June 29

June 29 is my younger brothers' birthday. 


 

Climbing Westerland rose


The garden is celebrating with me!


 

Gratitude

Plenty of rain


 

Wild campanula


 


First sweet pea flower


 


 

 Happy harvest


 


Thank You.

New roses

Rose  Henrys' Gold

June Inspiration

II've been dyeing silk threads in colors inspired by the velvety shades of  petunias


Combinations of lac, logwood, madder and indigo


 The milkweed flowers have begun to bloom. The air is filled  with their heavy sweetmess. The tender, muted pinks seemed like the perfect color for some handspun wool yarn I've been saving.


Milkweed  (Asclepias syriaca)


Handspun wool yarn soaked overnight in alum.

Summer

Officially Summer today, though to me summer really begins on June 1st.


Ripe!


The squirrels and blackbirds keep knocking them down.


Raspberries beginning to ripen


Milkweed


Madder stars

 


Milkweed and madder in a friendly competion for sunshine

June morning

June morning


It's so fine to step outside barefoot,without a sweater, and get started right away. On most mornings,this means just wandering around in wonder and amazement.for awhile.


The backyard is not big, but the cherry tree doesn't seem to mind.



The blackbirds and squirrels .are ready to pounce!


A clothesline fiull of projects

 Silk organza after soaking overnight in alum water



 Another piece of organza dyed with indigo


Vintage linen napkins

Old fashioned


 Both of the Grand daughters have arrived!  Like flowers in the garden, they blossomed one at a time.


Their fresh new lives are a lovely unfolding of beauty, hope and mystery.


White peonies


The little ones have charming, old-fashioned names. Clara May and Ella Jane. This seems just right. The old-fashioned garden plants welcome them with soft perfume.


Magenta peonies (Paeonia officinalis)


Old peony bed


Dr, Huey (1914)


 Mock orange (Philadelphus virginalis)

Sarah van Fleet (1922)


Service-berries ripening (Amelanchier alnifolia)

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