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Leg Warmers – Complete!

These lovelies have been done for a while.  I was finally able to take some pictures of them earlier this evening, so we’re ready for the big reveal!

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Getting nice pictures of these was pretty much impossible.  They’re black, my sister’s pants were black, and it was dark outside.  I did the best I could!

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I love the flower detail.  It’s so cute!  I used this pattern for the flower.  Easy peasy!  The rest of the project is of my own design.  I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome.

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I used approximately 2.3 skeins of Knit Picks Brava Worsted in “Black,” a size J hook (6mm), and size 7 needles.  I think they have the perfect amount of slouch, but that may just be me tooting my own horn. 🙂

I wrote up a rough pattern on my project page, just in case I (or anyone else) would like to make another pair.  I don’t think I could pull these off myself, but there are plenty of people out there who definitely could!

 

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A Mammoth Falls

Today, while I was sitting on the porch with Eva, I heard a crack and saw one of my mammoth sunflowers plummet to the ground. I don’t know enough about sunflowers to know whether the seeds in the fallen plant’s head will ripen now that the plant is broken. I cut off the head anyway and brought it onto the porch.

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It was by far the biggest flower Eva had ever seen. And it was yellow. She spent some time carefully investigating the bloom, then moved on to plucking the petals. I’ll leave it on the porch to see if the seeds become viable, but I have my doubts. It’s a shame really, because that was one tall plant!

The rest of my mammoths are still standing, and I hope they stay that way. I need at least one to ripen so I can harvest some seeds!


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A Mammoth Blooms

It’s finally happened, folks.  A mammoth sunflower has bloomed.

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If you look closely, you can see Eva's cute little face peeking out from the porch.

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The first mammoth sunflower bloom.

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The mammoths on the side of the house are still growing skyward!

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The view from our front yard.

I’m surprised that the bloom is so small.  Well, it’s not small compared to other flowers, but it’s smaller than I expected.  It’s also on one of my short stalks, so that may be why.

I’m looking forward to seeing if the larger stalks produce bigger blooms.  Then I’ll collect seeds from the largest heads for planting next year.  😀


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A Rose In Bloom

Well….sort of.

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I got this rose bush from my in-laws for my birthday.  It’s some kind of very fragrant beach rose hybrid, I think.  Right now it’s sitting in a pot on the lawn.  I’d like to move it to my porch eventually, but it needs a prettier pot.  🙂

As you can see, the bugs have been chomping on my poor plant’s leaves.  😦  Time for some spray!


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African Violet Seed Pods

I know for sure, now, that the swellings I’m seeing on my dark purple/blue African violet are seed pods!  As such, I took some pictures to share:

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African Violet Seed Pod

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African Violet Seed Pod

The above pictures show dying flowers with developing seed pods.  The following shows a dying flower without a developing seed pod:

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It’ll be months before the seed pods reach maturity, so I’ll have to wait patiently before I can harvest them.  I see 5 seed pods forming as of the present, but that number could change drastically as time progresses.  I’ll post updates as they’re warranted.