Spring Handwork and the Garden

We are in the full swing of Spring here in the south at the moment, such wonderful and happy days. I watch as the garden turns into a beautiful wonderland of blossoms with fruit emerging after the blossoms have fallen from the trees. Oh, I have such hopes for this garden this season, our quinces are blossoming for the first time, beautiful large white flowers… Our new fruit trees are also starting to fruit too and we are having a bumper crop of asparagus this year!
Jen has been enjoying some needle felting and has created a beautiful Lady Spring and a gnome for our nature table…
Jenna’s Lady Spring and gnome… 

I have been knitting these little pumpkins this week, they make me smile:) Here’s the free pattern.
I have always admired orchids and my Richard gifted me with one out of the blue the other day, don’t you just LOVE thoughtful surprises like this? I do:)…

Aaaaah and my Tasha Tudor books have been taken down from the shelves again, I am going to be reading through them, I find them so inspiring and precious, I definitely consider them to be treasures in my home…

Caiden has been building a wall outside under his tree house. He is waiting for the mud to set and then he will remove the planks, so sweet…

Our Petria is flowering near our water storage tank, the colour is so vibrant…

Lavender by our front door…

Irises are flowering all over the garden, once they are finished, we are going to dig them up and divide them. We usually do this every two years.

Quince blossoms, oh, how I wish for quinces this year!!! Need to look for some recipes…

My Heart Swap has arrived from lovely Lanie. Oh my goodness, I have been so blessed with kindness! I received 3 beautiful crocheted bowls, a flower brooch, button bracelet, sweets and I love the card! Everything was wrapped in a silk scarf. I love my gifts Lanie and thank you so much for taking part. I will email you soon 🙂

Our first Calendulas are flowering… and guess what….. the chickens don’t like eating them! So we will have some flowers in the front garden after all:)
xo
Linda

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11 Responses to Spring Handwork and the Garden

  1. Lori ann September 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    welcome spring! everything is so lovely linda! all your flowers, beautiful orchid too.

    your daughters needlefelt is incredible, what a stunning job she’s done. and those pumpkins make me smile too, i love them, so adorable.

    thank you for the visit, i so enjoyed my time here!
    xo lori

    p.s. i forgot to say how much i love tasha tudor too, i wanted to share this post with you linda, i thought you would appreciate it.
    http://loritimesfive.blogspot.com/2010/02/plateful.html

  2. Tan Family September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Oh, I love everything! How nice to see signs of spring (here is it turning into fall). I’m going to post a link to this on FB. Love the knitted pumpkins!

  3. CrochetBlogger September 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Love the knitted pumpkins. Great for the season!

  4. Celestine September 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I so enjoy all your pictures of spring. We are facing fall and everything is changing here and the bright colors of spring are fading. thanks for sharing.

  5. Joy September 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Those felted people are amazing. Great job! I love the little pumpkins too. 🙂

  6. Claire September 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Beautiful needle felting!

    Chickens don’t like marigolds? I am so remembering that for next year, I’m desperate for some colour in our back garden!

  7. The Handmaden September 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    So much happening, it’s an exciting time of year. great job on the felt people jen, just beautiful! the little pumpkins are very cute too.

  8. Jo @ indigo inspirations September 22, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Oh I love lady spring and all the photos of your garden. We too are in the swing of spring….in fact we have even had a few summer days just to make us appreciate spring. I am looking forward to our mangos fruiting…..we can never get enough.
    Thanks for the post xox Jo

  9. Evi September 22, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    Wow, your Jenna did a fabulous job with her needle felting! They are both beautifully and meticulously done without a strand out of place! Gives me hope that I can do this too – it’s on my list of new crafts to try!!

  10. K September 22, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Jen! What a great job! She’s lovely. And the gnome is very, very gnome-like, a garden blessing for certain. Now I know what lavender looks like. I’d had it confused with the purple sage we get in the desert. Love the pumpkins!

  11. Shannon September 23, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    So beautiful. I love spring!

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