Glory's Garden

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Can't see the trees for the forest


I suppose you've heard the old saying, "Can't see the forest for the trees" Well, I must admit, I never quite understood how you could do that. I mean to say, a forest is the trees, so how the heck can you possibly miss it? Made no sense to me at all...that is until I looked into the woods recently.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My first T-shirt dress

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and Glory's Garden just wouldn't be complete without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting come to save my sanity.



See the dress I'm wearing in this photo? I made it. Surprised? You shouldn't be. It was super easy to do and cost me nary a dime...okay, a bit more than that.It cost me a dollar. I'm lying if I'm dying...wait, switch that, reverse it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Following the flowers

Know what I like about going on holiday away from home? I mean besides getting Tommy to stop working for a bit. It's the ability to follow the flowers wherever they may be. Like these pretty little things.


Friday, November 25, 2011

The difference a couple of zones can make

It's continually amazing to me the difference a couple of zones can make. I speak of USDA zones which gardeners use to determine which plants will survive in their particular bit of earth. I've spoken, I believe, of this before, but who's to say I can't do it again? Certainly not I!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful for the Sunrise

One thing I do love about getting up and out of the house around 7am in the autumn, is the sunrise. Yes, I am one of those silly people who is thankful for the sunrise.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest post by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

Do you recall when I showed you the saplings I transplanted from the daylily hill where they choose to show up and into Tommy's ever-expanding arboretum? Well, my friend, the very knowledgeable Raymond Alexander Kukkee left a great comment after that post, but unlike most other comments I receive, I would not publish it. Wanna know why? Because I wanted to use it as a guest post about growing Bonsai, something I've always wanted to do. 

Lovely man that he is, he said, "Okay!"

Love it when that happens! Thank you, Raymond!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My rainbow thread

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and Glory's Garden just wouldn't be complete without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting come to save my sanity.
Tommy is something else, but you already know that. Case in point, he came home with this decorative wooden box full of thread, but not just any thread...a rainbow thread collection to rival them all!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Frozen beauties

The day after our first snow fall, I went to see how my last remaining flowers had fared. I found frozen beauties!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Albino deer and pony show

The other frosty morning, the ponies were grazing by the road in their fenced in pen. It was the albino deer which actually feigned fleeting interest in me. The others ignored me completely.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dan's mystery tree

I wonder if you remember my pal Dan and his mystery tree. Well, he's been anxiously awaiting my thoughts on what it could be, and here they are. My initial guess was a hickory and I'm pretty darn sure I'm right. The next question is, what kind of hickory. There are dozens of hickory trees.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wisteria Fun Facts

If you will recall, my friend Diane Quinn recently sent me stunningly beautiful photos of Wisteria.

Well, I wanted to tell you a bit about wisteria floribunda, that would be the Japanese wisteria. Yes, that's just one fun fact. I have others which you may consider a bit more fun than that, or at the very least, interesting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guest post by Kay Whittenhauer

It's Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and Glory's Garden just wouldn't be complete without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting come to save my sanity.
 Today we have a special guest, Kay Whittenhauer who will show us how to make these lovely twinkling star ornaments.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Wisteria of Japan

I must say, I have the kindliest friends. Case in point, Diane Quinn who sent me these photos of Wisteria of Japan in full and fantabulous bloom, and I couldn't possibly thank her enough. These photos are gorgeous! See for yourself.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Second spring, you say?

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower-- Henry David Thoreau

My friend Janet Collinge showed me this quote and I thought I would talk about it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to my brother Alex!

Today is my little brother's birthday. Happy Birthday, Alex!

No, he's no longer a itty-bitty baby. He's only a year and some younger than I am, but who doesn't love seeing baby pictures?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The flower game

So, my Helium pal Mac Pike sent me a video of flowers blooming right before your eyes. He just knew I would love it and don't you know, he was right. Well, he ain't no dummy despite his assertions to the contrary. It is a stunningly beautiful video set to lovely music and I wanted you to see it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

E-wrap cast on for knitting loom

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.

Today I want to show you the super easy E-wrap cast-on for using the knitting loom. As you may know, I love the knitting loom and use it often even though I can and do use regular straight knitting needles. I've found so many new and interesting ways of using it that it's become such fun and I wanted to share that with you.

I've created my first ever video to show exactly how you do the E-wrap cast-on, but I'll give you the verbal directions to make it clearer still and to give any pointers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Going on holiday


We went off on holiday, once again, only this time I told no one.  I wanted to see if I could get away without anyone being the wiser, plus I was hoping for inspiration for my Author’s Challenge entry. What I learned is I’m madly missed on Facebook. Good to know, but that knowledge didn’t inspire me either.

 While traveling, I heard a song which gave me a thought, just a thought, nothing else. These meandering musings are my entry. 


Friday, November 4, 2011

Smarter than the weather channel crew

Perhaps that's not much to be proud of, being smarter than the weather channel crew, but there it is. I am and I can prove it. Okay, maybe I can't prove it, but I sure as heck don't believe them to be right. These are my thoughts on the matter at hand, the matter being the color-changing foliage of autumn.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Transplanting Saplings

So, there I was planning on and actually heading toward the back-40, when I spotted three saplings growing in the daylily hill by the pole barn. What they were doing there is anyone's guess...well, it would be an easy guess. They were growing and quite nicely too! But as they were growing where I did not want them, I had to transplant them.
Finding room for three saplings


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Guest post by Dan Shaw

The Wannabe Dirt Farmer

I know you all are wondering what a Chicken Farmer is doing posting on a Gardener’s Blog, right?  Especially a gardener as knowledgeable as Glory is.  She’s also a great writer so that more than doubles the consternation her readers might have. 

Let’s just say I have more experience being a chicken farmer than I do as a dirt farmer and that’s not saying much.  Since I want to be a better farmer I figured if I share my experiences maybe you all could help me overcome my ignorance. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Flower crochet block pattern

Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.

I promised the pattern for this crocheted flower block. I found sassy sunflower crochet afghan at allfreecrochet.com where you can get all sorts for fun ideas for crochet projects.

You'll need three colors--the first is for the flower's center, the second is for the petals and the third is for the border around the flower--, your choice of any type of yarn. I used a crochet hook size G, but the pattern called for using 8/H.The yarn I used was worsted weight Redheart brand, but I think you can use any kind. The finished product would just be bigger or smaller depending on the weight yarn used.


Instructions:


Center disk:
1.       With the color you choose for the flower’s center, chain 4.
2.       In the 4th chain from hook make 15 double crochets, join with a slip stitch to the top of beginning chain 3. (16 dc)
3.       Chain 3 *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 in the next, repeat from* all the way around until you reach the end then do 2 double crochet in last stitch, slip stitch to top of chain 3. (24 dc)
4.       Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as joining, single crochet in next stitch, *2 single crochet in next stitch, then one single crochet each in next 2 stitches, repeat from* around, end with 2 sc in last stitch, slip stitch (drop the old yarn and pickup the yarn for the petals) to beginning single crochet, clip off center yarn leaving 4-5 inch tale to be woven in later. (32 sc)
Petals:
5.       Chain 2, * 2 half double crochet in next stitch, 1 half double in next, repeat from * around, slip stitch to top of beginning stitch. (48 hdc)
6.       Chain 4, make a beginning cluster: Holding back last loop of each stitch on hook, triple crochet in each of next three stitches, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
7.       *Chain 5, make cluster:  Triple crochet in each of next 4 stitches, holding back the last stitch of each one, repeat from* around, chain 5 and slip stitch (picking up third color for border). Clip off petal yarn leaving 3-4 inch tale to be woven in later. (12 cluster petals)
Border:
8.       Slip stitch to first chain-5 space, chain 1, 6 single crochet in each chain-5 space around, slip stitch to beginning single crochet. (72 sc)
9.       Chain 4, (Work one stitch in each stitch all the way around) 1 double crochet, 1 half double crochet,* 12 single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, chain 4 **, triple crochet, double crochet, half double crochet,  repeat from * end at **, slip stitch to top of beginning chain 4. Fasten off.

~I hope you try this, but I must warn you, it isn't one to start with if you are a beginner crocheter. I'll post directions for something easier in future.~