Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Garden

After a cool and cloudy spring and summer(so far but I'm not complaining) my garden has finally come to life. I think some of the plants have enjoyed the cool weather. We have had to water some in spite of the weather. Here in the NW, when it rains , we do not get the inches that you get in other parts of the country. It can be a bit deceptive , it's been cool and cloudy so you think the plants are fine, but they do need the water. My day lilies are so pretty even though for the last two years, the early blooming ones have a bug or disease of sorts. The result is some deformed flowers.I just pull them off.
In the cross stitch world, I finished "Jenny Bean's Creation Sampler." I stitched this on 36 count linen using one strand of floss. I decided that I prefer the way two threads look so I'll be back to my favorite 32 count antique ivory linen. I ordered the frame for Jenny Bean when Micheal's had the 60% off sale. I haven't taken any pictures yet. That will be on a later post.

A lovely Lilly.

These white delphiniums are just lovely. They are sort of past their prime.

These yellow daisies are very ruffly.

There is NO shortage of bees in this garden!!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lavender Festival

On Fri. , my dear husband agreed to accompany me to the Sequim Lavender Festival. This is held each year about the same time-mid July. Our never ending very cool spring and summer caused the lavender to be not as pretty as other years. Many varieties were just not fully blooming yet. However, we had a great time! There were about 5 farms available for touring and a huge lavender market in town. You could buy just about anything made of lavender! We each had a delicious strawberry shortcake that was made with local berries. We skipped the lavender ice cream! Enjoy the pictures!

As I said you could buy anything made of lavender! These were NOT GOOD!

This is typical of the music at the various farms. Jim enjoyed the music while I shopped!

There were many beautiful flowers besides the lavender.

There are several beautifully carved totems that we see on our way home from Sequim!