I’m not sewing now because……

Spring has sprung in central Florida.  I’m not sewing now because this is the most glorious time of year in the most glorious place to live.  I’m not sewing now because I love to be outside in the midst of blooming azaleas, dogwood, and roses with the sweet perfume of citrus blossoms in the air.  And I’m not sewing now  because there is just so much gardening that needs to be done!

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Orchid pink azaleas border one side of the driveway from the road until it gets to the Confederate jasmine climbing a palm tree.  The leafless shrub to the right is a gorgeous oakleaf hydrangea who is slow to awaken from winter. Those leaves need raking.

 

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My sewing room looks over this bed of roses, but the view is better from outside. These bushes need fertilizer.

 

This is what I see from that lattice window in my sewing room.  But again, seein the bouganvillea from outside is better.  It needs to be tied up to the porch.

This is what I see from the latticed window in my sewing room. But again, seeing the bouganvillea from outside is better. That thorny climber needs to be tied up to the porch.

 

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Another bouganvillea grows on the opposite end of the back porch and hangs down to the kitchen windows.  An aggressive climber, it is trying to get into Bob’s upstairs study.  It needs to be cut back.

From the back door to the wash house I see beds that need weeding and more weeding.

From the back door to the wash house are beds that need weeding and more weeding.  I need to take cuttings from the night blooming jasmine that is about to smother the dinner bell.

 

These 4 o'clocks just outside the back door are about the only thing that needs no attention.

These 4 o’clocks just outside the back door are about the only plants that needs no attention.

 

The white bleeding hearts need regular encouragement to hug the post.  The silly owl that sits there is my husbands attempt to keep the woodpeckers away.

The white bleeding hearts need regular encouragement to hug the post. The silly owl that sits there is my husband’s attempt to scare the woodpeckers away from the wash house fascia board.

 

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This antique climber, Tausendschon, blooms so profusely in the spring. But the purple queen in the bed below needs to be replanted.

 

The Boston fern at the front door needs to be repotted.

The Boston fern at the front door needs to be repotted.

 

I LOVE my potting shed.  Bob built this for me about 10 years ago.  I need to spend more time there.

I LOVE my potting shed which Bob built for me about 15 years ago. I need to spend more time there.

 

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The azaleas’ spectacular spring show is short lived but the bushes are not. These shrubs are at least 60 years old.  They don’t need any attention right now, thank goodness.

 

It's time to fertilize the citrus.  And get it picked.

It’s time to fertilize the citrus. And get these oranges picked and juiced.

 

I'm pretty sure heaven is perfumed with the scent of citrus blossoms.

I’m pretty sure heaven is perfumed with the scent of citrus blossoms.

 

Rusty, my formerly feral cat, likes to hang out near this wild flowering plum and the tree house.

Can you see Rusty, my FF (formerly feral) orange marmalade cat in  the bottom left corner?  He likes to hang out near this wild flowering plum and the tree house.  The branches near the top were nipped by our last cold snap and need to be cut away.

 

This was a few Easters ago, in front of the pink knockout roses.  Which reminds me........I MUST get started on Easter outfits.

These pink Knockout roses were just cut back and will look awful for about 3 weeks.  So I’ve used this photo of grandchildren Robert and Laurel taken a few Easters ago when the roses looked good. And that reminds me……..I MUST get started on Easter outfits.

 

Have you started —or finished—Easter sewing?  I’d love to hear about it or about your gardening projects.  For those of you who are still wrestling with winter,  Spring WILL come.

 

waiting for spring ME

12 responses to “I’m not sewing now because……

  1. I am looking for the Belles and Beaus Circa 1931 Embroidery Pattern. I want to make the Linen Dress from “Sew Beautiful” summer 1989. (Page 70). Thanks for any help you can give me! Was it a collar pattern ?

  2. Oh Wow!! You live in flower paradise!!

  3. Your garden is beautiful. Should be featured in Southern Living!

  4. Thanks, Jeannie and Sue. When we moved here in 1972, the azaleas and lots of camellias were here. The hurricanes in 2004 blew down two huge oaks which fell right on top of the 50 year old camellias. Bob and I both love to garden and have really enjoyed seeing the changes we have made. Did you read the post about the trees we planted for each of the children and grandchildren? We especially love that.

  5. Ann, I am sorry but I do not have that pattern, either for sale or in my personal stash. Good luck finding this. Those Belles and Beaus patterns are genuine treasures.

  6. I don’t blame you; what a lovely spot! We’ve been able to get out for several walks in the last couple weeks; I’m happy with just the warmth from the tail-end-of-winter. 😉

    I haven’t actually started my Easter sewing. But I’ve made all the decisions and ordered the needed fabric/patterns. Blue and brown and bunnies this year!

  7. Jo, I expect it felt good to get outside after this long winter. I hope spring is on its way. I can’t wait to see your Easter outfits.

  8. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures – I am vicariously enjoying the springtime, after another winter blast in southwest Missouri left us with an inch of snow today. Hopefully this will be the last one and it will feel like spring in a few days. There are some crocus and hyacinths trying to peek through!

  9. Nancy, I am so glad that you enjoyed my Florida spring photos. These past few winters have been incredibly brutal for Northerners. But when your spring does arrive, with those lilacs and crocuses and hyacinths–you will have your own natural heaven. Meanwhile, keep warm and dry!

  10. Julie Williams

    I’ve finished my nephews Easter outfit. I made the Children’s Corner Johnny pattern with an embroidered insert. The embroidery is three French knot sheep grazing in the grass and the fabric is pale blue pima cotton batiste. His sister is getting the Little Seamstress dress from one of the Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazines in pink pima cotton batiste and I start smocking it today!

  11. Julie, that sounds absolutely lovely! I’d love to see a picture of either or both. What fun to make matching outfits for little ones.

  12. Flowers are stunning as ever! Still no flowers in Missouri ;-(
    No sewing either…lol

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