These must surely be the last of the roses - together with some autumn anemones. You can see the sweet theme which was happening at Shoestring Cottage this weekend!
Four blocks later I had to take myself in hand and stop this indulgent behaviour and get back into the garden. But there are still plenty of treasures to be put into the Doilies and Damask quilt and my fingers are itching to use them all and get started on the embellishing and embroidery.
I realised at the end of the session that I was saving my favourites and not using them, next time I shall force myself to take the scissors to them and put them to good use in the quilt blocks.
some of the pearl and glass buttons which have been hoarded for a rainy day.
By a happy chance the plant given to me by my mum for my birthday is a very unusual white hibiscus with a small but luminous flower. It has been planted in a suitably luxurious hole with lots of fertiliser. There was also a white form of the "yesterday, today, tomorrow" plant but no flowers to photograph as yet.
On ripping open the bags of leaves left to compost at the end of last summer there was a rich loam to spread about, though it was interesting to see how much difference it made if they had been in the sun and heat or not. The bags which had been shaded hadn't yielded such good results. I will be sure to put them all in a warm sunny spot this time, though it is a bit difficult to find a place where they get lots of sun but aren't too conspicuous in such a small garden.
As an antidote to the sugary sweetness of the doilies I had a bit of a play with the wool block with applique, a completely different feel and look. But that's another story.