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Packing up a garden, part 1

I bought perennials this year instead of annuals. Scavenged at plant sales, yard sales, clearance sales, you name it. I moved them into tubs since the new neighbors up front have turned the shared garden into their own personal ashtray and I skeeve cigarette butts.

So here is where I will log what’s where for next spring, with the help of a sharpie and duct tape:

Autumn fern

Auturn fern

Japanese ghost fern #1 of 3

Japanese ghost fern #1

Butterfly bush, plus some creeping sedum plus one of those bluebell things from the Honore yard

Butterfly bush

Red penstamon

Red penstamon

Lilac bush, love grass, lamb’s ears creeping thyme and with any luck, a Chinese lantern

Lilac bush

And it only took until October

Moonflower! How beautiful. You were worth the wait since March when I planted those seeds…

moonflower!

So those old beaded appliques

I was looking at this little cardigan, wondering how these beaded appliques happened. Since, you know, I haven’t seen them anywhere.

Like this one:

pearl cardigan

Ah! It’s a backing, like a Bedazzler backing,

pearl cardigan

hooking in the stone PLUS a bead on a wire on the bottom prong, the kind of wire not unlike an earring or a charm.

pearl cardigan

Now I know why I haven’t seen these anywhere. You have to make them yourself…

An old sweater needs a fix

pearl cardigan

This dainty little sweater is an old family favorite. It belonged to one of my mother’s friends back when she collected elderly ladies. My sister had it last, then it started to fray a little in the neck. She gave it to me.

pearl cardigan

I don’t sew much anymore because I don’t have space at home to iron and cut out. So it’s super gratifying to find small projects to do.

I am going to pin this in place,

pearl cardigan

start sewing the inside, and then carefully hand stitch the outside.

pearl cardigan

The pearl adornments make it worth the effort, not to mention the sentiment of keeping this little guy going.

Happiness through pickles

I’ve given up on sewing this summer because I do not have the room. And spending three quarters of my free time taking out and putting away just was not working for my state of mind.

So I’m reading more and growing things and making pickles. Tons of pickles in these new widemouth pint jars whose design I really like.

Eggplant slices for sandwiches

Eggplant sticks for antipasti (Pickled Eggplant Preserving)

Roasted red and orange peppers for both. (Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers | Simply Recipes)

Mister’s on a kraut kick, too. You can imagine the smell.

Flower scrounging

One of my favorite parts of both the Master Gardener plant sale and the Ravenswood Manor yard sale is scrounging plants. Like find what’s $1 or $2 and bringing it home.

Last year it was like cactus paddles and catmint.

This year it’s chamomile and tansy and winecup and autumn clematis from the master gardeners.

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