My veggie and flower garden has been growing like mad. It is yielding squash after squash and there is not a prayer we can eat them all. I've started making some "crock pickles" in a 6 gallon crock that came from my mother-in-law. First time on this and they smell awesome. It is a bit of a leap of faith though. My recipe came from "Putting Food By" but is similar to this one. There is a local pickle company called Real Pickles in Greenfield which makes awesome pickles, carrots, beets and sauerkraut in a similar way. You can check out their website here.
My upcoming weekend is a "Celebration of Color and Flowers." Cleaning lots of stuff up for the next batch of guests and I am still painting furniture and walls. I can't believe how many hours I have spent painting this summer...... It will never be done. I keep finding more walls and furniture that needs new paint.
Here are some lovely "pom pom flowers" from my garden. They are almost all varieties of amaranth but I didn't keep the labels and can't figure out what I have grown. I'm in it for the beauty, texture and the color anyway and these are not disappointing, to say the least. They look smashing in big vases.....
Chartruese Amaranth - How wild. I can never get enough chartruese!
A collection of other amaranths along with a "pom pom cosmos" (my name - they call it "bon bon"). Hey, I'm a knitter and you gotta go with what you love!
A detail shot of a bi-color amaranth.
Zinnias are coming along and I should have some soon. Looking forward to vases full of brightly colored zinnias for sure.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.