Sunday, November 18, 2018

Much Ado About Spring

There is always much ado about Spring, isn't there, and quite rightly so. It is a season that holds so much promise as each day a new floralicious pretty, unfurls. It is a season that shoos away Ol' Man Winter's icy stranglehold and gently warms the landscape, and as if by  magic sprinkling it with a delicious piquancy of both perfumes and colour. Each day rolls slowly by gently leading one to a wonderful expectation of lazy Summer days.

As you may have guessed by now, Spring is celebrated with a feverish excitement here in my humble abode. I walk most days in the garden with my trusty spaniel shadowing my steps, and when time allows it sit awhile before the pond either with needle and thread in hand slowly stitching some pretty, perhaps reading one of  those "can't put it down" kinda books, sharing morning or afternoon tea with my husband who enjoys a brief respite after tending the garden, or indeed just sitting, reflecting on most anything.

I cannot believe the season of Spring is almost over and is strolling towards Summer. Once again the garden has gifted me with the most delicious of  floral delights. It never fails to extend it's hand and present me with the most beautiful of bouquets daily. Bouquets overspilling with Daffodils, Bluebells, Pansies, Irises, Ixias, Foxgloves, Orange Blossoms, Lilacs, Clematis, Forget-Me-Nots, Granny Bonnets, Wisteria, Love-In-The-Mist.......(don't you love this name.....it evokes many thoughts of all manner of amorous goings on deep within the steamy mist. =D ), Roses....the floral parade marches on and on.

Spring is not only a season celebrated by me, all the critters seem to feverishly celebrate the song of Spring. The chubby bumble bees, the lady bugs, the dragon flies, the fish in the pond, the sweet little birdies......all are frenetically darting from flower to flower doing their Spring thing.

As the days slip into Summer let me share with you just a few (well perhaps more than a few) delights from the garden with which Spring has filled my basket.


















My trusty Spaniel, she rather loves flowers too. Isn't she the sweetest pup??

Of course when Maisie is not inspecting the beauty of each flower she is off chasing the ducks in the early mornings.

There has not been much 'ado-ing' concerning my garden quilt. Very little stitching of it has been enjoyed of late so this week I decided to plant some Foxgloves......well one to be exact. My goodness this little flower took ages to manipulate each petal, each leaf.....some twenty six hours....but whose counting....I AM! I suppose I will 'plant' a few more of these pretties, though I am not looking forward to this as they are so very fiddly to fashion.


Around these parts Foxgloves are usually seen everywhere but this year they haven't appeared. I believe the powers that be have deemed them to be weeds so have eradicated them......but what do they know. If they are considered to be weeds then they can take over my garden anytime. I love to see these pretty, tubular bell-shaped blooms pop up in the garden each Spring.

Slowly, slowly do the flowers on my quilt grow.

Why, as it is Sunday afternoon me thinks I will enjoy a little slow stitching right here in my sewing room and watch the black and white roving kaleidoscope, spectacle that is outside my window. I have auditioned some pansies tickling their toes in the water, so perhaps I will begin to stitch these pretties. A little stitching, then me thinks a spot of afternoon tea on the swing seat beside the pond. Sounds like a most excellent idea if you ask me. Aah.....don't you just love lazy Sunday afternoons?? I know I do.


Later this week both my daughters are flying in and we are all off for a little holiday in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. I am so very excited.  With one daughter living in the USofA and one daughter living in another state way up north,  it is always a joyous occasion when we are all together. It is a rare occurrence these days for us all to catch up. I will be away from my little place for a little while but will visit all your lovely places when I return to my little place.

Before I scurry away for a little stitching let me say thank you to all you lovelies for your sweet comments re my last post. Each one of you bless my days. May your week be blessed with sprinkles of beauty.♥

Until the next time...........

Linking up this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,

57 comments:

  1. Hi Kim wow what an amazing garden area you have the flowers are amazing and that also includes your lovely fabric ones thankyou for sharing .

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  2. Your flowers are all so beautiful. I love your walk ways in the garden. You have a special friend to walk with you and join in with all the wonder around you. Your quilt only gets more magical with every stitch you add. May you enjoy your precious time with your daughters!

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  3. Beautiful photographs Kim. My favourite is the one of foxgloves with the pond behind - stunning. So I was especially pleased when I got to the sewing to see that you had added a foxglove to your quilt, so beautiful. Enjoy your family time. xx

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  4. Much ado is the appropriate and well expected thing to do when it concerns spring if I may say. You are truly blessed to have this piece of paradise around you. The spring has been immensely lavish with this corner and thanks to your camera - we get to enjoy these lovelies ourselves!

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  5. With all that inspiration, you should be kept pretty busy. Thanks for the taste of spring ... so far away for us here...

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  6. Spring in all his glory !!!
    Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures !
    Your quilted flowers are so pretty !!!!!!
    Have a lovely day ! Must be easy in the middle of all those flowers...
    Hug
    Anna

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  7. What a beautiful place to stroll with your shadow dog! Lovely inspiration for your appliqué. Have a wonderful visit with your daughters

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    1. How lovely of you to visit, Gail, thank you. Kim Xx

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  8. Ahhh... As our colors of Fall are fading and the bleakness of winter approaching, it is so refreshing to see the colors of spring. Your quilt is coming along beautifully!

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  9. So beautiful as always! Something for me to look forward to. We got our first real snowstorm here, which is lovely in it's own way. I have made your part of the world a must see destination someday.

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  10. You garden really is beautiful. late Spring/early Summer is my very favourite time of year. I hope you have a lovely holiday with your daughters :)

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  11. Beautiful flowers... the nature ones and the fabric ones!

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  12. I also love spring time. We are firmly in fall right now and I am enjoying the crisp mornings, but there is nothing like spring! Your quilt is really coming along - the flowers are gorgeous, as is your garden. The holidays here are very nice as well because all my kids are home too!

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  13. I’m so amazed at your garden and pond, I had to pick my jaw up. It’s beautiful! I could spend days hanging out there with you. Enjoy your time with your girls, I know how precious that time is. I love when I can get mine all back together at one time. I love the quilt your working on, it’s a beautiful reflection of your garden. Hugs,

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  14. Coming to your blog, Kim, is like walking into nature’s palette. I think I would spend every moment there just taking in all of the beauty. Your stitched flower is so realistic, but it does look quite fiddly. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.

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  15. Good Morning Kim. What a nice visit here to see your live flowers as the snow falls on MY world. Your flowered quilt is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I'm so glad you are having a visit from your family to see how glorious your garden is.
    xx, Carol

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  16. Your flower photos bring much needed respite to those of us in the northern US. We had 12.5" of snow Thursday overnight(way too early for that much snow) and it's snowing big fluffy flakes right now. So my lazy Sunday afternoon will be spent indoors sewing away. Enjoy your time with your daughters.
    Pat

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  17. i do think that the critters enjoy spring almost as much as we do, maybe!! i am always all "abuzz" in spring, there never seems to enough time to do all the things i want to do...and i always want to be outside!!

    your gardens and flowers are gorgeous, the wisteria, stunning!!! the foxglove was worth the time, it is so beautiful, so realistic, and a must include on that pretty quilt!!

    enjoy this time...as the world wakes up. it fills the soul with joy!!

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    1. scanning back through the flowers again today, they are all so beautiful...and those roses, wow...i miss mine!!

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  18. AH, your garden is so lovely, and your photos are the antidote for us here in the northern half of the globe as we head into winter.

    Your floral quilt is beautiful.

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  19. Oh my! I could nearly savor the wonderful scent of each blossom as I viewed the photo! What a stunning array of flora! And your quilt! Fabulouso!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  20. I have no words(mainly in English!!!)to describe such beauty!!!I only can be grateful for you for sharing this blessed post...Beautiful,beautiful and beautiful!Your embroideries are gorgeous and unique!I hope you have a great time with your daughters,full of joy and peace.Big hug!

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    1. Aah....the limitations of the English language....but beautiful will certainly suffice....thank you so much. Thank you for your beautiful comments. Kim Xx

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  21. Hi Kim, what amazing flowers, photos and appliqueing! Enjoy the spring :-)

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  22. Beautiful post. You have spring/summer and we have fall/winter with 18 inches of snow presently on the ground here in western NY. Smiles

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  23. Oh such beautiful flowers real and your creations. Enjoy those daughters as they visit.

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  24. Wow! So many beautiful flowers. Your stitched flowers are adorable! They looks so naturally. :-)

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  25. The foxgloves are so beautiful, also named Digitalis, and it is a good medicin for the heart.
    I once embroidered the Bluebell as one of the flowerchildren after an example of Mary Cicely Barker.
    Your garden is wonderful, just like a fairy tale.
    I wish you a very good time together with your sweet daughters.
    Hugs to you dear Kim.♥

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    1. Mary Cicely Barker's illustrations are beautiful aren't they. Your embroidered Bluebell does sound delightful. Sometimes the garden here is rather like a fairy tale. I often wonder if a fairy will pop out from under a foxglove or perhaps granny bonnet. Thank you for your sweet comments, lovely Loes. Kim Xx

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  26. Oh Kim, I just oohed and ahhed my way through each photo, and tried my best to inhale the wonderful fragrance of all those gorgeous posies. Yes, Maisie is the sweetest pup, and dear companion. Your beautiful quilt is growing the flowers with your magical hands, and with each appliqued stitch. I'm so happy for you in having BOTH of your daughters come for a visit. How fabulous and marvelous for you and your hubby. Have the BEST time, my lovely friend!! xxoo

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  27. Wish your daughters a special "hi"; I won't say have a good time because I know you'll have a GREAT time together. WooHoo! Love seeing all the fabulous flowers in your little kingdom. I sometimes think I like a particular flower until I see the next one - aren't they all just amazing. Don't think I know "Love-in-the-Mist", though - which one is that? Foxgloves are so sweet and your rendition is just lovely. Keep enjoying all the beauty AND sharing it with us, too.

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  28. Such beautiful flower photos! And your dog is gorgeous too. I have a cocker spaniel and a big spaniel fan! Your project is looking awesome. Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  29. Kim your garden has a fairy tale charm to it. The pictures are beautiful. I can see why you love being out there working your magic on your pretty flowers. I'm sure there's a lot of work that goes into having such a beautiful place. You can always tell when someone loves their home by the love and care they put into it. My golly, your garden quilt is a masterpiece. All those little tiny stitches. It's amazing. I hope you have a wonderful time with your daughters. Blessings.
    xx Beca

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  30. What beautiful pictures.
    Nice to meet your blog.
    janicce.

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  31. I, like Kitty, oohed and ahhhed my way through your post. Everything is just beautiful, my friend. Your blossoms are so bright and colorful and that quilt...it's going to be a masterpiece just like all of your creations.

    Have a most wonderful time with your daughters, dear Kim. Hugs to you!

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  32. Oh I'm so happy for you that you will be having family time with your daughters, nothing compares. Nice to see all your spring flowers, we are into fall now. Although I still have some roses and hibiscus blooming. I love, love, love your foxglove flower - worth every bit of those 26 hours!

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  33. waw..so many lovely flowers.
    greeting- evy erlinda

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  34. Oh my Kim, what a delight spring has brought to your yard, so much beauty to take in, I bet you are so excited to go out and see what is blooming next, each season wishes that it would last longer :) So good to see such beauty on such a gloomy winter day here. Maisie is such a cutie and looks like she is enjoying it all so much!
    I am so excited for you to have your daughters together and enjoy your time with them, I know how precious those times can be as they get older and move away.

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  35. I so enjoyed coming along with you on your walk in the garden, dear Kim, and seeing the resulting inspiration in your wonderful stitching! You do live in a little bit of Heaven there - a lovely garden of Eden, to be sure. How exciting to have both of your daughters there together. A very special time - enjoy every minute. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  36. Love all the pretty flowers and your beautiful quilt, Kim. Can't wait to see it finished. Spring really has it easy, when you think of it. The season before is too cold and the one after too hot. And not only does it have good weather, it is brief, which makes it all the more precious. I call it an unfair advantage on other, and much more hard working, seasons.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. What lovely flowers, both in the garden and on the quilt! They'd be lovely anytime, but up here in Canada it'll be a while before we see them outdoors again. Enjoy your holiday with your girls!

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  38. A garden of delights. Wow. So very lovely, Kim.
    Foxgloves are a wonder, along with Love-In-The-Mist. Your irises are stunning. An afternoon in such a garden would be heavenly time well spent.
    I adore your quilt.
    Enjoy your time away with your daughters.
    xo to Maisie.

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    1. Yes Foxgloves are a wonder aren't they. I always imagine I will see a sweet little fairy's face pop out from the flower. Love, love, love Love-in-the-Mist, they are so wispy and pretty. An excellent flower to plant as they pop up in the thousands the next Spring. Somehow, I think I will have the best time with my daughters; so very excited! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful week, beautiful Dixie. KimXx

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  39. It is always a pleasure to see your enchanting garden. Ms. Maisie looks lovely amongst the flowers. Foxgloves are one of my favourites, great to see one growing in your fabric garden as well. Have a wonderful time with your daughters, Kim!

    -Soma

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  40. I don't know why it surprises me the read about spring in November when I know the southern hemisphere has seasons opposite ours in the norther hemisphere, but it does. We're headed into snow and winter, a season I love, but it's fun to see your fresh flowers in bloom. The flowers in your photos are beautiful, and so are your appliqued flowers.

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  41. So lovely to see all those wonderful spring flowers adorning the landscape and reflected on your quilt. Hope you enjoy your holiday with your daughters.

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  42. Kim - just when I think I have seen the garden of all gardens, I see this post! I am sure you know how blessed you are with this garden - I can't wait until every plant of mine is as voluptuous as yours! (I have some blue columbines, but this was their first year and no blooms.) I enjoy 'just sitting' in my garden - it's the time you see things you wouldn't otherwise see. Enjoy your family get-together!

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  43. So much beauty in this post Kim. I thought I had commented on this but cannot find it anywhere & am having (yet more) internet issues so maybe it didn't publish. Again I say to you .... you should make postcards up of your beautiful garden photos. They are just so very gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend dear friend ... we are getting good gentle rain here which is giving the garden a wonderful drink. xxx

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  44. No, I'm not the least bit jealous. Not at all. No. As I sit here, having gotten through a couple of days of extreme cold (coldest in over 30 years) and currently hearing rain hitting the window. I am not setting foot outside to see if it's of the freezing sort. No, not jealous. Nope.

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  45. Your garden is stunning and so is your foxglove. Have fun with your family!

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  46. I have been to botanical gardens that aren't as pretty as yours! Thanks so much so showing us your beautiful flowers, the living ones and the fabric ones too.

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  47. How gorgeous! I love the taste of spring I get when I visit you! Your flowery quilt is going to be a masterpiece! Foxgloves. Amazing.

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  48. Kim, have a lovely holiday with your daughters! Maisie is so precious!

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  49. questa tua trapunta è incredibile! che bell'aria di primavera si respira nella tua casetta virtuale, non vedo l'ora che passi l'inverno. un abbraccio e grazie per essere passata a trovarmi <3

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    1. Thank you so much for blessing me with your sweet visit. Kim Xx

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