Monday, November 20, 2017

Horizontal or Vertical?

Today I finished stitching down the binding on my "What's in the Box?" mystery quilt (designed by Susan-Claire Mayfield of Gourmet Quilter).

But one question remains: Should I hang it with the wavy lines running across the quilt:
Or up and down?



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Storm Casualty

We had a huge amount of rain over the last day or so, and sadly the giant echium collapsed as a result. Last night it was lying flat on the ground. The stem wasn't broken, but the roots had pulled out of the mud. In an attempt to keep it going, it's been tied to a stake:
The leaves are looking quite droopy though.

The flower spike looks not too bad, considering.
I hope it keeps flowering. The bees love it, and it is quite spectacular.

Friday, November 17, 2017

No Aqua!

For the first time in 25 weeks, there were no days where our top temperature was in the range of 10 - 15 degrees. No aqua required!

And if that wasn't enough excitement, this week is also the first appearance of red:


Two red days:

17/11/2017    22.4    yellow
16/11/2017    19.7    green
15/11/2017    25.8    orange
14/11/2017    31.0    red
13/11/2017    32.2    red
12/11/2017    25.3    orange
11/11/2017    27.3    orange

 I think that means summer is around the corner. Here's more proof:
 Today was my first Christmas break-up do.

Linked to Sarah's weekly weather report. Not surprisingly, everyone else's weather is getting cooler as ours heats up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sail

This is what yesterday's posts were for:

Providing a bit of shade to the front windows. The windows are designed to stop the sun coming in on the longest day of the year, but now, and later in summer when the sun has some heat, it is at a lower angle so does come in.
This shade sail is a temporary one - if it seems to do the job we will get one made to fill the space between the house and the poles. The sail and poles are removable so when they are not required they'll be packed away out of sight.

Little Trees

Last year our TreeProject trees were forgotten by the landholder, and didn't get collected until 3rd November. I don't know what happened this year, but until today we still had these:


There were meant to be 14 boxes of seedlings, but the germination rate was very low on several of these species, so we ended up with only about 8 boxes.  And now it is way too late for them to be planted out this year. The landholder came and collected them today, but she is planning to re-pot everything and keep them alive until autumn to plant out then.

Good luck, little trees!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Posts

Digging holes - another use for a tractor:
Proving yet again it is a tool, not a toy!

Here the tractor is being a wheelbarrow, carrying bags of cement:
And two posts are installed with invaluable assistance from our neighbour Reg.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Changes

Most of the peony's petals fell today:
The colour change of this flower since it began opening ten days ago has been amazing, from deep coral to almost white.

Elsewhere in the garden, the first nasturtium flower opened in one of my hanging baskets:
There's always something happening in a garden!