Sunday, May 16, 2010

The blossom of this tree peony is eagerly awaited each season. . . last to appear, quickly shattered.  The color is so delicate and beautiful that words can hardly describe it.  Lemon chiffon.  Magenta accents.
This moment is when I long for a superior camera and the skills to operate it!
There isn't much knitting or quilting going on - when the gardens beckon I cannot resist their siren sounds.   I did cast on an Adamas shawl - in a pretty Knitpicks lace.  Hilary is attending a wedding in June and does not even know that she NEEDS this yet.  I hope to have it finished and ready to present (casually!) in time for the big day!  
You know, when and if she calls to ask - if I have 'anything' in case the night grows chilly ...  
This is JUST the thing - a delicious peppermint-stick pink baby alpaca shawl for my darling girl.  She looks exceptionally beautiful in ANYTHING that she wears.  My hands are raw and chapped from gardening - I have to stop and reapply moisturizer just to be able to work on this lace!  And it's worth it - every stitch.  There is such incredible pleasure derived from creating something of beauty for my daughter - all of you who are mothers know exactly what I am speaking of!

The gardening efforts were gigantic this weekend.  We managed to put in a few raised beds and new ideas are on the horizon for the direction that the vegetable garden is headed toward.  
I am giving the cloth a second chance - I will try anything that promises to eliminate the hours and hours that I spend weeding.  What a peculiar photo of my tomato wires!
New asparagus plants went into the ground - along with basil, parsley, cabbage, lettuces, red and yellow onions, peppes, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, horseradish, dill, leeks, etc!!!  It's going to be a good season.


Exuberant Color said...

The tree peony is breathtaking. I have never had one of those. I think we are finally going to get the hot weather the tomato plants like. Just a few more cool days.

Anonymous said...

The shawl will be perfect!!!!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Someone just mentioned these tree peonies to me the other day. I have never seen yellow ones before. Lemon chiffon is right! They are gorgeous. Thanks, Jody.

Mary Anne Rittenhouse said...

Know exactly what you mean about knitting for a beautiful daughter. Such joy in every stitch!

Bea said...

Love the shawl so far. Really pretty. That flower is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning. I'm glad you got to capture it on film if it disappears quickly.