My purple coneflowers are less than vigorous (I think they could use more sun), but the colors are still stupendous. I've never knit a Fair Isle sweater, but I can see where inspiration comes from, can't you? Oh, wouldn't it be fabulous? What a color combo! You can click on all the pics to "make big," of course, and the hydrangea has a special, long-legged surprise.
I looked out the window to the back garden on Wednesday and saw a small, frothy bunch of pink flowers that I've never seen before. I thought: No! Is it...? Could it...? Dare I think it...?? Is my Queen-of-the-Prairie finally in bloom??? IT IS!!! I don't know how many years ago I planted this thing -- I'm sure Maddy was still in grade school. It was planning on the tall side of three to six feet tall, making this a highlight and centerpiece of the garden. The flower atop that tall stalk that reminded me of a pumped-up astilbe. Well, the thing's never grown much taller than my waist and isn't even that tall this year, but there's finally a flower! It's more like Princess-of-the-Prairie size, but princesses often grow up to be queens, do they not? First the peonies flower for the first time this year and now this -- I don't even tend much to the gardens these days, and look how I'm rewarded!
I had an email from my library this morning, in response to my April inquiry about borrowing Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Workshop" DVD through the state-wide interlibrary loan system. One of the librarians wrote that she'd just received this notice: "...because of its popularity these owning libraries will not circulate it outside their systems. I ordered a copy for our library this morning so when it comes in and gets processed you will be the first to check it out." Emphasis is mine... ALL MINE! I really do feel like hugging her, but that would be kind of weird, so I did the next best thing. I wrote back, thanking her profusely, telling her that she made my day, and admitting that, while I often say it to other people, I don't often say it to the people that matter: I love my library! (She wrote back and said that I made her day, too, and so, really, we're just having a library love-fest over here to kick off the weekend. What goes around, comes around and all that.)
Have a great weekend.