Tina called my blabber “musings” and it sounds so much more dignified-haha! Today we’re going to talk about hydrangeas, fences and rugs.
Several readers asked about the hydrangeas standing so tall – that’s because they have a fence in front of them which I installed way last spring when they were just beginning to grow.
Here is the fence in May.
And here it is today.
Look at this clump of hydrangeas inside the small kennel yard – no fence so they’re on the ground.
Here’s another area where they grew through the fence.
And here is the reason – a storm that came through with lots of rain.
Here are some fence sections I’m not using right now. They came in four foot sections which connect to each other with a post. At the time I bought them I thought they were pretty expensive but they have been worth it. I can handle them myself without Rick’s help and without him saying “why do you need another fence there????” I want them when and where I want them – end of story.
So back to the hydrangeas – remember the pots I planted using the sprouted canes that overwintered on top of the bushes? Here’s one of the pots I still will transplant.
Here’s the other pot already transplanted along the ramp.
If you look at the top of the picture you can see the Karl Foerster grass I planted there. I love that grass but it needs more sun so I will move it all to another location one clump at a time. The other pot of growing hydrangeas will be planted here someday when it’s cooler. Haha! Then I will also put up the same fencing along the outer side of the hydrangeas. In time all the hostas will need to move because they’ll get crowded out.
So that’s my long term plan but it’s not going to happen today when it’s expected to reach 99 degrees. I think I’ll sew this afternoon in the AC. I actually finished my #8 but it’s too hot to stage it outdoors today.
On the subject of YOUR finished #8’s – I would love to receive a picture of your project at my email which I will post the first part of August. Here’s the rub – I simply cannot keep track of your name with your photo when I save it to my computer. So Connie solved that little/huge problem. Write your name very plainly on a piece of paper and attach it to your project when you take the photo. When I save your photo your name will automatically be included! Brilliant! This has just saved me so many hours of frustration! We are going to use this method from now on. Readers can expand the photo to read the names.
And Jan came through for you! America For Me has been remade and is available as a new pattern . She also has a kit available. Wow! Thank you, Jan! You’ve made many people so happy! Here is a link to get that pattern.
Here is the original quilt.
On to the subject of Rugs. Here are two rugs I just washed – they’ve been washed many times! See how flat and straight they are even after years of use and washing?
Here’s a closeup of a twined rug. All the warp is enclosed in twined strips so this rug will rot away before it will wear out.
Here is a rag rug made on a floor loom with string used for warp. This string lays on top of the rug which is what you walk on and wipe feet across – thus wearing out the string which makes the rug come apart.
The top rug in this picture is a very old rug that had worn spots that I cut off and bound up the raw edge for more use.
So my point is this – a twined rug will last you for years and years if made correctly. And how about this – whatever size you make your frame is the size your rug will turn out to be. When a rug is removed from the frame it comes off very flat and very straight. It’s the “ah ha” moment at a quilt show! I always loved when I had a huge crowd gathered for that final step! They were all amazed!
Remember last year when I asked about those clumps of leaves on the ground every morning and we decided it was the squirrels doing it? Well, they’re back at it again this year.
This is my big job for this evening when the sun is on the other side of the house – vacuuming the outside of the screened porch. Look at all the dust, dirt and cotton that’s sticking to the screen!
I cleaned the piano room yesterday and made a stack of plates that I’ve been renting from the thrift store. They’re going back today.
And I leave you with a picture of why, if you have cats, you should always put your work away before bedtime. Either put it away or cover it! Yuck!
I know you guys are going “what the ——- is she showing us that for?” Just to get your attention – haha!