Sunday….green thumb and other stuff

garden-013resized.jpgThis is one of my houseplants.  It did very well outdoors over the warm months, but I have bought it in for the winter.  The leaf edges grow tiny plant starts that than drop off and root in the ground.  I love the little pink babies and the aerial roots.   Maybe someone can help me identify this plant.  I think it is in the kalanchoe family. 

The title of my blog…”Life in Stitches” has taken on a new meaning for me.  The title could also be  “Life in Staples”, or how about “Slice of Life”….as I am going through more surgery tomorrow.   They are unzipping me in the same place as before(abdomen) to check for further problems.  I am very optimistic that I will be back soon, healthy and happy.  Maybe then my mind will be clear and able to focus again on what I love to do……and I will have some works in progress and finished things to show once again.   But until then, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. 

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Tamarack, Greenthumb Sunday

This tree is one of my favorites!  When we drive down US 2 (in the U.P.) in autumn, the  lacy foliage of the tamaracks shine bright gold, amidst the white pines and spruces.  About 10 years ago, my father-in-law and I dug up this tree and brought it to lower Michigan, planted it in my backyard….an experiment.  It has done very well, although I am worried that the surrounding trees are shading it too much.  This conifer is a member of the larch family,  a decidious conifer…dropping its soft needles in the autumn.  But only after turning that wonder bright yellow. 

img_4652resized.jpg  Here it is glowing behind a couple of boxwoods.   And a detail of those irresistablely soft needles:

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Finished “portico”

I was questioning my term “portico”….but really this is a portico.  Webster says this “A colonnade or covered ambulatory esp. in classical architecture and often at the entrance to a building.”  img_4628_1resized.jpg

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Whatever we decide to call it, I do love it.  Just enough room to sit with a glass of wine and watch the evening sky, or a conversation with two or three….Jeff made the twisted knarly tree out of copper wire.  Perhaps the tree below was his inspiration:

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Greenthumb Sunday

I enjoy going to blogs that participate in “Green Thumb Sunday“.  The idea is that every Sunday we are to post a nature, garden, plant picture.  This sounds like an easy task, I tend to take more pictures of plants and landscapes than people.  Plants cooperate more than people, they don’t mind looking into the sun, don’t talk back, complain of getting tired, or get fidgety.   Also it seems that when I am with people way too much talking and enjoying goes on, then later I am perturbed that I completely forgot about taking pictures.  

Today’s image is of the lowly, common Aster.  I have tried to make this plant extinct in my garden for many years.  But it lures me into letting it grow during the early summer with its pretty foliage and lush appearance.  Only later does it start to push beyond its boundaries and try to take over the peony and roses next to it.  But then when most other plants are looking bedraggled and wilted, the aster rewards my patience with sturdy stalks that are five foot tall,  topped with purple flowers.  Today it’s a little windy, and the aster is swaying with the breeze.  

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Article in Quilting Arts

Quilting Arts Magazine is an outstanding magazine that is one of a kind, taking quilts off the bed and onto the wall as art.  My friend, Lynn Krawczyk has an article in the October/November issue called “Embellishments as Inspiration”.  She asked several of us to use the same handful of embellishments, and make a small quilt.  These have been included in the Quilting Arts website.   The embellishments we all received were a porcupine quill, playing card, paperclay face, key, and a string of small bells.  Its truly amazing how vastly different each of ours is, and how differently we used the embellishments.