Home & Garden: Started out Rainy

This week we had some much needed rain for 2 days.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The first day of rain measured about 7 cm or 70 mm. The gardens loved it. The second day of rain wasn’t so heavy. On Friday we had a terrific thunder storm which lasted about 15 minutes and there was at least 1 cm or 10 mm more.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The flowers loved the rain and the yellow loosestrife and daisies started blooming.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

Next to start blooming were the evening primrose, stringy stonecrop, feverfew.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The Egyptian Walking Onions are beginning to form the topsets.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The roses, which had a really hard prune about two years ago when we had new siding put in are blooming this year. This rose bush was here when we moved in 37 years ago.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The honeysuckle garden in the rain. Looks like the two visitors having tea are sheltered under the branches.

middle of June 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The fence garden by the shed loved the rain. The bird bath even got filled with rain water.

peonies at craftygardener.ca

Unfortunately the peonies don’t survive rain storms and I had to go out and cut them all back after the rain had finished.

One of the repair jobs this week involved some slow stitching on a mini plant poke flad.

the mini plant poke flag at craftygardener.ca

It was originally a little blue flag with two motifs on in. Over the years the blue background suffered from material fatigue. Until finally the top part broke away from the little holder.

the mini plant poke flag at craftygardener.ca

I took it apart, measured another piece of material, and decided to sew the motifs on each side of the double sided piece of fabric. I used fine fishing line to hand stitch the motifs on.

the mini plant poke flag at craftygardener.ca

Then it took some slow and careful stitching on the sewing machine to get it attached.

the mini plant poke flag at craftygardener.ca

For now it is in the pot on the corner of the deck. I have a tendency to move things around so I don’t know where it will end up. In this picture you can also see the watering can I re-painted and one of the trillium rocks.

Other garden flags I’ve made:

I’ve got a thing for rocks, either painted or left plain.

the rock orb at craftygardener.ca

This is the rock orb that I made by joining 2 hanging baskets together and filling with rocks. The photos above were taken a couple of years ago.

embroidered pillow cases at craftygardener.ca

Embroidery has been slow this week. The rainy weather really affects my arthritis so working for any length of time is hard. I also had a busy week with a bbq/strawberry social that had to be moved inside because of the rain, a zoom cooking class where we made delicious fudge, and a viewing of a condo which would mean a considerable downsizing for us. No decision made yet whether we will actuslly move, but this is the second condo we have looked at.

I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

the front garden at craftygardener.ca

The weekend weather has turned lovely and sunny, so time to get outside and do some more deadheading and maybe even pulling of weeds that probably grew with the rain.

garden line

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10 Responses

  1. Jenny Benton

    I love how you rescued and recycled your little plant flag. And your orb of rocks, that’s a clever idea. Mmm, downsizing, it’s not easy at all. But sometimes it’s the next step along in life, isnt it.

    • Crafty

      The downsizing has to be done sometime, I’m tackling it one day at a time.

  2. Vondean Erickson

    I loved to see the rain drops on your plants. We need much needed rain but so glad no fires yet. My family in the Midwest are really suffering from the smoke from Canada. So sad to see so many trees and houses and such burning.
    I downsized and not easy. I miss so many things I had in my house. But guess there is a time and need for everything.

    Have a good week.

    • Crafty

      Last week was rain, this week it has turned hot. It seems ever time I open a cupboard I find things to give away. A huge job for sure.

  3. Gail

    Isn’t it amazing how the rain perks everything up?! We’ve been working on getting rid of items we no longer use or need. The house is still full! I like your new embroidery.

  4. Myrtle Thomas

    The rain sure does help the gardens come alive. I enjoy watching all your gardens growing Linda. You did a lovely job on the flag you took apart and put it back together using a fine fishing line, very interesting.

    • Crafty

      Hi Myrt, guess I’ll be stopping crafting for awhile while all the downsizing goes on. Sure turned hot, just in time for the start of summer.

  5. Debbie- Dabble

    We did get some rain but we are in a drought with a deficit of about 4-5 inches…
    My house is only 1300 square feet so if we do downsize, our next step would be into an apartment…I would move in a heart beat but my husband is not thrilled with the idea of having to pay rent when we own our home.We couls take the money made on the sale and set up an annuity that pays us monthly and that would be what we use for rent….Since I lost weight, I am doing so much better physically but that can always change in an instant….I hope you are having a good week…

    • Crafty

      Hi Deb, we are in a 4 bedroom, 2 level house with about 1/3 acre to look after. We are looking to move to a 2 bedroom condo, all on one floor, no stairs at all for me to deal with. Far less cleaning, but of course much less space. And a nice small garden to look after. Hubby isn’t totally sold on idea because of so much downsizing. We would have to pay condo fees monthly which would cover grass cutting, snow removal, and outside maintenance. If it’s meant to be everything will fall into place. Have a lovely week.

  6. Quilter Kathy

    I enjoyed your rainy day photos… and the rock collection 🙂
    Enjoy your hand stitching – looks like you’re stitching a pillowcase edge?

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