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I’m not sure what this is called. If you live in England, I think it is called a bunting, but here in American it is called a banner.  I love the idea of cute little flags flapping in the breeze and adding a bit of color to the yard. This was a fun and easy project, and I am sure I will be making more. Maybe some for inside during the holidays?

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Here’s what’s in bloom in the backyard right now.  Painted daisies, chartreuse zinnias and day lilies. I hope I cropped out most of the weeds :).

Hope you enjoyed the weekend doing all the fun things that make you happy!

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Remember my idea of having a pink and green garden?  Here are the zinnias from that grew from the packet labeled pink zinnias. Am I mad? No way! I love the mix of colors.

zinnias 001Isn’t this orange scrumptious. There is no way I could have mixed these colors the way that mother nature did.

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I have to admit I can take very little credit for the growing of these beauties. Other than buying the seeds and potting soil, Becky has been the gardener this summer. She has planted and watered these zinnias to the peak of perfection. I am so glad she has a green thumb!

Becky and I were up for a mini road trip and decided to go to a sheep and wool show about an hour from our house. Music in the car was provided by the new Green Day CD. It was a bit incongruous listening to punk music while riding through the country side.

We weren’t sure what to expect at something called a sheep and wool show, but were delighted at what we found.

There were animals:

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goatI tried to get photos of the sheep, but the lighting in the barn was not so good. I think that the sheep were for sale, and I didn’t realize that they could get so large. Does anyone know how many skeins of yarn you get from one sheep? We also thought it was ironic that they would serve lamb at this kind of event.

And there was yarn:

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solids

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hand dyed

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cottons and wools

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indigo dyed

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boucles and all varieties of colors. There was also an abundance of wool for spinning and dyeing. It was interesting to see the wool being spun, but I think I would rather spend my crafting time actually knitting or crocheting a project. It was tough deciding what to bring home. Since I didn’t have a project in mind, I bought a skein of multi-color fingering weight that could turn into socks,  a shawl or a pillow.

Here’s what is blooming in the pink and green garden this morning

azaleaazaleas are in bloom by the side of the house. It blooms every year, but hasn’t grown much. I am thinking about relocating this little beauty in the fall.

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peony2and my peonies are just starting to bloom, right on time-they bloom every memorial day weekend. Love the colors, love the scent.

Off to a memorial day picnic/birthday party this afternoon. Looking forward to being outside, eating yummy food and visiting with family. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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“Everything I Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” is so true. Remember the fun of planting seeds in decorated cups for mothers day, and the thrill when the seeds sprouted? Becky absolutely is still thrilled with this idea and insisted on buying more seeds for the pink and green garden. We are really excited about the chartruese! zinnias. Becky decided the Canterbury Bells will give the garden a more “English cottage” look. I think I agree. If the painted daisies grow, I think they would look great in containers.

soilplantI don’t think you entirely outgrow wanting to play with dirt.

sophieSophie decided to help by chewing on any small pieces of wood she could find in the yard.

I am really excited to see how the experiment goes and hope we will be knee deep in flowers all summer long!

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This is the start of my brilliant idea to have a pink and green garden this year. I ordered three hydrangea plants from qvc that arrived last week, and are finally planted. They are much smaller than anticipated, so I really hope they grow.

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Becky and I bought seeds at Target that are for the  most part pink. Zinnias, morning glories and sweet peas.  So far the zinnias and morning glories have sprouted. Like my pink toenails?

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I bought gladiolus bulbs at Lowe’s, and planted them today.  I am envisioning the border to look like Lilly Pulitzer fabric come to life.

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I already have hostas growing in the border. I love hostas! This is the one plant I have been unable to kill with my brown thumb.

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My bleeding heart is doing OK too. It is huge and has lots of hearts on it. It loves the spring, but doesn’t look this lovely during the summer.

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I think this plant is called sweet woodruff or something like that. It has these adorable white flowers during the spring, but will provide the green for the pink and green that will hopefully flourish during the summer.

I am really looking forward to seeing how these plants come together during the summer, and am keeping my fingers crossed that I planted the gladiolus bulbs correctly.

I also have peonies that are various shades of pink, and bloom right around Memorial Day. Now all I have to do is keep everything watered, add some mulch and keep the weeds at bay.