Monday, July 24, 2017

Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus are pretty plants in the African violet family.  I currently have two hybrids, and both are in bloom right now.

This one is called Lacy Snowflake.

Streptocarpus 'Lacy Snowflake'

And this one doesn't have a name but is very pretty.

Streptocarpus NOID pink

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The zigs are zagged

I finished the zigzag section yesterday!

Getting there...

I also did one of the diamond stacks yesterday and two more today, but no picture of that yet because my phone isn't charged and I'm too tired to wait and I'm going to bed.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chain reaction

So I was watering my deck plants this morning, as a break from stitching on the hardanger curtain.

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger, I thought I should probably water the strip of garden between the driveway and house as well.  The plants there are lavender and other drought-tolerant plants, but they do appreciate an occasional drink when it's been this hot and dry.  Watering that area reminded me that the four little varieties of sedum that I bought in May would probably appreciate being planted in the ground instead of being left to dry up in their 4" pots forevermore, so I planted those while I was in the area, after pulling a bunch of weeds.

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger, I noticed that my car was still extremely dusty from last week when I had to drive an hour on Forest Service roads to get to a job site.  I had hoped that it would rain this week and wash the dust off for me, but no dice.  So I pulled the car down the driveway a little and hosed it off.

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger after pulling the car back into the carport, I noticed that the front garden beds were looking a little droopy as well, so I set up the west hose and sprinkler to water the main bed, and used the driveway hose to spot-water the rest.

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger, I noticed that the fuchsias on the front porch were droopy because I meant to water them yesterday but forgot.  So I put the hose over the porch wall and watered the fuchsias. 

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger, I noticed that there was an area where watering the driveway bed had splashed dirt up onto the house siding.  So I used the hose to wash the dirt back down to the bed where it belonged.

As I was putting the hose back on the hanger, I noticed that the area of siding around the hose hanger was looking dingy from a couple years of accumulated wind-blown dust and forest fire smoke.

So I used the hose to rinse off those areas. Then the adjacent areas looked dingy by comparison, so I hosed those off as well.  Then the areas adjacent to that looked dingy so I hosed them off.  Then the next bit of adjacent area.  All the way around the house.

Long story short: a quick ten minute break to water my plants on the deck this morning turned into three hours of yard work and washing my entire house.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

So close!

I was stitching along this evening, and as I got close to the end of the zigzag I was working on, I thought to myself, "Wow, after I finish this I'll only have three zigzags to go!"

Then I looked at what I actually have left.

So close!

I only have two zigzags left!

Somehow, there has been a hiccup in the space-time continuum.  I know that there were four zigzags left when I quit at 11:00 pm last night.  I can't have done two zigzags today, because that would be 12 hours, and there aren't that many non-working, non-sleeping hours in my day.

So there are three possibilities:

1.  Wormhole, time vortex, or other hitherto unknown temporal disturbance with associated memory loss that gave me an entire extra day between yesterday and today.  (Unlikely, but if true I wish I could remember how I did it. Extra days on demand would be awesome.)

2.  I stitched in my sleep last night. (Unlikely. Stitching on this fabric requires a bright light, and that would have woken me up.)

3.  I can't count when I'm tired.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Red red red

Today's cactus is Gymnocalycium baldianum.  This species is native to Argentina and can be quite variable in terms of flower color, ranging from deep red to white.

Gymnocalycium baldianum

My plant has beautiful dark reddish-magenta flowers, and it's just gorgeous.  I don't have any other cacti this color.

Gymnocalycium baldianum

The flowers last for 3 to 4 days, but only open fully in bright sunlight.  The close at night, then open again the next day.

So pretty.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More hardanger curtain progress

I may have seriously underestimated the amount of work left on the curtain.  It's been another week of working on this every day, and I'm only a bit over halfway through the zigzag strip.

Curtain progress

It takes about six hours to do one zigzag, and I have six left.  Then the stacked diamonds.  And then cutting around the whole outside to release the curtain.  (Not to be confused with releasing the kraken.)

Curtain progress

I have 18 days left until the deadline for Fair entries.  Countdown to 5:00 pm on July 30.  I may not make it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My third Masdevallia

Guess what!  I have successfully bloomed another Masdevallia orchid!

Masdevallia Maui Lollipop

This is Masdevallia Maui Lollipop, a hybrid between Masd. Angel Frost and Masd. mendozae. I got this plant in the fall of 2015, and it's been a good grower, especially considering I have it in my north-facing bathroom.  I expect if I found it a sunnier spot it would flower better.

Masdevallia Maui Lollipop

It has such cool tubular flowers.  This one isn't as bright orange as some I've seen pictured, but it's very pretty. This particular flower is a little wonky because it got stuck behind a leaf as it was developing, and I didn't rescue it in time.  Normally they are held slightly taller than the leaves.