate, I swear the grass grew an inch before I could put the mower back in the garage. The rose bush stems are bowed under the weight of their blooms, and combined with the honeysuckle, the scent is intoxicating.
We leave the back of the property wild and undisturbed at my house, and I like it that way. I think about all the little critters who call that part of the yard home, and where they would go if we cut everything back.
Last week I heard a familiar bird call, grabbed my binoculars and went out on the porch. There in the bottom branches of the Scarlett Oak tree sat a quail. Now I've seen a lot of quail, but never up in a tree, so I figured maybe he was trying to get away from a cat, or just needed to get up high and take a look around. The quails need the tall grass and blackberry thickets for cover and nesting. I'd rather keep everything natural so they stay around here.
I made a little pond in my garden area, but it's not quite done yet. It's going to be just deep enough for birds and butterflies and frogs. We will probably need to add some of those mosquito eating fish and I want to plant nasturtiums around the perimeter. Once everything is in place I'll take some pictures.
During the winter, I had cut the Meyer lemon tree back real hard. It opened up the area around it, allowing more sunlight to reach in, and as a result, a peony bush that I never noticed before (planted by the previous owners) rewarded me for my efforts.
Daisy blanket pattern: Tillie Tulip
Yarn: cream and blue - Berocco Vintage
green, yellow, pink and grey - Knitpicks Brava worsted
purple and red - Wool ease
Size: 32 x 37