It’s time to get out in my garden to clear, clean, and plant for fall! My focus today is garlic. I read that soft neck garlic can store up to eight months, so I might try it. Plant large cloves for large bulbs, leave the skins on the cloves, plant two inches deep and six inches apart, wait until after the first day of fall before planting, and mulch about five to eight inches. That’s it! The roots will form and probably not much (if any) growth before winter, but come next spring, things will take off. Now, I just have to get some seed garlic!
This time of year, spider lilies line the borders in some of the gardens at Colonial Williamsburg. They are so beautiful and bring a touch of spring right before fall. Being a bulb and a perennial, what a nice addition they would make to any landscape. Just when you think all the flowers are gone, the spider lily pops up and gives a nice surprise in the garden!
This cute little folky angel is made of a Christmas homespun and muslin. Stained with paints. Floss eyes and lips. Sculpted nose. Filled with whole cloves and hangs by a hemp string. Approximately 7 x 5.5 inches. This one is now available, and I'll be making more in different fabrics.
Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity! [It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore. Psalm 133:1-3 KJV
This oversized ornament is great all year long. Hang it on a peg, a wall cabinet, or on your tree at Christmas! Made of muslin, a mustard ticking, and stained with paints. Floss eyes, lips, and hair. Sculpted nose. Rusty bells at the end of wings, and hangs by a hemp string. Approximately 4.5 x 10 inches. This one is now available, and I'll be making more of these in different fabrics.
Here’s another little harvest from my part-shade garden. I even have one little cucumber! Yay! That’s really amazing to me because when I returned from Texas, my cucumber vines were mostly dried up. It’s a cucumber sandwich for me! The okra size is just right for making that pot of soup. I’ll need a few more things, but I’m going to give it a try. Still wondering how the onion and clove combination will taste!
This little pumpkin will fit in the palm of your hand. Made of print fabric, stained with paints, and filled with about 1/4 cup of whole cloves. This batch of pumpkins is made to look old and worn with tears along the base. Approximately 5 x 3 inches.
It’s been hot and humid these past days here on the East Coast of Virginia, but I know the cold weather is coming soon. I really look forward to autumn days and all that the season brings. It’s a refreshing time filled with fun festivals and family gatherings. I’m looking forward to it!
Wool is an interesting substance. I started learning about wool when creating my sheep ornaments. Not wanting to glue the wool to the fabric, I was led to felt it on. I wasn’t really sure how it would work, but found it worked really great! It’s actually quite amazing. The felting needle is designed to combine the fibers and mat them together. It’s a process that requires one to pay attention - you certainly don’t want to include a finger! Besides making primitive sheep, I’ve always wanted to hook a wool rug and create a wool penny rug – two wonderful pieces of primitive decor. In another post, I’ll share of my visit to Shaker Village where I encountered a creator of wool art.
This year I planted okra in my part-shade garden. I only sowed about six seeds, and it seemed to take a long time before the plants started growing, but once they started, they grew very tall and produced a good amount of okra. In fact, I have okra right now in the garden! I was looking for ways to cook okra, and James Townsend & Sons came to mind – so, here's one of their videos with a historic recipe from Michael Twitty. It's a recipe I’d like to try. I have some of the ingredients right in my very own garden, such as herbs, tomatoes, and okra! It also calls for garlic, which I don't have in the garden but reminds me that I should plant some soon since fall is right around the corner (that will be another garden post). The broth seems interesting using a whole onion with cloves. Just hearing that makes me want to try the recipe! This video gives a little okra history and a really delicious sounding soup recipe ~ just in time for the fall weather. It’s my kind of cooking…throw this in…throw that in…and it comes out just the way you want it.