Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Sorry for not blogging for so long, those of you that know me (so that’s everyone reading this blog from what I can gather!) will know this is because the last month has been a little on the tiring side (is that how you spell tiring?). So in the last couple of weeks some of my energy has returned and I’ve managed to finish my first Ruffles baby related project.
Drops Baby Jacket
This is the b18-10 Jacket in Moss Stitch by Drops. It’s a free pattern, very easy to follow, and knits up quickly. However, the seams are really bulky, so I’m not sure I’d knit it again. I’m pretty sure you could knit this in the round, and then just sew the arms on (which you could also knit in the round). Not sure that I like seaming…also I’m wondering it they will irritate a baby.
Drops Baby Jacket
I’d like to make a matching hat like this one by pinktimestwo…but I’m not sure how many to cast on for the moss stitch. Decreases etc wouldn’t be a problem but not sure about the cast on. Definetly have enough wool left.
Yellow Flower
Mark and I went to Kew Gardens on Saturday…so here are some pictures from the day. It was lovely, and not too busy. I think this was helped by the fact that first thing in the morning it was really wet. However, this also meant that I was wearing jeans and a three quarter length sleeved black top – which meant I was boiling hot all day. My favourite part of the gardens was the Temperate House, but the Palm House (below) looked better from the outside with the large lavender beds leading up to it.
Palm House & Lavender at Kew Gardens
We also loved the Waterlily House – small but really interesting. They had lots of carniverous plants, and those ones that have leaves that close when you stroke them (although clearly Mark and I were the only people that knew this – as we were the only one poking at them).
Purple water lily at Kew Gardens
There were some lovely statues/sculptures outside the Palm House showing heraldic animals. This bull was one of my favourites, I think the sky looks particularly threatening and war-like in this picture.
Stone Bull
And finally a couple of pictures of tree ferns…I’m going to miss Terence, our tree fern, when we move to Geneva.
Tree ferns in the temperate house at kew gardens
And a little close up too.
Close up of tree fern
If you’re still here then you must like plants and trees, so can anyone tell me – is this a Horse Chestnut. I think it is but am now full of doubt, the leaves don’t look quite right.
Horse Chestnut
And that’s your lot – I’ve been gone for a long time but at least you got lots of pictures of my return! I can also guarantee that there will be two more posts in the next week or so as I’ve already uploaded the pictures.


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I realise that yesterdays post was quite long and perhaps a bit picture heavy, but just let me get it out of my system and then I’ll be back to the craft.

Here’s some pictures of plants that I’ve taken recently in the New Forest, at Furzey Gardens and Kingston Lacey . For a bit of added variety I’ve thrown in some more ‘arty’ shots from the break.

Rhododendron at Kingston Lacey. Although it could have been from anywhere in the New Forest as everywhere we looked there were lovely bright pink flowers.

A beautiful Iris at Furzey Gardens.
Iris at Furzey Gardens

And this lovely plant which I’m sure I’ve never seen before. It’s called Crinodendron Hookerianum.
Crinodendron Hookerianum

I really love ferns and the New Forest was full of them with lots of new growth.
New Forest Fern

And finally, it’s not a plant but I love all the birds that were thatched on to roofs in the New Forest, I can’t begin to imagine how much skill you need to do this. Do you think each thatcher has a particular bird they use?
Thatched bird

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