On a Saturday, M and I can often be found with friends touring around Amador County here in California wine tasting. Many times I drove us (I’m almost always one of the designated drivers) by the Amador Flower Farm with over 1000 (!) varieties of daylilies for sale. One Saturday afternoon last August, knowing we were going to remove a large swath of lawn and replace it with drought tolerant plants, I pulled in and we took a look. The owner told us to come back in September when all the daylilies are on sale, and also wouldn’t curl up and die as soon as we put them in. So we did. And now we have some beautiful drought tolerant daylilies.
Salvia, daylilies and yarrow play nice together and are all as rugged as pretty flowers can be.
High noon and these flowers take a beating from the sun, but they are doing well.
Early morning light, and today’s flowers just opening with yesterday’s spent blooms.
When it’s over 100 outside, the daylilies don’t get a break, but I go into the AC and knit. Recently, I decided I needed some more crochet hooks for fixing mistakes, and then I needed enough merchandise to get free shipping. Hence I purchased some Wool of the Andes sport weight to knit Puck by Boo Knits, a striped crescent-shaped shawl. I need to finish some other things before casting on, but I am pleased with the colors (one never knows when ordering online).
Green Tea Heather, Fairy Tale, and Cobblestone Heather
I seldom knit multicolored projects, so this will be fun.
Do you know what smart people don’t do? They don’t finish knitting a wool scarf in November and then wait until the first 98 degree day the next June to do a photo shoot.
The person in this photo is not smart. And she’s now a blonde. Coincidence? She has learned that blondes do have more fun.
The other not so smart thing she did years ago was to buy a multi-colored, thick-and-thin, single ply yarn. What the heck is one supposed to knit with that? Well, a Misty Garden Scarf is about the only thing that fits the bill. Fortunately, years (so many the yarn is discontinued) after buying this yarn, Plymouth Yarn Trabajos del Peru, my mom gave me her Austrian boiled wool coat the exact same green as the green in the yarn. It was Kismet.
The color variegation works well in the Misty Garden (essentially feather and fan) lace. And the colors brighten the coat, and keep too much of the loden green from being right next to my face.
This worked out so well, I am ready to put Misty Garden to the test on another variegated yarn I bought long ago:
At least it’s mohair, one of my faves.