Poppy Patchwork

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

As another week flies by

One of the best books I have ever read and a new author to me, she has more books to read, I could not put this book down, I normally enjoy Sunday night TV, but I sat reading , 3rd book this year. 
I am doing well with my socks, 1st sock finished, just need to motor on and get the 2nd one done, I have found a crochet pattern which I would like to make for George, so to keep with my list of things to do, I am going to try and follow the simple pattern, the bowls reduce in size and will fit in inside the other. You can find the pattern here,  I am hoping such a simple design will get me going on making crochet designs. 
I purchased these in December, stating there was no need for them to arrive before Christmas, so they flew into my home this week, made by Glassworks who I follow on facebook or her site is here,
My 1st Amaryllis is opening, this is the cheaper one purchased from Lidl's, the expensive one is a couple weeks behind, you can see the flower bud in the photo. I have never before had a white flower. 
Monday I went for a walk with a friend and her dog, we were out for an hour, did not touch anything, stayed apart and both wore face mask, I was trying a clear mask which is attached to a plastic glasses frame, my friend is registered deaf, with some hearing at a poor level, so she needs to see your face as she lip reads. We walked to the shore near our house, hubby is not able to go out for walks, so it was a real treat for me, it stayed dry.

I am thinking this is the year without in the garden, there are so many plants I would love to grow, many I have tried and failed, each year I purchase snowdrops in the green, plant them and then wait, and very few grow. I am using my thinking head this year, and I am NOT getting any more, I have wasted too much money trying to get the wrong plants growing.  I do have things in pots, but I am trying to limit the number of pots and not have many more, I did a post last year on my pots, and have since added a few more. Normally I would tell anyone to look at their neighbours front gardens to see what grows in the local soil, but alas most front gardens are carparks, and many without any plants, unless you count the dead thing in the corner pot. 
I do try and grow loads of seeds, and often give away the plants I don't need, this year, I am only plants a few different seeds, I have decided bedding plants are so cheap locally, with a good mixture of plants, I can get the colour I crave and I can buy stronger plants which I can always get cutting from.  
I have been looking back on old post, looking at what grows in our garden and when, I found this post I did on the evolution, 10 years work, I spend loads of time in early months of the year, remembering what I loved in the garden and more importantly what did not work, these years I have less of the non working areas. Our side garden need winter colour, I won't go to any garden centres in lock down, it's an unnecessary journey, so that will be sorted later this year.  


  1. It's great to immerse yourself in a good book it's finding the time that's my problem, I will have to look this one up. My socks seem to be taking ages I suppose making two pairs at once isn't really a good idea haha. I like the look of the crochet I wish I had seen this pattern when my grandson was smaller he would have loved it. Yes I received my garden catalogue yesterday and have been thinking about what to buy if anything, when I think about the money you spend on plants that don't make it I suppose it's sensible to see what's growing well in your area.

  2. I enjoyed this book too, it was the second one by Linda Green which I've read but I didn't rate the first one sadly. Your amaryllis is looking good, I've never had a white one either, though I do love white flowers. I'm sure it will be very pretty once it's open fully, and how lovely that you've got another one on the back burner which will take over just as this one starts to fade.

  3. I always found it frustrating trying to keep plants alive that didn't want to grow in that particular area. In the end, I did concentrate on things that grew well and it was much easier LOL.

  4. Hmmm. I will have to look for that author. I have never heard of her.

    Your flower is lovely.

    God bless.

  5. My library doesn't have that book so I'll see if I can get a copy elsewhere. Your garden has matured into a beautiful space.

  6. I've read quite a few Linda Green books, some are better than others. Bedding plants dont do well in our soil but I do want to make over the middle section this year.

  7. I don't know Linda Green, I will keep an eye open for her books.

    All the best Jan



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