Monday, March 11, 2013

What I'm Growing

As promised in previous post, here are the photos of my plants from seed and those that I did not have seeds for (better yet my compulsion to buy starts).

Seedlings Before (store bought Swiss Chard in the lower right)
Store bought starts

The after....It is a lot, but believe it or not, this year I am cutting back what is going into the garden (unless I come across something that I can't resist, WINK WINK).

Store bought plants

As of yesterday I transplated all the tomaot plants that were moved to the 9 oz cups to 16 oz cups.  I hope to put everything in the ground next month when hope of all frost should be gone.

I started these from seed:
Started 01/21/13:
  • Jelly Bean Hybrid Tomato (2 seedlings)
  • Black Krim Tomato (1 seedling)
  • Black Plum Tomato (2 seedling)
  • Early Girl Hybrid Tomato (2 seedlings)
  • Jubilee Tomato (2 seedlings)
Started 02/13/13:
  • Poblano Pimento Pepper (1 seedling)
  • California Wonder Pepper (2 seedlings)
  • Jalapeno Early (1 seedling)
  • Jalapeno Hot (2 seedlings)
  • Salad Slicer (2 seedlings)
  • Tender Green (2 seedlings)
I purchased these as starts:
  • Serrano Chili Pepper
  • Santa Fe Grande Chilli Pepper
  • Cubanelle Sweet Pepper
  • Phoenix Hybrid Tomato
  • Husky Cherry Red Tomato
  • Super Sweet 100 Tomato
  • Pink Girl Tomato
  • Mexican Tarragon
  • Ichiban Japanese Eggplant
  • Lying Saucer Summer Squash
  • Black Beauty Eggplant (2)
  • Quimalt Strawberries
  • Cilantro (I currently have a pot with seeds, but just in case they don't take, plus when it is gets too hot it bolts)
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard (already planted)
White Dinner Plate Hibiscus.  First time starting these from seed (could not find the actual plant at my local nursery).  Luckily during a Christmas card swap with gardeners in a group I was in last year, these were added to the card.  One plant took and now that is over a month old it looks great.

That little plant above was the only one that made it from about 10 seeds planted and now look her below.  I still plan to do this again, so that eventually, I could have a row of Hibiscus along the side of my house.

What's in the garden:


Multiplying onions, given to me by a fellow book club member.

Ice King Daffodil

Pride of Barbados

My agave plants that reside on my front porch are doing great.  I am not sure if the stalks that are coming out the center will be flowers or if it is making more spines.  In researching them, I "THINK" mine are americana, I could be totally wrong. 

I am going to try again growing blueberries and blackberries.  Last time I tried, they only fruited a tiny bit, then ants invaded the container they were in, however in looking at them yesterday there are leaves forming, so after I kill off the ants, I will transplant them somewhere else.  In the mean time I planted last month the plants below.

Things seems to be progressing quite well.

Happy Gardening...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quilting-Hand Work

I am venturing into more hand work. In 2012 I did my first applique project along with joining a hand applique club at my local quilt shop.

This wall quilt top just needs to be quilted.  I am not sure if I should hand quilt or not.  If I did I am not sure if I should do just cross hatching or something else.  If you have an opinion, please pass along. 

I came across this quilt called Rhapsodie Coloree II by Ricky Tims while searching for Hawaiian quilts, not quite Hawaiian, but it is a start.  I have completed the center and now working on the second circular section, which I only have about 3 more to do.  I am doing the entire applique portions by hand.  The center was the hardest.

I have also decided to do a whole cloth quilt by hand (always need a project to do while watching TV or listening to an audio book).  The center section in the first picture below was copied from a book, however as I go along, I am adding different motifs and making it up (either on my own or finding motifs to incorporate from books, etc.).  It is a slow progress, but I am enjoying the learning experience.

Happy Quilting...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quilts from QuiltCon

I was lucky to be a Super Volunteer at the inaugural QuiltCon event.  To learn more about the modern quilting movement click here.  Enjoy some of the quilts I was able to squeeze in time to photograph as there were a ton of them (if you call it photography from my IPhone).  I do know on the web if you search for quiltcon you will find hundreds of photos.  Also try other social sites like instagram, flickr just to name a few.

Double Edged Love, Victoria Findlay Wolfe "American Quilters Society Best in Show"
Sing It Out Loud, Karen L. Anderson-Abraham "Coats & Clark Quilting Excellence Award"
The Local Quilt, Carolyn Friedlander "Stitch Magazine and Quilting Arts Magazine Best Machine Quilting"

Super Volunteer Goody Bag

Happy quilting....


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