Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hippitty Hop and So We Walk

Design - "Hippitty Hop"
Chart - "Little Cuties" Volume 1 
Designer - Val's Stuff
Fabric - 30 count unknown blue linen
Fibers - DMC, GAST & WDW -2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 20 March 2013
Completed - 22 March 2013

Isn't that fat, little chick button just the cutest thing?

We had a bit of rain in the last 24 hours, but it has ended now.  There's no reason that we can't go outside and have a look about...

This lichen is dotted with rain drops.

Look at the swollen buds on the Big Leaf Maple!

More raindrops...

Last week I teased that the blooms of the Grand Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) would provide visual proof of why it is a member of the Forget-me-not family. Here's the proof!  

An early bloom on one of the many wild Strawberries.

This is a patch of Clover worthy of St. Patrick's Day!

The small Western Trilliums (Trillium Ovatum) are beginning to bloom.

A waterfall of Indian Plum / Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis).  Oh but they are a lovely sight, lighting up the forest on a gray day.

The willow catkins are a lovely shade of green - Scuppernog maybe? 

The Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is budded up.
This plant has Oregon school colors.  Is it shouting out "Go Ducks!" for the Sweet 16 Oregon / Louisville basketball game tomorrow?

There's the status of the Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa).  If it never bloomed, it would still be worthy of note - the serrated leaves are so pretty.

Large False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum).  It will sport a pretty spray of blossoms at the end of the stalk.

Speaking of pretty white blossoms...
There are two kinds of small wilding trees blooming now.
One is leafing out and has tan / brown bark...

...the other has reddish bark and no leaves as of yet.

Look at these bright green leaves on the Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus).  It took me a while to figure this one out. I suffer from Season Indentification Disorder - I can recognize a plant or shrub in the Summer, but not in the Winter or early Spring!

I hadn't expect to see the Corn Lilies (Veratrum californicum) already.  They grow in the deep, boggy shade and really light up the dark, wet areas.  

We have two of three kinds of wild Lupine.  The leaves are easily recognizable. 

While the leaves of the Lamb's Tongue / Oregon Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum) are just emerging, it will be a few weeks yet before they begin to bloom (if the deer don't eat them first).

Lots of signs of Spring out there by the end of March.  I hope you enjoyed today's walk.


Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

cute little finish.

Giovanna said...

What a pretty finish! And nice pictures in the rain - lots of signs of spring coming :-)

Margaret said...

All I can say is -- you're so lucky..... I want spring.....

cucki said...

Sweet finish xxx

Barb said...

Cute finish. Your pictures made me jealous! We still have snow on the ground and want spring to come real bad.

Pam in IL said...

Hippitty Hop is sooo cute! Thanks for the walk and sharing your beautiful walk.

Maggee said...

I just read your last four blogposts. I am a bit behind in reading and commenting, to say the least. But taxes are DONE! Well, I have to write the checks, but the gathering and doing are done! Love the stitching as always, and wish we had more spring here. Tho it IS inching up in temps here. Gotta run! Hugs!

Barb said...

Oh Beth, your beautiful pictures are making me homesick! I love that button.