Monday, 16 July 2018

My Secret Garden Adventure - Bigger Garden!

My gardening love affair is a long story. I have been gardening since I was a teenager with a short brake when I was a new mom. I have not had my "real" garden yet, so it has been "only" small city garden all the time. I love lots and loads, and even more flowers and cascades of blooms... I know this as quite a few people have told this to me lately. Changing places meant changing garden characteristics too -  size, sun exposure and even nature. Sadly this meant moving to a smaller and more closed garden at a certain point.

The New Garden

This spring I had the chance to actually kind of land a garden. I moved almost all my flowers to another balcony. It is bigger and sunnier and moving almost all of my plants there for the summer did not fill it. So I had some free space to play with! A garden of my own for the summer.

This is how it looked while I was moving plants - one corner with my Abraham Darby rose and pelargoniums' first blooms after the winter.  And my other old Austin roses - Golden Celebration and Crown Princess Margaretta about to bloom for the first time this season.

I also moved my hibiscus and my clovers. The hibiscus liked the sunnier position and soon covered with buds and the roses... well, they started growing quicker as you can see on the left. New strong shoots were such a nice way to let me know they like the new place. Especially given the fact it is their second year with me and first one resulted in no basal breaks.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Choosing My Boscobel Rose

david asutin boscobel rose old bloom - evening look

Mentioning my Boscobel rose in my previous post without introducing the rose itself seems unfair, so here is something about it. My attitude towards roses is "so many roses, so little space", so I choose carefully and any tip and advice I had seen in the blogs, forums, etc was valuable piece of information for me when making the choices. Thus here are my two cents on these choices - Austin roses and Boscobel rose.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Two Dozens of Months Later - Boscobel Rose Leaves Care

Well, two years after the last blog post it is active again!

These were  two interesting years and actually three of my birthdays plus two full garden seasons and lots of new things. Almost no quilts. I kept sewing a lot, but not quilting so much. And I am more and more into gardening and pattern design lately. So this blog will be now dedicated to flowers, gardening and surface design, I think. Quilts I have made and posted about in the blog previous incarnations using services that were stopped /and thus information lost/ will appear here among other subjects. I need to have them all documented somehow. However I am making less and less quilts. Which is a bit sad thing to admit. And quite rewarding on the other hand,  as I am sewing clothes for myself now occasionally and lingerie - generally on a daily basis.

I will try to use the calm summer evenings, when they happen to occur, and document some of the most interesting things of the past two years and hopefully most of the current adventures.

The whole "old stories" and "previous quilts" thing will actually mean digging into picture archives which makes me feel unsure I will get the time to do it. So to save some future digging here are some of my gardening pictures taken today. My latest rose leaves care. I am suspecting some deficiencies in supplements and working on a photo archive of its first season.

The brown-bronzy marks are the spider mites legacy. This is the third month of the rose with me and the first one included a serious heath wave and coping with it in the  smaller garden center container. These did not work well together, I have to admit. The rose lost almost all her leaves and half  of her canes. I was way too busy to re-pot and choosing the right pot was time consuming too. Plus I trusted the 6 weeks rule on the roses breeder page, but! forgot the fact they are dealing with 6l pots and mine lived in 2litres one... Thus the careful care for each and every leaf at this stage. I am hopeful on its recovery and will wait for a week more, or two,  to be positive I dealt with the mites to share with you how I did it after being advised I need a really strong chemical spray and better potting it in the ground. It was a steeper learning curve for me - heath, spider mites, some powdery dew, some aphids, and some canes dyeing... all in less than 6 weeks. Felt like rose university although it is not my first rose.

Rose info: Boscobel David Austin rose, purchased in 2l garden center container in early May. Repotted in terracotta pot in mid June . About to start blooming again this July. Buds expected to open in mid July.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Upgrading a Challenge - Cathing up a Design Challenge

I do love surface design. It is a long story - over 20 years old and magical in many ways.

I came back to fabric designs this year and created two more designs. Love it and decided to take part in the wonderful Spoonflower challenge this month. It started on March 1st. I am starting today. Eight days to catch up. Yay! Even more challenge added to the challenge. I missed these and not counting today's...
I really had too, still catching up will add even more drawing in my March!

Spoonflower desgin a day challenge March 2016 - missed days
Back to figures -  at least 3 days creating 3 designs a day. I guess hurrying up ate the missing letter on the list. Now on to drawing, taking pictures, posting, ticking days on this list!

Wish me luck! I need some /2-5/ designed created each day to catch up!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... start!

PS You can search social media with the challenge's tag - #SFDesignADay - and see wjat everyone is creating!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Hello March! Be healthy!

Hello! I was doing some of my favourite things during the last month and a half. I was drawing, sewing, walking and then repeating them again. This kept me really busy. However I have another great reason to say hello now. It is the best time to say hello as it is the perfect time to wish someone good health in the beginning of March. So here I am to wish you the best of health!

February blooming!

It was a really short winter so far. We had the first butterflies in January and really big ones in February. The trees are blooming and some of their blooms have already faded. We welcomed March 1st with Baba Martha and martenitzas - this is the good health thing!  /you can find detail on it here/ and the National holiday on March 3rd, so I am finally utilizing a loooong 4-days weekend to come here and say "hello".

I am running behind some things on the scheduled to-do lists lately and I am partly catching up, partly relaxing this weekend. I am about to challenge myself with some new projects too. I just need to get the things already scheduled done. In the mean time, feel free to come and say hello on my new lingerie blog.

How is your late winter going? Does it feel like winter?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A Weekend of Greys Before a Week of Colour

We had another gloomy weekend. And it turned into snowy evening. Again. Just like the one two weeks ago. I wish we will have a functioning city tomorrow. Unlike the one two weeks ago.

I did not bake, did not knit, did not paint my nails, did not read books, did not spent time with the flowers... Still it was a nice weekend. I managed to take some pictures in a rear almost light moment. It is amazing what makes us happy on a weekend sometimes! Well, this wasn't the only happy thing for sure.

spring on a cutting table - new fabris in the studio

And here are the fabrics, I bought this Friday and will be playing with next week!

Happy new week!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Colour Splashes - Fabric and Knickers

I am lucky to have brigth fabrics around me. And I am even more lucky to have customers buying some of it.

I showed you two little bundles yesterday and today I will show you another combo I love!

fat quarter bundles of fabric in blue and green

It is one of my favourite! The khaki on top makes the rest a bit muted on this picture

And look what I was sewing today!

pinup retro knickers in yellow satin and ecru mesh

Yay, lingerie! Retro, happy, yellow satin pinup knickers!