Monday, 26 August 2013

Baby blankets and orchids

I've been making baby blankets to sell at Talana Creations, and I am pleased with the result. They are big enough to use as a pram cover, or to wrap up  a small baby.

The blankets are made from fleece, with crochet edgings.

This mauve blanket with butterflies is very pretty.

I love the colours on the border of the green blanket: Cream, yellow, light green and a green that matches the fleece.

The variegated border on the spotted blanket reflects the colour of the spots.

A few years ago I bough this cymbidium orchid, and now it has flowered again.

It has six trusses of flowers.

The pinks and purples are so pretty. It started flowering about a month ago, and will probably last at least another six weeks. That's the joy of orchids!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Angels, bells, and things in the garden

I've been doing some more crochet goodies for Creations at Talana Museum in October.

These are Christmas angels. They are about 10cm high, and would look good on a Christmas Tree.

These bells are quite small, about 5cm from clapper to tip. I may make some in other colours, such as red, green and blue. Depends in my mood, and the time available!

Now for something really big. This is one of the biggest lemons I have seen - a whopping 12cm from base to apex. About the size of a grapefruit, it weighs 350 grams.

Now for something really small. I found this miniature daffodil, who apparently doesn't know that officially it's still winter!

I picked this bunch of camellias, They look so pretty all together in a vase.

Nearly nine years ago I bought some nasturtium seed. I have never bought any more since, but they self-seed and come up year after year, giving a splash of colour wherever they grow.

Asparagus is a wonderful vegetable, but you need  a lot of patience, as it takes two years from the time of planting before you can reap the first crop. Up to then, you just have to leave it to grow!
This is my first asparagus year, and this is my first stalk of many. (I hope!)

The peach trees are in bloom, such pretty flowers with a promise of delicious fruit.

Apricots have white blossom, and there is a bee collecting the pollen from this one.

We have a huge crop of oranges this year, but they will not be ripe until mid-September. On each tree, apart from the ripening fruit, are small green fruit, getting ready for next year,  as well as lots of sweet-smelling blossoms.


I planted strawberries in pots, and these are the first two fruit.