Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

Here's how I've been spending at least some of my time recently:

The flower bed by the front steps, just under the kitchen window, was over-run by myrtle. I've been slowly ripping it out along with some of the wayward violets that were also trying to take it over. I'm not done yet, but I've uncovered tulips, lilies, and some other plants that weren't doing too well before I started.

This is along the side of the garage. Several years back, my friend Kim came up from Kentucky for a visit and brought along some plants for Mom's garden. This is a perennial geranium that started out as a very small plant. Over the past couple years, it has spread to the point that a bushel basket would no longer cover it even at this early stage of growth. I'm not removing all the leaves from last fall just yet as, while our recent temperatures have been in the 70s during the day, the forecast for a week from now includes some pretty chilly nights. At least they've changed the forecast for the better as SNOW isn't included anymore.

The first daffodil bloom - there were originally four bulbs planted here but only two have come up this spring.

Remember the last early photos of the Seven Sisters rose? Those little leaf buds are developing into actual leaves.

And in the bed in the south-east corner of the backyard, a couple more daffodils are making an appearance. This is another bed where the myrtle is trying to take over and will need to be ripped back so I don't lose the other plants.

The tulips are showing the first signs of producing buds. I have no idea what color these are going to be.

Against the south wall of the house, violets are already blooming. The day-lilies get an early start in this area, but later in the summer the bounce back from the foundation makes it difficult to keep things alive.

And the rhubarb!! The stems aren't long enough to pick yet, but you're looking at cobbler on the hoof {bg}

I have been knitting and will try to get photos of some of the latest projects but it has been so nice out and without mosquitoes so far, I've been trying to get as much done as I can.



Blogger KnitNana said...

Boy. You sure have DIRT-colored Dirt up there! :) this coming from one who has clay-colored dirt, your's looks funny!
And spring has sprung!

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Mmm, rhubarb cobbler... Yummmmm... Megan wants to know why I insist *everything* tastes better when it's made by grandma (cobbler, chicken noodles, soup...). :o)

12:19 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

I agree with Sallee...your dirt is beautiful...mine is red clay...yours is rich and dark and must be wonderful to work in! Yeah for greenery and flowers too! :)

11:41 AM  

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