Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Tuesday Garden Tour

Design - "Bee on Black" - freebie for charts 184-187
Designer - The Prarie Schooler
Fabric - 28 count black evenweave
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 June 2014
Completed - 5 June 2014

I've had issues before stitching on black.  In this case though everything went very smoothly.  I think it helped that this was evenweave rather than linen. Also I found that working on it outside in natural light made it relatively easy to stitch.  I do like how the rich colors really 'pop' against the dark fabric.

It's Tuesday so it must be time once again for a Garden Party over at An Oregon Cottage!  On Sunday my Mom and I visited several gardens as part of the Eugene Symphony Guild's "Music in the Garden"

The first garden was a very new garden.  And a lovely garden.

I think there was no lawn at all in the back of the house.
Instead there were trees.

Lots of trees! 

The plant combinations were inspired.

All of the gardens on the tour were on the larger lots that ranch-style homes build in the 1940s/1950s had in the north edge of town at that time. This gardener had a great sense of humor!

Ferns glowed in the shade of this garden.

This gardener had a great sense of humor! Croquet mallets as row markers in the vegetable garden.

The next garden had an impressive display of bonsai,

a wonderful turtle bench,

and a great collection of old nozzles.

Noah's Ark greeted us at the next garden.

And a trellis of sweet peas - I do like sweet peas.

I also like plants with honking big leaves!

The final garden on the tour was a mix of "old bones" and "new ideas".
Here's a new birch glade.

Water reigned king in the garden which included a 'serious' swimming pool.

The fish did not feel out of place, believe me! 

Pretty and restful.

Mom and I had a great time touring the gardens. It is wonderful that there are folks willing to open their gardens for others to enjoy.  I hope you enjoyed the tour too.  

One year ago today Mom and I visited the London Transport Museum.


Melissa said...

Congrats on your cute little bee finish!

What a wonderful garden. I love the use of those mallets too! I should think about tucking in whimisical things in my garden. The hunt is on!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Stitching on black is to be avoided and yet I think the end result looks so good. I like the Ark in the garden.

cucki said...

Aww it's such a sweet garden...
Sweet hugs x

Maggee said...

Great tour--I LOVE the one with all the water features!! Yummm... along with the turtle bench and the fish! All my faves! I am going to check and see if they do garden tours around here... would be interesting I am sure! Hugs!

Vickie said...

Wonderful gardens. We had garden tours every summer in Greendale.

Margaret said...

Very nice! It's actually pretty amazing that people are willing to let others tramp through their gardens like that. Very generous! And very enjoyable too!

Pam in IL said...

I don't stitch on black much, but I'll have to remember to stitch with natural daylight next time. Bee on Black looks great!

You visited some wonderful gardens!

Barb said...

I always enjoy garden tours. I love some of the "art" that you photographed in the gardens you visited plus just beautiful plants and combinations. Maybe if I decided to stitch on black, I'll have to do it in the day light! I appreciate your advice on what worked for you.

Mouse said...

ooo well done on the wee finish ... loved the tour today ...
catching up as always ..lol off to go and read some more posts :) love mouse xxxx

blue star stitcher said...

The collection of nozzles along the fence is great. Do you get to meet the gardeners themselves during the tour? I always love hearing people's stories of how their gardens came to be.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the cute finish. That's a really lovely garden.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I enjoyed stitching this one too! I agree the color really does pop. Very nice!

Andrea said...

Wonderful tours, some beautiful gardens. A great stitching finish too.