Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Garden Spring 2015

The Reo 'Hedge'. Covered in Boston Ivy. The doors are smothered here, but still open.

Looking past the Dracunculus Vulgarus (Cobra Lily).

The tank took 6-7 goes to get the colour right. The rose Pinky will be trained  up and around over it, with perfect contrast.

Looking into the Copper Beech hedge pathway. Spirea doing its thing on the right there.

Cotinus Grace starting to shoot up. We coppice it every (late) winter. Often we leave a couple of shoots from last year, to allow flowering, but mostly grow it for the foliage.

It has to be said that my One True does all of this. I put my two bob in, that's mostly it, then enjoy the results.

Proggy / Clippy Rug No.1

Using the Kaitag Rug/Embroidery as inspiration, I've drawn this onto hessian for my clippy rug. I have to think it through a lot yet, as it takes an enormous amount of cloth to complete. I want to use Grandma's curtains, which are peacock blues and very precious. No wasting... once it's cut, it's no good for anything else.
Of course, the patterning is 'fuzzed' with clippy's, as opposed to hooked rugs, so there's no point having a lot of detail. Just broad patterning.
I intend to outline the pattern in taupe/creams and then use reds, deep pinks, turquoise/peacock's and oranges. Very rich colours.
The rug below is another example of the type. I like the little bits of red. It's conducive to the fact that you run out of colours and may need to add bits of whatever you have at hand.