Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Flutter & sprout

Hello, friends. Spring has arrived here in our little corner of New England, and I've finally been able to begin working outside. Look who greeted me the other morning:


Very nice to see flowers and leaves popping up outside, no? But, like many gardeners, my season begins well before the snow melts. Here's a snapshot of my indoor garden:


Here I have some of our peppers, tomatoes, parsley, and broccoli. I got carried away with the flowers this year. (Who can honestly resist pansies, French marigolds, petunias, or lavender?)

With a number of rugosa roses throughout our gardens, my Felco pruners receive a lot of use. Pruning is something that I am always hesitant to do, even though I know that it is supposed to be a great and wonderful thing for the plant's overall health and shape. Here's Dortman rose after her Spring haircut (I told her it will grow back, richer and fuller than ever):


The loom has been busy, too, despite my forays into the yard. I've been working on a few new items for my first 2014 show (May 17th, see my calendar for more information). Here's something that just happened to flutter by for Spring:


These notecards are so much fun to make and I love being able to use up bits and pieces of handwoven fabric. The butterfly motif is new for me this year; I think it will be a nice addition.

Before I sign off, I will leave you with one hard lesson learned while I was working outside earlier this week:

Do NOT try to prune a rose on a very windy day -- they will snap back at you! Ouch!

If you have any pearls of weaving or gardening wisdom to offer, please do include them in the comments section below!

Be well,
Kate

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