Hosta grow by the hour.  Peony and ligularia conspire toward heaven with their burgundy-hued leaves – both ruffled disks and palmated clusters.

The maple trees lining our neighborhood streets unfurl their leaves seemingly overnight, transforming the city.  Everywhere, inhabitants go, “Ahhhhhhhhh.”  Evidence of nature’s resilience and capacity for growth is on display and provokes the idiotic but grateful query, “Does this happen every year?! Really?”

Joe Pye weed keeps up with the hosta, and little scilla clumps spring up and out of spiky leaves all over the south side of the house… goat’s weed and white nancy busily filling in everywhere else.  It’s just the beginning.

I potted up my basil and tomatoes, and divided some perennials for my sister.

With Newton Open Studios less than a month away, I am in ‘full mess mode’.  Sachets, purses, dolls are in progress all over the first floor, and after the initial freedom of taking over the family room, it suddenly feels like too much. I plan to start the week folding and tidying.

Too much to report on lately is the feeling.

I finished hand-quilting a Global Warming Quilt a couple of days ago and am calling it ‘Joplin’.

While stitching this large central spiral, my husband and I were watching Nova.  The program showcased the science of tornadoes — their destructive power and unpredictability — while detailing the intensely active year of 2011.  It was weird — remember? — to watch the morning news last summer and watch one awful scene of destruction after another.  Joplin was one of the hardest hit towns.

This is pre-binding.

And, last but not least, here is first finished bag.  It’s a very unstructured linen tote, with silk handles and lining.

5 thoughts on “weekend

  1. deanna7trees

    love seeing all the things that sprout in springtime. i planted lambs ear this year. haven’t had that in a while and i love touching the leaves…so soft. just love your stitched piece.

  2. deedeemallon

    I adore lamb’s ears, too… and for some reason they took a long time to get established in my walkway bed…

  3. Julie

    Love that bag–so pretty. Wouldn’t it be awful if “global warming” did all those gorgeous plants in….I am thinking of planting drought-resistant species here in SE CT–we are finally getting lashings of rain….Julierose

  4. Jane

    beautiful photos, great to see things growing!….our weather certainly is strange of late, we have drought declared in some areas here in the UK.

  5. deedeemallon

    the rain has been falling down and finally the ground has received the soaking it’s needed!!


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