Lily quilt top is done

July 11, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

YAHOO ! – my ‘Lily’ quilt top is done. I love the simplicity of the block and think I might have to try it again with different fabrics.

Lily

Lily 58×74

Except for the corners of the blocks and the border section, it is made using only 2-1/2″ strips. You could easily do this with a jelly roll and yardage for the background.

Of course, no post is complete unless I add a couple of photos from the garden. I have had the ‘endless summer’ hydrangea plant for many years. This is the first year that I have gotten more than one of those beautiful, delicate blooms.

Hydrangea bloom

Hydrangea bloom

Here is some of my red asiatic lilies.

asiatic lily

asiatic lily

The coneflowers and day lilies are starting to bloom. I will have to get my camera out and takes some photos. How are you coming along with your quilt projects?

Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

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RSC June 2016 blocks

June 19, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Have you been following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge? Angela at So Scrappy blog has chosen teal for June’s color. If interested in knowing more, I have a button in the right hand column that will take you to her blog. You can check out her linky parties and see what everyone is making.

RSC June 2016

RSC June 2016

I now have 60 blocks done and eventually I will need to figure out how I want to lay them out.

All of the pinks, rose, and shades of purple flowers in the backyard have been replaced with white and yellow. Many of my day lilies are showing buds so it won’t be long until I have various colors of blooms.

backyard

backyard

Have a great day !

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Spring flowers

June 7, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Warning…warning….post has MANY photos of my garden. I just love this time of the year to be out in the garden. Nice weather, low humidity and the mosquitoes are not out in force yet. Yeah !

One of my many pink peony bushes.

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

I have a few peony bushes that have large dark rose flowers.

Dark Rose Peony

Dark Rose Peony

I really like my circular raised bed in the backyard – lots of place to put plants (please ignore weeds). There are a few empty spaces by the fence. My brother and I removed some old shrubs that were past their prime. I want to replace them with something that will have some winter interest but just not sure what.

Back yard

Back yard

Dwarf Siberian Iris hanging out by the garage.

Dwarf Siberian Iris

Dwarf Siberian Iris

I am not sure but I think the blue flowering plant is called ‘Ajuga’.

Ajugla?

Ajuga?

Columbine has popped up all around the garden this year. Here are some purple columbine hiding among the hostas and peony bushes.

Purple columbine

Purple columbine

Purple Alliums showing off. I used to have couple dozen of white daffodils blooming next to the alliums but only one bloomed this year. Unfortunately, it didn’t get into the photo.

Aillum

Aillum

Peachy pink iris after the rain.

Peach Iris

Peach Iris

Happy gardening !

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Blooming columbine plants

May 10, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

My front yard is going thru some renovations. My brother helped me remove many old shrubs (past their prime) to make way for a new garden. Well, I haven’t figured out exactly what I want but was pleasantly surprised when some volunteer columbine plants showed up. These are the first ones to bloom.

columbine

columbine

Last year I had many columbines blooming in my back yard. Colors ranged from soft pink to maroon and lilac to darker purple. The weather was fabulous last weekend and I was able to get out in the garden and play in the dirt. This week the forecast says rain and cooler temperatures which means more quilting less gardening.

How is your garden growing?

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Flowering crab apple tree

May 2, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Wow… spring has sprung.  YAHOO !   It is amazing how fast the plants and unfortunately the weeds are growing.

My flowering crab apple tree has been blooming for a week or so. We have had rain for many days in a row and finally got some much needed sunshine. I am glad the rain stopped and I was able to get a photo to share with you. The blooms are wonderful but it won’t be long and all of the petals will be laying on the ground.

Flowering crab apple tree

Flowering crab apple tree

blossoms

blossoms

Looks like the columbine in my front yard will be the next to bloom. I wonder what color they will be.

Have a wonderful day!

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More flowers

July 21, 2015 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Flowers are blooming everywhere. There are many day and tiger lilies in the west garden. You can click on any photo and view them in a slideshow.

West Garden

West Garden

The backyard garden boasts day lilies of many different colors

burgundy day lilies

burgundy day lilies

Some of the peach day lilies are in the back yard and I also have another variation on the east side.

peach day lilies

peach day lilies

These day lilies have large flowers.

deep yellow day lilies

deep yellow day lilies

Many, many coneflowers. They have taken over this section of the garden. Sometimes hiding the smaller plants.

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

These are my very favorite day lilies. They came from my Mom’s garden years ago and have been planted in many areas of my garden. The flowers are a bit smaller but they have the most wonderful fragrance.

Mom's day lily

Mom’s day lily

I know…too many flowers not enough quilt photos but I also wanted to share the storm damage that happened last Saturday around 1:00 a.m. Amazing that the branch fell where it did. It ended up around a foot from the house. The big branch on the left side of the photo extends quite a way next to the house. I was lucky that I didn’t have any house damage and the power stayed on. My neighbor’s power was out for almost two days. Weather has settled down and it is cooler with lower humidity and dew points. YAHOO !

storm damage

storm damage

Have a great week !

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June garden photos

June 29, 2015 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Wow…I have some catching up to do to show you the latest flowers in the garden.

The peonies have been done for awhile. I didn’t have a chance to get any good close ups but here is a couple photos.

Back Garden

Back Garden

Pink Peonies

Pink Peonies

Next to bloom were the tiger lilies and pestemon.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

Pestemon

Pestemon

The yellow coreposis is still blooming. It provides a nice contrast to all of the green leaves in that area of the garden.

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

I have volunteer milkweed in different areas of my garden. I am surprised that they have grown to be around 3-4 feet tall. The fragrance of the blooms reminds me a little of lilacs. The plants provides a good food source for the monarch butterflies.

Milkweed

Milkweed

You have to enjoy these hydrangea while you can. One big rain storm and those big flower heads are laying on the ground.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Shouldn’t be too long before the day lilies and astible are showing off their flowers.

Happy gardening !

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