The Wild Garden

We had quite the winter here in Nova Scotia, I haven't seen anything like it in all my 50+ years living here. The snow storms were relentless, we didn't really have a good thaw and it just kept piling up, snow, freezing rain, snow on and on. We began to worry about our gardens. We have a lot of shrubs and small bushes that were buried and bent over with the weight of the snow. Once it had all melted we saw lots of damage with broken branches and pretty sad looking plants.

Somehow Mother Nature was watching over us and the garden is in bloom, I think even more so than last year. We are expecting rain at times heavy tonight so I got out to take a few pictures before the rain. I hope the forecast is wrong and the blooms will be around for a while.

One of many rhododendrons and "Lily" (so named by Ben, we have no idea why!). I was thrilled that we actually had tulips this year, I am sorry I didn't get a picture of them at their peak. There a a few deer that roam through town snacking on all the tulips but they missed us this year.

One of many rhododendrons and "Lily" (so named by Ben, we have no idea why!). I was thrilled that we actually had tulips this year, I am sorry I didn't get a picture of them at their peak. There a a few deer that roam through town snacking on all the tulips but they missed us this year.

I wish I knew all the proper names of the rhododendrons!

I wish I knew all the proper names of the rhododendrons!

Mother nature at her finest!

Mother nature at her finest!

Our secret garden room, laden with grapes and wisteria (that hasn't bloomed since we have been here) but if this year is like last we will have a great supply of grapes. There are more garden pictures on my Flickr page, link to the left in the sidebar.

Our secret garden room, laden with grapes and wisteria (that hasn't bloomed since we have been here) but if this year is like last we will have a great supply of grapes. There are more garden pictures on my Flickr page, link to the left in the sidebar.

Mother Nature on the left and Liam on the right. These were named ever so joyfully by our grandson Ben, in memory of Ben's twin brother Liam who died June 15, 2007, 6 weeks old. The statues were both here when we bought the house, Ben knew right away who they were and that they belonged in the garden.

Mother Nature on the left and Liam on the right. These were named ever so joyfully by our grandson Ben, in memory of Ben's twin brother Liam who died June 15, 2007, 6 weeks old. The statues were both here when we bought the house, Ben knew right away who they were and that they belonged in the garden.


Good News!!

My quilt "Making Do" has won an award at the Canadian Quilter's Association's National Juried Show in Lethbridge, Alberta! I was thrilled and surprised. The icing on the cake for sure, I was just happy that it got in the show.

"Making Do" came about because I found a bag of strips leftover from an Amish quilt project from quite a few years ago. I had taken Heather Stewart's workshop "Fireside Log Cabin" and I made a small quilt.

Log Cabin Renovations was machine pieced by me and machine quilted by Lynn Jones.

Log Cabin Renovations was machine pieced by me and machine quilted by Lynn Jones.

I loved making it using Heather's piecing techniques. When I came across the Amish strips of fabrics I knew I had to make another one. I had put away 2 bins of plain fabrics so I knew I could make do with what I had on hand. The cutting began then I started to sew the blocks.

Once the top was done I delivered it to Lynn to be machine quilted, I wanted something very traditional, very Amish so I chose feathers for the blocks and the borders.

I would quite happily make this quilt again, after all I didn't make much of a dent in my stash of plain fabrics! I almost forgot, the award was for second place in the "Originally Interpreted Bed Quilt" category, they are functional quilts to be used on a specific sized bed from crib to king. They may be based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain or they may be totally original. Thanks again to Heather and Lynn for their part in this quilt!