Look what bloomed in my garden this week!!! I have a barn quilt now, made completely of ceramic tiles. It is huge, 48 inches square. My Sweet Babboo has been working on this literally for months. He had to find a tile place willing to sell him just a few tiles in a bunch of colors, then get some of them cut on the diagonal.
The block pattern he used is my Tango block. He researched how to mount the tiles, then made a frame and set the tiles on a backer board in the basement. Finally, he ‘grouted’ the tiles with silicone caulk so there would be some give in it for heat and cold. The barn quilt block is hung on bolts set into studs as the whole thing weighs about 70 pounds. It took three of us to get it put on the wall.
Awesome, isn’t it? It hangs on his detached garage, and will mark the way to the basement door to my studio for friends and customers to easily see where to go. He is such a keeper!!
Elsewhere in the garden, it has been too warm for January, and some of my spring bulbs are coming up. This hyacinth should not be blooming now.
The irises are coming up too. I’ll probably have to cover these when the next hard freeze comes.
Inside, the jungle on the pie safe is contained with stakes. The paperwhites have finished blooming and are taking over, LOL!
The Thanksgiving cactus finished blooming in December, and is still healthy.
Fog settles into the valley on an early morning in January.
On another day, rain moves in with breaks in the clouds for shafts of sunlight. We live in such a beautiful world that can have such views. How lucky we are to have this view from the kitchen window.
Rain didn’t deter the hungry birds, and I got some shots of the visitors this month. This downy woodpecker lives here year round.
Sharing the feeder here is a goldfinch in his winter drab, and a male cardinal.
Here he is again, with a red bellied woodpecker on the backside of the feeder. Another goldfinch is on the right.
Another beautiful dawn breaks over the east mountains, highlighting the architecture of the leafless trees.
My Sweet Babboo made a perch for the female cardinal as she has a hard time hanging on the side of the feeder. She found it and has been using it to eat from the bottom of the feeder.
She is so pretty, here with her feathers fluffed against the cold. He says she is getting fat on the seeds.
The first appearance this year of a house finch was just last week.
I looked out the kitchen window just a couple of days ago to see two female deer crossing the meadow. They weren’t close enough together to get them both in one picture.
They didn’t stay long, moving through the meadow, crossing the driveway and disappearing into the woods.
Inside, I am excited that the red amaryllis is producing a bud!!
This will be the seventh year it has bloomed. Growth is excruciatingly slow. Just to get here took a week. I look for a flower maybe in late February.
I am not going to start seeds this year until February. My Farmer’s Almanac says the best days will be February 15, 16, 23 and 24th to plant seed beds.
What is going on in your garden now?
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