Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bloomin' Fantastic

The peonies have finally bloomed. I won't show a long shot of the side garden because it's crowded (very, very badly) with weeds. If the rain stops tomorrow then I'll tidy up a wee bit and show off a lovely perennial bed that was here when we bought the house.

The garden beds at the front of the house are a tad more presentable. Look at these gorgeous Cheddar Pinks. I love this little perennial, it forms the most perfect mounds of fine blue-green grass-like leaves, then bursts into tons of these tiny cerise pink flowers which bloom for most of the summer. I should have planted nothing but these in the front beds.

Instead of PLANNING to make a new Tangled Yoke Cardigan with the pink Baby Alpaca I mentioned in the last post, I decided to ACTUALLY START the project.

Don't be fooled by the enormous number of stitches on the needle, that's for the back and both fronts. I'm not SO, SO big.

Here's a few obligatory reno shots:

with all the fuss and bother going on in the back garden (by the two big spruce trees) a Pine Sawyer Beetle was displaced and found it's way to the side of the garage. They must be fairly shy, because in all my years around these parts, I've never seen one. Though, to be fair, I'm not the most outdoorsy woman in the world.

Very "Tim Burton-esque", no?

Here's the wall before the concrete is poured:

and after, with the moulds removed.

This week there were frequent opportunities to take pictures of shirtless, sweaty young men, I can think of a few readers of the blog that would have enjoyed that, but opted instead for this:


noricum said...

Oooo... those cheddar pinks are lovely! If you're ever splitting and are willing to share, let me know! :)

vanessa said...

I love Peonies, and always lament that their flowering season is so short. But they're worth every moment, aren't they?
Beautiful knitting pattern, your cardigan is going to be gorgeous!
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

Jane said...

Lovely pictures. I love peonies for the one week that they bloom. I watched the video but my eyes were drawn to the knitting ads underneath....

ian said...

Great progress on the house addition.

Peonies always take me right back to elementary school because they remind me of the house we lived in on St Mary's Road. The front of the house was lined with them if I recall.

Great beetle. I don't think I've every seen one of those. You're right, it is very Tim Burtonesque.

I haven't watched the video yet, but feel free to upload pictures of sweaty workmen whenever you get the chance!