Fresh flowers from my mother's garden! Mom and Dad have always spent a lot of time working in their yard. They have a long backyard with beds of flowers, pots of flowers, and birdfeeders everywhere. Now, there are pots of daffodils and tulips blooming in the front and in the back of the house. Beautiful!! Daddy picked this bunch for me today when I stopped in between appointments. I wanted to use the vase Mom gave me for Christmas. You can't really tell but it has four sections to put flowers in. You can go here and see the same vase in a different color. And, it's made in Virginia at Bay Pottery!!
My perennial garden looks horrible! I really need to get in there and clean out. The old stems from the lilies and daisies need to be removed and/or cut back. The leaves need to be raked out and mulch needs to be put down. I think I've decided to pull all the rose bushes up. They are a lot of maintenance and the moles and Japanese Beetles just tear them up every year. The rose bush garden is lima bean shaped with a birdbath in the center. I'm thinking about planting some kind of low growing NO-care bushes along the back edge and maybe some stepping stones. I would like something that blooms - attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. I'll have to think on this for a bit.
Gotta get to the gardens because when the summer heat, humidity, and those dang mosquitoes hit ---- I'm done.
Now, what do I not like about spring??? I've already pulled three ticks off of the kitty cats. I've had one mosquito bite - undoubtedly one left over from last year. And, then there's THIS! George caught this snake and left it for me on the sidewalk. It was about 14 inches long. When there's one, there's more. Ooooooh!
If you are riding down Highway 58 West near me, you'll see artwork placed at locations along the road. Today, I actually caught the artist at work. He is a woodcarver. He starts with huge tree trunks and a chainsaw. I'm not sure if he uses ONLY a chainsaw or adds other tools as he gets to the finer details. He comes by his talent naturally - his mother was a painter and his father a realistic bird carver. His parents used to work together - he would carve the birds and she would paint them. They were beautiful. I have one of their bluebirds and am sorry I never got one of their robins.
This artist built his house - a log house with a wrap-around porch - near where this Indian stands. It took him several years. I would love to see inside - I'm sure he built it with hand tools the old timey way. The exterior is very nice.
I love this one. It's an eagle's nest perched on the eagle's beak. Very very cool! I can't remember this being the original base. I thought it was different. Maybe I'm just noticing it again -- he's painted the tongue and it really shows up now.
Today, he was working on some smaller pieces with his chainsaw.
I hope you can click on these pictures to see the great detail.
Nothing new in the knitting basket. I'm trying to get my Clapotis finished. I'm on the decrease rows now and am anxious to have it done. As much as I'm enjoying knitting this, I'm ready to get other things on the needles.