June 1 was Global and National Running Day. I decided it would be appropriate for me to participate in a “Fun Run”…that is, heading to my sewing room to make the easiest, fastest fun runner. I had just small cuts of samples of the Cotton+Steel cotton/linen blend canvas and used them to make two runners. On both, the smallest piece available determined the width of the runner. I cut random widths and played with the placement using the same print at the each end of the runner. Somehow, it just seemed more balanced that way…you know, a beginning and a end. I had a binding prepared and not used from years ago in my binding scrap basket that turned out to be perfect for the long narrow runner. The other runner sports a scrap binding, always a favorite for me. The long narrow runner found its home at my daughter’s cabin on the white harvest table. It is pretty cute there.
The second runner found its home at my house….often on the kitchen island or the dining room table. I even use it now and then on the back of the couch just to add some touch of color that we can see from the dining room and the kitchen.
My Garden this Week This is my favorite daylily…Rosy Return. If I deadhead faithfully it will bloom throughout the summer.
Some of my hydrangeas have started blooming. They really help brighten up large spaces in the garden and their blooms last all the way into the fall, changing their colors as the season progresses.
These Annabelle’s are pretty glorious and I love them grouped with Sun King peeking out just behind. The contrast is stunning, especially in the morning sun.
This variety (Kyushu) has an airy bloom that will turn rusty/pink later in the summer and even a deeper hue in the fall. It is about 8 feet tall and a visual anchor in my back garden. The other varieties of Hydrangeas bloom later in the season. It is always a good plan to have blooming times staggered throughout the summer. There is always something to look forward to each week.
This is one of my favorite combinations…no blooms but great leaf color and shape contrast (Tiger’s Eye Sumac and Britt Marie Ligularia). Mixing plants is much like coordinating fabrics for a project…a blend of different sizes of prints and print images is the most pleasing.
We are having company at the cabin this weekend and into next week, so it is off to the kitchen to get things going. My niece and her family from CO are coming and we are all very excited to see them and spend time with them at what she remembers as her grandparent’s cabin. The weather forecast is good so all should have fun in the water, in the boat and on shore with a cold drink and plenty of good food.