Glory's Garden

All the world's a garden, you know, and we are mere flowers within it. Come, I'll show you!

Don't get any funny ideas!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Swim Season 2012

 Yes, it is that time of year again. Justin's Special Olympics Swim Season 2012 started on Tuesday with the first practice.



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tour of the Shade Garden

To make my first spring walking tour complete, I thought we'd visit the shade garden. Why do I call it a shade garden when all it looks like is a small wood with the occasion flower tossed in? Well, what else should I call it?


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Maples in Bloom

I'm betting you think I've said all there is to say about maples, but you'd be wrong. I never showed you maples in bloom...at least I don't think so.
Maple in bloom

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quilt Lesson: Triangles Out of Squares



It’s Craft Tuesday, the day I take for talking crafts Because sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity while the garden sleeps.

Another quilting lesson is in order and today we shall make triangles out of squares. You start with two large denim squares, 10-12 inches square. One of these squares we'll use right side facing and the other one wrong side facing. One fabric, two looks, a dark and a light. Just what you need for quilt making.

1. You cut those two large squares in half and each half again in half. That gives you four smaller squares of equal size.

2.Now pair up one dark square with one light square, one on top of the other. That gives you four pairs. Make sure the dark side is facing the light side of the other square and line them up.

3. Using a ruler or any straight edge, draw a line from one corner diagonally to the opposite corner on each of the four pairs. This is the cutting line, but you have to sew a line on either side of the cutting line first.



4.  If sewing by hand, you should mark the sewing line one quarter of an inch from the cutting line, then sew a running stitch.

5. If you are using a sewing machine, use this line and the presser foot as a guide and sew a quarter inch seam on both sides.

6. Here's a trick for doing this quick and easy. Sew the seam on each square without stopping to cut the thread.

7. Just do one square right after the other in a chain, then do the opposite side of each square in the same fashion. You'll be done in ten minutes, tops. Cut down the center on the cutting line.








8. Open the squares and iron each flat. You should have 8 squares of dark and light triangles.

So, that is how you make triangles out of squares. What you can do with them...well, I'll show you next time.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tour of the Tree Field

I took a tour of the tree field one sunshiny day and look what I found. Remember how I mentioned last autumn how beech trees and oaks have a tendency of retaining their foliage all through winter and lose them sometime before spring?
Beech tree still holding on to leaves

Well, here is the beech and I don't think it lost even one leaf. I went up to it to see if the slightest touch would send them dropping. Not a chance! I pulled and tugged and...well, you'd think they were cemented on.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tomatoes made it through the winter

 It's a miracle indeed, but the tomato plants I brought in for the winter, the very same ones which gave me a few tomatoes, kept me busy all winter and took over my kitty cat's favorite sunny spot made it through the winter and into spring. YAY!



They don't look too pretty--matter of fact they look pretty bad!-- but so would you if you didn't have enough sun nor enough room to spread your fingers and toes--leaves and stems for the plants.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Japanese Iris Bed Makeover


Japanese Iris grow in a bed along the left side of my herb garden up against the house and it needs a bit of a makeover or at least I thought it did. I thought I'd tell you about it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

First day in the garden 2012

On Saturday I knew I should be writing the next chapter for Violet's in Bloom--it was due for publication on Monday, after all--but I just couldn't stay inside. The sun was shining, the crocuses were calling to me, and so it became obvious that this was to be the first day in the garden 2012.
Crocus

Oh, what a lovely day! Warm as anything and I was so eager to get out there I didn't even change into proper garden garb. Yes, I just went out there as I was. Imagine that!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Make an Old Potholder New Again


It’s Craft Tuesday, the day we take for talking crafts. Sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity while the garden sleeps.






Look what Tyler did to my potholder. He burned it! Thankfully, it wasn't a very pretty potholder or I'd have had to hang him or something. Instead I'll just have to make it new again.

No, not pretty at all so I won't be sad to give it a facelift...so to speak.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tour of Longwood Flowers

If there is one thing Longwood Botanical Garden excels at it is flowers. Okay, they have extraordinary trees, wonderful shrubs, an orchard, berry patch and a veggie garden to die for, but flowers, baby! That's the ticket!
Blue Himalayan  Poppies
There are scores of perennial beds, annual beds, rose gardens, and a spring bulb display to boggle the mind, but before the weather is able to accommodate those somewhat tender flowers, we can see a floral bounty to satisfy any garden nut--even me--in the conservatory.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Trees, Trees and More Trees!

I told you about our recent day at Longwood but I only showed you tiny little spring blooming bulbs. Now it's tree time.

Do you recall when I showed you my pin oak tree and I told you how they often keep their leaves well into winter? Well, this oak tree--Tom insists it's an English oak, but I'm not at all certain of that--at Longwood has nearly all its leaves. The point is, I wasn't making up stories...for a change.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Wonders of Blogging

Little did I know when I started Glory's Garden that I would make such friends from all over the world. The wonders of blogging are many, but it's the fact that I can reach from right here in my modest Pennsylvania home to all corners of the world...and make friends while I'm at it! It truly is a small world now. I'd like to introduce you to some of my pals.

Yes, some of these friends are perfectly normal--thank you very much!-- and some are wacky as can be--Sneak on over to see what Mac Pike is up to in  Uncle Mac's Garden Shed if you question me on that! While others are somewhere in between. It is, however, where they are all from that boggles the mind.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tommy and I play hookey

Last Friday Tommy took me to work with him which you would already know if you follow me on Facebook. He said he would only be an hour tops and then we could go to Longwood Botanical Gardens to see spring start to make an appearance. And so we did!

We weren't even out of the parking lot when we saw these lovely Daffodils brightening things up.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fancy Ice Packs from Nothing


It’s Craft Tuesday, the day I take for talking crafts, because sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity while the garden sleeps.

I'm looking through my stuff in the craft room and what should I find but two totally different things which oddly enough are destined to come together. Only thing they had in common was that they were both bright yellow.





Monday, March 12, 2012

I Need a Genie in a Bottle

Yes, it seems I do need a Genie in a bottle to take care of all my spring wishes. I'll keep searching for it as I tell you about my wishes.

16. I wish my pretty weeds--this is a wild daisy in case you couldn't tell-- would be a bit more considerate and grow in the flower bed. Again this one sprouted in the gravel. ~Sigh~ More work for me.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

More Spring Wishes

We'll jump right in with the spring wish list I started yesterday.

6. I wish Sedum Autumn Joy was as prolific a spreader as my other sedums. I also wish I could remember to help it along by snapping off pieces and planting them wherever I like. Just don't seem to remember to do that.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Spring Wish List

It was a sunny day on Saturday and though the wind picked up through the afternoon I went into the garden just to see whatever was there to see and I came up with my spring wish list. Want to hear it? Of course you do!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crocheted ponytail holders



It’s Craft Tuesday, the day we take for talking crafts. Sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts save my sanity while the garden sleeps.

Okay, so you know those plain stretchy circles we all have which hold back our hair while cooking, cleaning or --this is big for me--while out in the garden? Well, I only have about a thousand* of them and boy, are they boring! So, I found this nifty way to make them not-so-boring. You just crochet a covering onto your ponytail holders!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Reminiscing about summer

I came across some photos I thought I had lost. They are of an impromptu visit we took to Scranton Park one lazy Sunday in summer. I looked through the photos and I started reminiscing about summer. I thought I'd share them with you in case you were longing for carefree, warm days as I am.

Last time we had been to this park this tree house and walkway was not here. It's a beautiful spot and if Tom knew how to relax for more than a minute at a time, we might have stayed here longer. As it was running water could be heard from here and off we went to look for it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Laughing through the pain

Have you ever met a person whose circumstances are beyond what you can imagine a person to be able to endure and found that person to have a cheerful attitude--almost laughing through the pain-- which makes you ever so glad to have met that person? Tom and I have just recently. His name is Andy.
Lou Gehrig in his hey-day

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tragedy in Greentown

Our tiny, sleepy little Greentown had a tragedy on Monday and it was way closer to home than comfort would allow.

Everyone at our house is safe and sound, so that's not the problem, thank heaven!