Monday, April 15, 2013

Bet you thought I was quilting...

Had  to get the hubs to add to my design wall today, so maybe I could get the latest quilt up there and baste it. Fuddled all week trying to get it up right. (Some of the blame goes to time spent on Facebook and blog reading.)

Here's a photo of the addition... gotta get it up higher.

Here's a current picture of my magnolia (from seed) started last year. And below is a close up of the new leaves this year.... They are an evergreen so only drop a leaf or two once in a while. (That's the best kind of tree to offer to the Trick or Treaters or else I offer sticks... some trees drop their leaves just before Halloween, so there are only sticks to show for all my hard work.)

Isn't that a beautiful thing? Some day it may have those lovely (huge) white yummy scented flowers.

Here's the ones I planted early in winter... just after Christmas, I think. One on the right has been up for a week or so... the other two are a surprise today. Go babies! Mama wants to offer you for Halloween this year.

And this fine youngster is the last of the cork oaks that I planted just after Halloween last year. Usually I don't do so good on the percentages. Planted 11 Elm and I have one, only ONE! and I feel  lucky to have that one. The cork oaks are at a whopping 100%... all the seeds I planted germinated! It's an evergreen, too. So there will be 7 of 7 to offer up this year, complete with leaves.
So no sew, but grow baby, grow!


  1. I spend a lot of time on this computer, too. Reading blogs, mostly.
    Going to be a good Halloween this year.
    Nice addition to the design wall. I've hear that many like to baste quilts while they hang on the design wall. Would definitely be easier on the knees.

  2. I have never tried growing a magnolia--here in the northeast we cannot grow them outside--do you keep yours inside all year? It is lovely. I have to re-pot all my plants this week...Julierose

  3. My grandmother had a Magnolia tree in her yard. Love them. So pretty.

  4. I'm amazed at how quickly your baby Magnolia (that you planted after Christmas) grew. They are lovely trees. My only experience with magnolias is when two were in our yard in a rented house we lived in. They are the slowest growing tree I've seen. I recently drove by the old rental, and those trees are the same size as they were 30 years ago!

    My son got married last year in Virginia. In the back of the bed and breakfast was the hugest magnolia I've ever seen. It was easily 1.5 times larger than the three story in. It was magnificent! I can't imagine how old it had to be.


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