Good Saturday afternoon from Plum Cottage. I can hardly believe how fast time is going along. I have been busy, doing a little part-time work that I am getting paid for and enjoying it while it lasts. Each day is a gift and I am thankful to God.
I mentioned in my last post about making up little pillows to commemorate dance memories. Well, I made one and it is on display at the dance studio where I am working part-time. I’ve had one inquiry so far and she is looking for the right photo of her daughter to use. Here is my sample creation. I used iron on fabric for printing out the photo.
I’ve been working a couple of days a week on tutu’s, for a Swan Lake performance. Will work another couple of days next week.
I’ve been working in my ‘secret garden’ and also in the screened room off the back of the cottage. I am getting a neat antique wooden piece this weekend from my BIL & SIL so am making a spot for it. This area needed to be worked on. I’ve not really done anything much with it since losing my dear husband. I am working on making it pretty back there because I want to take outdoor showers again. If you’ve never taken a shower outdoors, you don’t know what you are missing. It is wonderful. The ‘secret garden’ is right outside this area also.
I’ve been working outside 3-4 hours each morning I’m able to and it feels great getting something accomplished. I’ve been watching gardening videos on you-tube and am greatly inspired by them. Those British shows are GREAT. Below is just one series. Check out ‘Big Dreams Small Spaces’, ‘Love Your Garden’, & ‘Gardener’s World’.
Now, here are some photos for you to enjoy. I know a lot, if not most of you, are starting to enjoy all of the beauty bursting forth in your own gardens. Yay, for you.
‘Gardenia’ ~ I love the scent of gardenias. The scent is one of my first scent memories of Florida as my grandmother had a huge bush in her yard.
‘Golden Dewdrop’ the scent reminds me of jelly beans. It is called this name because of the golden berries that form after the flowers are done.
‘Thryallis’ has a lovely scent during the day. I have this in the back part of the property and I do not take care of it. I think it is taller than I am and I’m 5’6”. I also have 5 of these growing in pots.
The next photos are of bougainvilleas, I have three different ones.
My friends Nanci & John gave me this years ago. I love the bit of pink.
Here is one pink and this is all on one shrub.
‘Dancing Ladies’ orchid.
This is an unknown with velvety petals and a sweet scent.
One of the recent tea roses I bought.
Unknown, with a wonderful scent.
‘Maman Cochet’ bud with afternoon sunlight backlighting it. It also has a wonderful scent.
I worked outside this morning for another 4 hours. More forward progress, but there is still a LOT to do. One day at a time, as I have time and feel like it. Summer will be here before I know it and I’m trying to get a lot done before it gets too miserable out.
That’s it from Plum Cottage.
Have a lovely Sunday and a great upcoming week.
Quote by Alan Titchmarsh:
“A beautiful garden is like a big hug.
It can heal the heart & bring joy to those in need.”