Friday, May 30, 2014

Off the Needles and Out in the Yard

This little cap is all finished and has been mailed off to a friend in Illinois. I was pleasantly surprised with the yarn-created design in a wool and cotton blend called Sweetness. You can also check this post for another recent finish.



Our garden is in full bloom!  I just love this time of year, especially after the gray days of winter and a very rainy spring.


The golden chain tree is done now, but the Korean dogwood is just filled with blooms. When its flowers fade, they are replaced with a fruit that looks like a strawberry, and the birds and squirrels devour them.



Speaking of birds, this Steller's Jay has been a frequent and noisy visitor.  He's too big to eat at our bird feeder but loves peanuts! Sometimes we are visited by two of them.



The rhododendrons are blooming also. They seem to blossom at different times and add lots of color to our yard. This red one is especially pretty right now.



Columbines are among my favorite flowers along with roses.






Hope you've enjoyed this little garden tour. Some interesting plants are blooming inside, too, but I'll save that for another time. Meanwhile, drop by Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting. You will be inspired!

13 comments:

Dee said...

Columbines are SO pretty. I don't think we have those here. Maybe they need cooler weather than we get.

Your yard looks so colorful.

Cute, cute, cute baby hat!

Nancy Kay said...

Your flowers and flowering trees are beautiful. What a treat to see these pictures. A little rain and humidity do marvelous things!

Nancy said...

The lilacs have just finished blooming as have the apple and plum trees. It will be a while before any flowers, other than those purchased from a nursery, will bloom.

It must be wonderful to be surrounded with so many beautiful blooming shrubs and trees this time of year. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

Susan said...

Gorgeous yard pics, thanks! The jay is a beautiful color, isn't he? Is that a Peace rose at the bottom?

Caffeine Girl said...

Your trees and flowers seem so exotic compared to the ones we have in the Midwest. I especially love the columbines.

kathy b said...

Great hat. They Jays are so noisy and rambunctious. I call them the teenage gang around here

Rian said...

Good to see you out and enjoying the sunshine and nature's beauty. Love the little cap, the recipient is sure to be overjoyed.

Janet said...

Lovely photos. We added columbine to the garden this year. Your rose reminds me of my favorite peace rose.

Paula, the quilter said...

I still have a couple of iris blooming that weren't beat down by the hail. I have made several of those little hats and just luv em.

Barbara C said...

What a cute little hat. Your garden is truly inspiring, enjoy the blooms.

Wendy said...

Just beautiful!

Mereknits said...

Love the hat Judy, and that Jay is so beautiful. Hugs,
Meredith

Wendy said...

Such a sweet hat Judy...your flowers and trees are wonderful! Don't you just love this time of year...I sent you an email to answer your question on the comment you left on the blog...hope your day is going well.