Wednesday, May 9, 2018
It's in the hoop
Even after fastening it to the floor and laying out the thinsulate, piecing it to size,
I struggled to get the backing laid flat and lined up.
Then I put pins around the border and flipped the whole thing over for basting.
It sure would have helped to have three friends to lift the corners so I could lower the parts in place.
The tugging and smoothing flips seem allowances and bunches the batting and gets more and more frustrating as time goes on. I ended up just using the safety pins and have begun quilting from the center. I have switched to a larger hoop, making it easier to adjust the layers as I move the hoop and remove the pins.
The orchid cactus has bloomed a second flower.
I missed the first one while I was in the woods with the scouts.
The blooms only last a day or so, like the white ones that bloom at the end of summer just over night.
Trouble is, cacti don't need daily watering so are sometimes finished blooming by the time I notice the buds have opened.
I missed a few flowers on these three but I see there are more buds in progress.
Many other plants didn't make it through ...
But, though it may be a bit late for Easter, this one is going to get it's show time and recover.
This plant is along my morning walk with Nikko through the park.
It usually gets cut off before blooming by the weed-whackers,
so it is the first time I have seen it in bloom
I saw one in a pot a few days ago and asked the lady who keeps the pots if she knew the name, but she didn't know.
I have seen her moving bulbs from along the path into pots, so that may have come from that group recently. Maybe I can show the picture to the flower-shop lady and learn more.
The paired leaves look like dogwood leaves, but I can't find this in any of my Japanese plant books.
There are a few types of Japanese dogwoods.
The flowers come out after the leaves and last a lot longer. They tend to grow wild in the forests.
One kind has clustered flowers but more flat than these balls.
This one is growing in a planter along the street and seems to have been pruned so as to not disturb pedestrians walking along the street edge.
So, that is about all for Golden Week ....
except that Tuesday morning I had to say goodbye to my big "Son-On-Loan".
He has been staying here several months while doing research for an article he is writing.
I drove him into town so he could catch the first train out to the airport. (trains around here begin running too late)
No more big hugs ...
No more instant translations of bills and mail ...
Hopefully, he will make it back sometime ...
meanwhile, time to change the bedding and water the plants on the second floor. (or maybe I need to quilt a few more rows first)....