Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winter Stitching Followed by Winter Walk

I am amassing quite the collection of "Starts"...
The border of "Wonderland" is kind of fussy - Smyrna followed by four cross stitches in a different color, followed by Smyrna, followed by...

This Wednesday Walk begins in my sister's Dahlia Garden.

The Dahlia Garden has several natural Springs around the perimeter. 

And a Rambling Rose near her Garden Gate.

She is also the 'owner' of our monstrously large Pussy Willow.  It's feet are near one of the Springs - nice and damp - which the Pussy Willow enjoys.

This Oak marks the right side entrance to our driveway.  I like the structure of the Oak as it is defined against a blue Winter sky. 

Osoberry, Osoberry, Osoberry!

Methuselah's Beard - a lichen - this long draping bunch reminded me of the cobwebs in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

We've had rain on and off, and the Big Creek is running briskly along.

The mosses and ferns have responded to the rain.  If you look closely you can see the small moss seed heads popping up. 

The mushrooms too are happy - This is Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).

I don't know what this is though it has similar characteristics to Turkey Tail.

A lovely blue-sky day - the last one for a while as the next several days are to be gray and rainy.  See you next week!


MoonBeam said...

The fussy border looks worth it. (easy for me to say)

Thanks for the walk through different things than I see in my neighborhood.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I wonder if the rambling rose is what we call rosehip?

carol fun said...

Another wonderful Wedneday walk! Here's hoping Spring is right around the corner. Our winter has been mild and I have daffodils & tulips already poking up. Can't wait for flowers!

RuthB said...

It might be fussy, but it is Perfect! Congrat on the new starts... and the wonderful nature surrounding you.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Your border is looking beautiful!! Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful photos. I love pussy willows and that Methuselah's Beard is something else.

Kathy Ellen said...

'Wonderland's' border does look like it will be challenging, but will be so nice when it is finished.

Thank you for a wonderful walk through your sister's Dahlia Garden. The 'Turkey Mushrooms' are very intriguing.

Blessings for you!

Barb said...

I so enjoyed the walk through the garden. I love to see those interesting mushrooms! Good luck with that border. It will look great when you finish.

April said...

Enjoyed the beautiful pictures!

Nicola said...

I am always amazed by how many different dahlias there are, maybe you could show sone photos when her garden is in bloom.