I like seeing a bit of the red clay pots contrasted against the mulch and the plants.
We also found some bedding plants that were marked down to $1/each, so we got the other end of the front planter bed all nice and pretty:
The bigger, flowering plant is the lone survivor from last winter - but the new plants are the same, so they should all grow in and look nice pretty soon. The lush green plants are Daylilies - they come back every year and look great.
We planted this desert-ish plant last year and since it made it through the winter, we will probably put another one in - this bed is pretty sparse:
You can see the Indian Hawthorns (there are two planted next to each other - they were looking pretty sticky last year, so we put them together in hopes that they'd look OK, which they do) next to the desert plant. Far right is our poor oleander - it doesn't like the hard freezes of winter and looks burned. This is after I've pruned a lot of the dead stuff, too!
After 15 years, we had to replace some of the edging plant along the walkway to our front door - this stuff did really well, so I can't complain:
Liriope - it will have purple spikey flowers later on this summer.
I had to have a TB test this week, and I was once again, amazed at our technological world, as the nurse said I could just text her a picture of my arm if it looked normal, instead of having to schlep back in to have her look at it in person. Gotta love it!
Sit and Knit update: I finally finished the second of a pair of boot cuffs:
I only have one to show you because I gave the first one to Cary, who I was knitting these for, to try on for size. Yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, colorway is Thistle; pattern is Simple Cable Boot Cuffs.
I did not like this yarn - it was full of twigs and all kinds of debris, and I kept having to pull it out as I was knitting. It wasn't soft at all, so I knew I couldn't make a hat or cowl with it. Boot cuffs seemed like a good idea, as they don't actually touch your skin. So, Cary got a pair (just in time for winter to be over), and I've put up the other two skeins of this yarn (in a blue colorway) for sale on Ravelry. Some people like it, but it's not for me.
I am currently working on three projects - when I get tired of doing the same stitch on one, I switch to another. Plus they're on different needle sizes (and varying yarn weights) so I think it's better for my thumb joint - I don't get it fatigued so quickly:
Left: GAP-tastic cowl - this one had been on hold after I knitted the gray part because I didn't love the second color I had for it...I wanted a true purple and it had too much blue in it. This yarn (Madelinetosh ASAP) was finally restocked last week, so I was able to get the purple and get back to knitting it. Bottom right is a tiny baby sweater - the pattern intrigued me, and I had the yarn, so I decided to knit it. Now, I don't have a baby to bestow it on just yet, but I'm sure one will pop up one of these days. Top right is the Yowza 3 shawl, which is turning out to be as crazy colorful as I'd hoped!
I have to share this picture - I was trying to get a shot of how big the cake of yarn is, but Henry's ears peeking out from behind it made me laugh. I was disturbing him by using the bed (and the good light) for my pictures!
Have a great weekend!