Garden and Applique

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Now on to planting all those bulbs!!  Finally I got the last plant dug out yesterday – thank goodness because it sure was a tiring job – I have been working on this for just at three weeks.  A pile of weeds to cart off to the burning area today and then help Mike with the cement work – he is building a frame for a step and filling in some of it with rocks and bit of the pavement that was cut out where it had been cracked.  He will be ready for cement work soon – we have a cement mixer and have done cement work all over this place it seems so we know what we are doing with it.  Hope to get started on that part of the project soon.


This is what it looked like August 23rd and I had already been doing some digging and hadn’t taken a photo – you can see all the work done since then if you are interested and go back in the blog a bit.


I would have to dump these bulbs out of these containers to give you an idea of how very many there are – the two partial containers have the Tiger Lilies in them and over a 100 bulbs easily, the other pot is full of daffodils – several varieties and I’m not kidding when I say there are close to 300 or so bulbs in there – way more than I realized as there was very little flowers growing the last couple of years, they had gotten way too deep in the soil and way too crowded.  In fact I might dump them out on the pavement to take a photo before I start to look for places to plant them.  All of the daylilies are moved to the edge of the pine trees – some are buried and some aren’t – there were just so many – it is too rain off and on the next couple weeks, the leafs well begin to fall soon and they will get covered up on there own – it was just too much to take care of.  When I get done planting all these bulbs I might go back over to the lilies and start digging holes for them – but maybe not – I might just see what happens with them.


In the quilting area last evening I got the pink flower done, one leaf and the dark pink flower is ready for embellishment.  I did get some more work done on The Final Frontier on Sunday and Monday night but didn’t get a new photo – it looks the same anyhow! I am linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.


When I get done with that flower cluster I will take a short break as I plan to make Aniya (Melanie’s great niece) a Trick or Treat bag for Halloween and I do not like to wait until the last minute – I like to get that kind of thing done early.  I will look for free coloring pages to find a design for a pumpkin/bat/cat/ghost – that type of thing that can be traced out on fusible and machine stitched to a tote bag that will be made with black/white strip and orange print fabric.  Just a simple tote bag the size for a kid.

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12 comments… add one
  • Kathi Sep 13, 2016

    Your bulb collection is enormous from that one area Karen! I am so proud of you for sticking with it and getting it DONE!!! I can’t wait to see Mike and your concrete work in this area next!!!
    I love your applique.. it looks so fun and whimsical to create! Will look forward to seeing Aniya’s halloween bag when you get this flower cluster done.. you can be creating it in your mind as you stitch! Kathi
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    • Karen Sep 13, 2016

      it is going to take awhile to plant all of these bulbs. the concrete area will take awhile to do but it will get done over time

  • Deb Sep 13, 2016

    You were not kidding when you said there were a lot of bulbs!

    I love the tote bag idea for Halloween; she’ll love that!
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    • Karen Sep 13, 2016

      now to plant all of these bulbs – It will sure take awhile!

  • Thimbleanna Sep 13, 2016

    Wow — what a ton of work! Bulb planting is hard to me — I buy bulbs and then they sit around until it’s too late LOL. I started a hand-quilting project last night and thought of you. “Now, if I keep on a schedule like Karen does, it won’t take that long at all.” Haha — we’ll see if I can do it!
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    • Karen Sep 13, 2016

      with this many bulbs I will start to plant them then I get tired of it (or my knees will ) and as they didn’t cost me anything as they multiplied so very very much I will end up toss them in tree areas, some well get covered up enough that in a year or two they will catch and I will have a sparkle of color here and there among the trees.

  • Rebecca Grace Sep 13, 2016

    Ooh, I love bulbs but have had terrible luck with them since moving to the Carolinas. My tulips either rot or get eaten by critters, and the daffodils aren’t even that reliable. Tiger lilies did okay for a few years, but then they were attacked by some kind of bugs or disease that I just couldn’t get rid of that caused ugly shriveled blooms. Finally had to dig them all out and plant something else.

    Your trick or treat bag sounds adorable! That’s the kind of project that I wish I had done more of, but I always overcomplicate those things to the point that they are no longer practical and never get done. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! There are so many cute novelty prints for Halloween now, too, so you might find inspiration there — maybe fusible broderie perse of one of the larger prints for your cat/pumpkin/whatever, or enlarge a smaller print on a photocopier and use it for applique shapes?
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    • Karen Sep 13, 2016

      I want to get done with this cluster of flowers first on the border then it will get set aside and I will work on the bag – it will be nothing fancy – she is almost 5 now and I know at that age nothing fancy is appreciated – playful it will
      I have had a lot of trouble with day lilies – they will bloom but the leafs are always turning yellow really early – tulips never come back I have heard in the south you just have to treat them like an annual – dig them up when they finish flowering, toss them and plant new next year – I gave up on them a long time ago

  • Summer Sep 13, 2016

    You really do have a large collection of bulbs, Karen ?
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    • Karen Sep 13, 2016

      too many!! I think I will wait until after we get some rain to plant them – the ground will be a little softer to dig!

  • CARLA Sep 13, 2016

    Lots of work Karen. Tulips have been hybridized so they only last one year and you have to buy new. Also squirrels love to dig them up and eat them. Better to stick with what works. LOL I always hated tossing extras when I garden but you are right there is a limit to what we can do and we need to remember that. Looks very cleaned up hopefully you get a lot planted and the spring/summer pics will be the payoff.
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